Need some opinions on dirty shipped eggs.

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by gvntofly05, Sep 24, 2010.

  1. gvntofly05

    gvntofly05 Songster

    Sep 21, 2009
    I just got some hatching eggs in the mail and they are the dirtiest eggs I have seen. I personally would not ship out eggs that look like this to customers.

    I don't know what to do. Do I wash them before I set them? I have 15 other eggs that I set yesterday. The 6 I got today I was going to set tonight, so only 24 or so hours behind the first.

    I don't want to put the 15 at risk because these 6 are so dirty, but I also want to try to hatch the 6.

    So what would you do? Lightly wash them? Leave them be?

    Here is a pic of the eggs.

  2. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I wouldn't send that dirty of eggs out either.....I wouldn't set my own eggs if they were like that. I guess if it were me I'd wash them rather than introduce that amount of poo to my incubator.
  3. ChickieBooBoo

    ChickieBooBoo Cold Canadian Chick

    Dec 2, 2009
    dont wash them in water, you will wipe off the natural protective coating. If anything you can just try and wipe them with a DRY papertowl or something. I set dirty eggs sometimes, I have had chicks hatch from them.
  4. greenfamilyfarms

    greenfamilyfarms Big Pippin'

    Feb 27, 2008
    Elizabethtown, NC
    Are those duck or chicken eggs? Some duck eggs are dirty, but those are just way too dirty. Personally, I would email the seller and make them aware that you are not happy about how dirty the eggs were upon arrival. They should never have been shipped that way. I wouldn't even put eggs that dirty in my own incubator that my own birds lay... they would automatically get put in the dog food for our Great Pyrs.

    If you still want to make an attempt at incubating them, wash them in a sink of warm soapy water. Use a sponge or soft brush (like a toothbrush) to scrub off any dirt. Let them dry, return to room temp, and rest for 12 hours before incubating them. Good luck!
  5. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

    Jan 30, 2007
    I'd throw a fit if I received eggs that looked like that. I also would never ship out something that bad. If they were mine and I really wanted to try to hatch I would run warm tap water over them quickly and then dry them off. Better than risking the other 15 you have already in there with contamination from dirty bacteria!

    I know when it rains sometimes they can get dirty from all the walking and jumping into nests but there is no excuse for dirty, dirty.

    Good luck!
  6. LuvMyPeeps7

    LuvMyPeeps7 Chirping

    Aug 22, 2010
    [​IMG] Yucky, I couldnt do that to someone who paid for eggs thats gross.
  7. gvntofly05

    gvntofly05 Songster

    Sep 21, 2009
    They are chicken eggs!

    I'm thinking that I'm going to have to wash them and hope for the best [​IMG]

  8. TennesseeTruly

    TennesseeTruly Songster

    Mar 5, 2009
    Church Hill, TN
    I got eggs that looked like that and duck eggs that were worse than that from someone. I took a piece of sandpaper and lightly sanded the eggs to get the grime off of them. Unfortunately only one of the eggs hatched for me. I think they were just too contaminated.

    I would contact the person who sent them and let them know you are NOT happy!

  9. gvntofly05

    gvntofly05 Songster

    Sep 21, 2009
    Hubby is going to email the seller when he gets home from work.

    I am to [​IMG] about it and I have a tendency to not be very nice when I am mad [​IMG]

    He's basically going to tell them that we want a refund on the eggs. I don't trust them to send replacements. If they could send eggs like that in the first place, then who knows what other shady practices they may do.
  10. flgardengirl

    flgardengirl Songster

    Dec 2, 2009
    Sunny side up :)
    You can use emery cloth to lightly rub off the heavy poo spots if you absolutely don't want to wash them.

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