Muddy duck egg

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Ariel301, Jul 30, 2010.

  1. Ariel301

    Ariel301 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I took in a group of Pekin and Runner ducks that are pretty old, I was just going to put them in the freezer next time I butcher a load of chickens. Well, today one laid an egg! In the muddiest, nastiest, grossest spot in the pen imaginable! Then it looks like she rolled it around in the mud just for good measure; I almost stepped on it because it looked like just a mudball. I'd like to try hatching it if it has any chance, but how should I clean it up? Or should I just leave it the way it is? (There is a male in the group so it's got a chance of being fertile).
     
  2. chickboss

    chickboss Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 23, 2010
    Storey's Guide to Raising Ducks recomends washing them, so you wouldn't be the first. I would give it a gentle rinse, if it was really bad, and try not to remove all of the bloom if you can help it.
     
  3. Ariel301

    Ariel301 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm not sure "gentle rinse" is going to cut it with this one lol...it's pretty stuck on stuff! Our mud pretty much hardens into bricks when it dries. I'll give it a try though.
     

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