Question about washing hatching eggs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by FordFamilyFarm, Apr 6, 2008.

  1. FordFamilyFarm

    FordFamilyFarm In the Brooder

    Mar 23, 2008
    I know you're not supposed to wash hatching eggs -- I've read that in several different places. But I've also read not to put "poopy" or dirty eggs in the incubator also. It rained all day yesterday and is very muddy outside, so all of the eggs I collected this morning (intending to put them in the incubator) have mud and/or poop on them. I really want to set these, but don't want to waste time either.

    So, my question is, has anyone had success with gently washing the eggs (with water only, of course) and placing them directly into the incubator? Or should we just eat these and wait until the weather is better so we get clean eggs? Thanks!

  2. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I'd wash them and eat them and wait for clean eggs to go in the incubator.
  3. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

    Jan 30, 2007
    You don't wash hatching eggs... I'd let them dry real well and then take a dry paper towel or dry cloth to them...I've received a couple dirty eggs before with shipped eggs and they hatched just fine...I did try to get as much dirt off as possible tho...
  4. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    You'll find us all with mixed opinions. I would clean them off with a damp paper towel. Some people say to wash and some say not to wash. I would clean them off with the least amount of water possible.

    I did a lot of research with my last hatch of goose eggs and I had to disinfect those so I know the dirty waterfowl eggs are washed.

    Dirty eggs can grow bacteria. Some strains fo bacteria can infect your incubator and make it unusable.

    Let us know what you decide to do.
  5. FordFamilyFarm

    FordFamilyFarm In the Brooder

    Mar 23, 2008
    Right now they are in the incubator, but I just put them in an hour ago or so. So if I take them out now, I can still eat them. If I wait, then I can't. I thought I might leave them in until I can candle them and see what happens.

    Thanks for the tip about the bacteria possibly messing up the incubator, Miss Prissy. I wouldn't want that to happen! Those things aren't cheap.
  6. lockedhearts

    lockedhearts It's All About Chicken Math

    Apr 29, 2007
    I can tell you, i have been using the "magic Eraser" I buy the Wal Mart brand instead of MR Clean, Wet it, wring it out and my eggs are clean clean clean. No worse than using a damp towel and way les work. I cleaned my hatching eggs this way and the cochin ones were really dirty and they are growing. I just made sure my water was warm.
  7. Leslie In North Pole

    Leslie In North Pole Songster

    Mar 7, 2007
    North Pole, AK
    I use damp paper towels, no rubbing. Just wrap the egg in the paper towel for a minute or so and if it comes off with a gentle wipe, I will use that egg for hatching after I have let it dry for a couple of hours. If it is really stuck on, those eggs go to the consume pile. The bloom of the egg can usually protect the egg from pulling contamination through the shell.

    I think the real secret is to train our birds to wipe their feet before entering their nests.. I figure I have a better chance of that than getting the kids to take their shoes off at the door. [​IMG]

    I would think you would run the largest risk with waterfowl eggs that had fecal matter on them that you were misting, as this could pull bacteria in with the moisture.
  8. billson1

    billson1 In the Brooder

    Jan 22, 2007
    lecenter minnesota
    yes you need to wash and disinfect hatching eggs i use household bleach 1 capfull to a gallon
  9. sandspoultry

    sandspoultry Everybody loves a Turkey

    Feb 10, 2008
    Eastern NC
    Yes we have set dirty eggs. Also we have washed them in luck warm water and gently
    rub with just our hands. We also set our "culls" from after we do auctions
    and have gotten surprisely good hatching.
    S and S Poultry
  10. hiddenmagnolia

    hiddenmagnolia Songster

    Dec 21, 2007
    South Louisiana
    I have always just used warm running water. wash good then dry.

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