She pooped on an egg. what should I do?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by wbruder17, Apr 22, 2011.

  1. wbruder17

    wbruder17 Songster

    Jun 7, 2010
    Portland, OR
    So, my silly silkie absolutely does not get off her nest come hell or high water. I try to lift her off the nest but she doesn't always want to poop when I do this and she just covered one of the eggs with the most lovely broody poo you can imagine. I almost puked trying to clean it up. I wiped off the offended egg as gently as I could with a wet paper towel, but im not too sure what else I need to do. Is this egg ruined now? Will the bacteria etc. Spread to the other eggs? I tried to trim her butt feathers too as she was also sitting in her poop, but she is a VICIOUS mama when she's setting and I try not to bother her except when she does this crap. Literally.[​IMG]

  2. midget_farms

    midget_farms Songster

    Apr 15, 2008
    Dunlap Illinois
    The egg will be fine - just wipe it off & stuff it back under there.

    Chickens deal with chicken poop their entier lives.
  3. wbruder17

    wbruder17 Songster

    Jun 7, 2010
    Portland, OR
    Yes, that does make sense, doesn't it.
  4. Celtic Chick

    Celtic Chick Crowing

    Apr 7, 2011
    SE Wis
    You did the right thing. Wiping poo off with paper towels is best. It is when you submerge eggs in water is when you can force bacteria into the egg, and wash off the eggs "bloom", or protective cuticle, which protects the egg from bacteria.
    You did just fine. [​IMG]

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