The WATER you use in incubater ?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Crower, Feb 15, 2011.

  1. Crower

    Crower In the Brooder

    Jan 8, 2011
    new jersey
    I understand that baciteria grows in your incubator which can lower your hatch rate. I have read articles in which some people say to use a antibacterial soap to wash eggs before hatching. My question is as follows. Is slightly clorinated water safe to use in the incubater. Could this perhaps be benifical . I am talking about the water you use to control Humidity. I personaly use well water. I appreciate any feed back .THANKS Crower
    Last edited: Feb 15, 2011
  2. dadsdeercamp

    dadsdeercamp Say goodnight gracie

    Sep 24, 2010
    Mora MN.
    i clean my incubator with bleach water after every hatch with no problems. hatched 11 out of 12 my last hatch
    Last edited: Feb 15, 2011
  3. magoochie

    magoochie Songster

    Dec 26, 2010
    Grantsburg, WI
    It is my understanding that you do NOT want to wash the eggs.

    I believe any water is fine, as long as you do a thorough cleaning after each hatch.
  4. dadsdeercamp

    dadsdeercamp Say goodnight gracie

    Sep 24, 2010
    Mora MN.
    do not wash your eggs!!! only use the bleach water to clean your incubator
  5. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    I wash egg an all hatcherys that I know of do to. Does it make much difference ether way? No I just use hot water to wash the eggs myself. I wash the incubator with 10 to 1 bleach water. I use regular city water for humidity...
  6. gumbii

    gumbii Songster

    Oct 7, 2010
    bell gardens, ca
    you guys totally mis understood the question...

    my friend uses RO water on the incubator... we're reefers and have RO/DI units installed for pure H2O... but i'm too lazy, and use tap water... chlorinated too... no biggie... i drink that water too... it's not that bad... but i know some cities put a lot of chlorine and chloramines in the city water... i'd watch out about that stuff... i hear that it evaporates in a matter of minutes, but if it evaporates, it's staying in your incubator in the humidity...

    maybe use drinking water, but my bator waste a lot of water during incubation... i dunno how much water you would use... every bator is different...
  7. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    I use tap water. That's what they're gonna be drinking every day of their life with me anyway (except for rain puddles of course) so they might as well get tough early [​IMG]
  8. ND Sue

    ND Sue Songster

    Sep 20, 2009
    Our area has some very hard tap water. So hard that it leaves white sediment if left to evaporate.
    So I use RO water. I was even thinking distilled would be a good choice too, but I don't have it on hand so just use the reverse osmosis.
    The reason I use RO is so the incubator doesn't have a bunch of mineral sediment on it more so than bacteria.
  9. gumbii

    gumbii Songster

    Oct 7, 2010
    bell gardens, ca

    made a good point... gonna turn on my RO/DI right now and fill up two gallons or so...
  10. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    I'm on well water, which is untreated and VERY hard. I used distilled water in the humidity pumps until I got lazy and used "filtered" water (what I use for cooking, via a Britta pitcher). After several hatches, I noticed the ick in the tubing, and had to replace some of it. I am going back to keeping a gallon of distilled water on hand for the incubators.

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