Removing poop from eggs to be hatched?

_Randall_

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I think I read on here that eggs that you are going to hatch shouldn't be "washed". Fact or fiction? If not, what's the best way to remove the poop?
 

Opa

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A friend of mine washes all of her eggs and has excellent hatches. When you think about how clean you would like to have your incubator when you start out why would you want to comtaminate it as soon as you start.
 

Friend2Fowl

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You can wash them, just make sure the water is warmer than the egg, and that you don't rub them too much.
 

kyeschicks

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I have a question.... why can't I mark my eggs with a marker? or a stamp?
 

Friend2Fowl

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That's what I'm curious about...................What would I be rubbing off?

If you rub them too hard, you will rub off the bloom, which is a protective coating that is on the egg to keep bacteria out. Just run or dip them under warm water and wipe lightly with a damp cloth.
I have some coturnix eggs in my bator that are just plain nasty, they are still developing
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Friend2Fowl

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You can! I do it all the time. I don't know about a stamp, a regular old marker works just fine.
 

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