Incubators sanitizer ? Advice needed

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  1. BusyBearMama

    BusyBearMama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What is the best cleaner for my styro incubator, something I can get at agway or tsc that isn't toxic. Also if you've got advice maybe you can answer this too... How long after being laid can an egg usually wait to begin incubation? I never thought about it before it was always just a few days whatever but now I'm wondering what people know.
     
  2. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    I use bleach water to clean mine between hatches. As for eggs; most people prefer a week or less (old) to incubate. Many won't incubate over a week old. The recommendation is under 10 days. After two weeks the experts say that hatch rate significantly decreases.
     
  3. BusyBearMama

    BusyBearMama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the advice! Anyone have any non bleach ideas? Something antibacterial though
     
  4. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    Some use an antibacterial liquid dish soap.
     
  5. AmericanMom

    AmericanMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wash with hot soapy water then dip in a diluted (1 cap to three gallons water) hot solution then rinse again, set out on the porch to air dry.. The lid I just use a wash cloth to wash off.
     
  6. Percheron chick

    Percheron chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nolvasan (chlorhexidine) is probably the best antimicrobial, virucidal product.
     
  7. BusyBearMama

    BusyBearMama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks all :)
     
  8. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener True BYC Addict

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    If bleach is good enough for hospital sanitation, it's good enough for me. Once the smell is dissipated, it is not toxic. I sanitize the bator after hatch, and just to be sure, give it a bit of a wipe down before starting it up again.
     
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