should I clean eggs under my broody?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by claraserena, May 26, 2007.

  1. claraserena

    claraserena Songster

    Mar 5, 2007
    Our Buff Orphington, Laydy Madonna, started setting on the eggs in the nesting box 3 days ago. This is the second time she has been broody. She's a great setter and mom. She's in a closed off area with food and water and seems content. She's very sweet. Today she let me lift her off the eggs--I wanted to see how many were there (13) and what shape they are in. Well, one had broken and several of the eggs have broken egg and nest stuff/downy feather stuck to them. I relined her nest and put the eggs (as is) back and her back on them. My question is, the next time I check the eggs should I try to clean them? With what? When?
  2. kstaven

    kstaven Crowing

    Jan 26, 2007
    BC, Washington Border
    I would advise you not to clean them. if you do they will lose the natural protective coating and lose moisture too quickly.
  3. smom1976

    smom1976 too many projects too little time!

    May 2, 2008
    Pensacola, FL
    but with the yolk all over the egg will that make them not hatch too?

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