if an egg gets wet...

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by onthespot, Dec 18, 2008.

  1. onthespot

    onthespot Deluxe Dozens

    Mar 29, 2008
    Riverside/Norco, CA
    can it still be hatched? I found a damp egg in the run yesterday, not exactly sitting in water, but in the splash pattern because a tarp was displaced a few inches and a single drip was landing just close enough to spritz the egg... I put it in the bator anyhow. Should I just take it out because it is a lost cause and will explode, or should I just chance it?

  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    I bet it'll be fine. Some even wash eggs. Now if it was cracked, dripped on, and shipped a few thousand miles, I'd ditch it.
  3. spookyevilone

    spookyevilone Crazy Quail Lady

    Oct 5, 2008
    Quote:I'd try to hatch it just to see if it would [​IMG]
  4. JoanneNC

    JoanneNC In the Brooder

    Dec 8, 2007
    I just finished hatching 6 that had been washed and then refrigerated so I would definitely say try it.


  5. chickNjake

    chickNjake Songster

    Sep 3, 2008
    east tn
    I just hatched an egg I found in the bottom of the run, after it had been raining, BURIED in..."mud" and I thought I'd try it and... it hatched [​IMG] I named it pigpen [​IMG]
  6. swtangel321

    swtangel321 ~Crazy Egg Lady~

    Jul 11, 2008
    I'd give it a try !! Cant be any worse than eggs that get shipped 10000 miles get droped, kicked.
  7. RainForestBird

    RainForestBird Songster

    Jul 12, 2016
    I see conflicting information about getting eggs wet. Some say to mist your eggs to get the humidity to stay high. Others say to be extremely careful when filling the wells in the incubator not to get water on the eggs. There's a huge game bird breeder that instructs people to mist their duck eggs on day ten of incubation. Is this species- dependent (i.e., chickens - no, ducks-yes)? I have quail eggs that are damp from the condensation in my incubator, will they hatch? I did mist my pheasant eggs because the humidity kept dropping and it was hot-I found this in an article about temperature spikes, they said you can even submerge the eggs in water if the temp spikes in your incubator. None of the pheasant eggs hatched. I suspect they weren't fertile, but that was bad.

  8. SunHwaKwon

    SunHwaKwon Crowing

    Jul 19, 2015
    Eastern Shore, MD
    I mist the incubator during lockdown (and occasionally during incubation) because I need very high humidity for my guineas eggs. The eggs do get water droplets on them. I also hatch guinea eggs after they've been out in the rain (so do guineas, turkeys, and wild birds and I'm sure some chickens). The duck thing is a species specific requirement. I think it is also done for goose eggs, which makes sense since they are waterfowl.

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