How to clean wooden bator?????????

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by ginbart, Aug 5, 2009.

  1. ginbart

    ginbart Crowing

    Mar 9, 2008
    Bloomsburg, PA
    I have a large cabinet bator made of wood. The trays are wood sides and the bottom of the trays are metal. How do I clean it to make sure it’ sanitized. I don’t want to loose any more eggs. I’m not sure I should put this here but it is an Emergency because I’m getting eggs on Friday and want to make sure it’s clean. Thanks for the help.
  2. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Crowing

    Mar 25, 2008
    Boy, that's a tough one.

    The best thing I could think to do is to spray it down with a fine mist of Oxine. Don't soak it, just a good mist. Other than that, I wouldn't know of anything else to do.
  3. purpletree23

    purpletree23 Songster

    May 15, 2009
    What company made the bator? Can you call them or look on line for cleaning instructions?
  4. ginbart

    ginbart Crowing

    Mar 9, 2008
    Bloomsburg, PA
    The bator is so old and I don't know who made it. All I know is it holds over 600 eggs. I'd try the Oxine. But what is it?
  5. purpletree23

    purpletree23 Songster

    May 15, 2009
    I think that would leave a harmful residue and go right through the eggs to the developing chickens and harm them. Let me see what I can google.
  6. threehorses

    threehorses Songster

    Apr 20, 2009
    I used tektrol on my cabinet (wooden) incubators. Are they painted wood? A weird off light brown color? Maybe look up "sportsman" incubators.

    is also good but likely you can't get any locally - you have to order it.

    Since it's a solid surface, clean everything very well with soap and hot water. Get all the dirt out. Then for surfaces without dirt, you can try bleach.

    Virkon is another to consider. It's safe to use and very effective.

    No matter what you use, air out the incubator after using. let it run a day or two ahead of time (which you want to do anyway to make sure it's running right, especially with the big cabinet incubators like the Sportmans.
    MSUCares is king of this type of thing. Here's some articles I know you'll find handy:

    Disinfecting incubators:

    nature of disinfectants (what the terms mean so you'll know EXACTLY what each thing does):

    specific disinfection types around poultry:

    The latter will help you tell if the disinfectant will be disabled by what you're trying to clean (for example, bleach can't be used where there is dirt - it won't work).

    Ohhh new eggs, huh? What kind?
    Last edited: Aug 5, 2009
  7. ginbart

    ginbart Crowing

    Mar 9, 2008
    Bloomsburg, PA
    threehorses, thank you for all that informatin. I just went to the PO at 6:30 today and picked up my 7 silkies I got from AHappyChick. Now I will work on the bator. Thanks again.
  8. Pathfinders

    Pathfinders Crowing

    Jan 25, 2008
    Northern KY
    Tektrol is my disinfectant of choice when it comes to incubators. You can even spray it on eggs before hatching, so you know it's safe.

    Most poultry supply places carry it, my personal favorite is
  9. dlhunicorn

    dlhunicorn Human Encyclopedia

    Jan 11, 2007
    Quote:Be sure to ventilate the brooder thoroughly if you use for disinfection of your brooder (tektrol is not effective on spores by the way) I have seen this product positively reviewed for hatching egg sanitization however> I certainly would not use it around my live birds much less mist them with it >Tektrol is a phenol which can be toxic to birds see here: Proceedings/Labonde8.pdf
    Principles of Avian Toxicology
    "....Disinfectants (phenolic compounds): These products are rapidly absorbed through ingestion, inhalation or dermal contact. Corrosive burns can occur on the skin, eyes, and respiratory tract.
    GI burns of the mouth, pharynx, and esophagus may occur. Clinical signs include open mouth panting, vomiting, ataxia, shock, coma, and death. Treatment is similar to cationic soaps with
    special attention to acid base status and renal and hepatic function..."

    Be sure to rinse off the detergent used for cleaning and allow to dry before applying the disinfectant.

    ETA: Virkon is not the same as Virkon-S >get the virkon-S
    Last edited: Aug 6, 2009
  10. ginbart

    ginbart Crowing

    Mar 9, 2008
    Bloomsburg, PA
    This is some very good information I'm getting. I hope a lot of people are reading it. Thank you all.

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