Should I clean off dirty eggs before I start incubating?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by chicmom, Mar 24, 2011.

  1. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    Hello! I just rec'd 18 hatching eggs in the mail......These eggs are kinda dirty. Should they be washed or cleaned before I incubate them? And if I should wash them, how do I do that?

    Thank you!
     
  2. britsngrits

    britsngrits Out Of The Brooder

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    Do NOT wash the eggs before putting in the incubator or the bloom can be destroyed. If they are heavily soiled you can brush them off. I have put eggs in the incubator that had a bit of nest dirt on them/stains and they were just fine. Only remove what would easily come off by gently wiping with a scotch scrubbie... or a very fine gritt sand paper... gentle is the key!!!!
     
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  3. Desert Rooster

    Desert Rooster El Gallo Del Desierto

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    Quote:x2
     
  4. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    OK, thank you both for the info! That'll make things easier for me!
     
  5. ThaJuicyJuice

    ThaJuicyJuice Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I do if its really bad and have great hatch rates
     
  6. jvls1942

    jvls1942 Overrun With Chickens

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    wash them.. high humidity and poop make for a breeding ground for bacteria.. blume is over rated..
     
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  7. ThaJuicyJuice

    ThaJuicyJuice Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:My thoughts exactly
     
  8. Gypsy07

    Gypsy07 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Me personally, I would wash them. I sanitise my own eggs by dunking them in a hot dilute bleach solution and they hatch better than the ones I leave unwashed (as a control group)... All the big commercial hatcheries sanitise their hatching eggs and if it didn't give them better hatch rates they wouldn't be doing it.
     
  9. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

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    I wash and sanitize all of my hatching eggs. 99+% of all eggs hatched in this country are washed and sanitized.
     
  10. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    OK, changing my mind here....majority rules! I will wash them........What do y'all use to wash your eggs?
     

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