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Tips/Tricks cleaning styro bator

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by ro.netcmarie, Apr 14, 2009.

  1. ro.netcmarie

    ro.netcmarie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    need to clean my strofoam bator after my first hatch. it really stinks in there!!! [​IMG] [​IMG] need to know how to clean it without damaging it. help please. thanks for any inputs.
     
  2. I'vegotchickenfever

    I'vegotchickenfever Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm gonna follow this post cuz I wanna know too! [​IMG]
     
  3. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

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    I take the bottom, the wire and the plastic liner, set them in the bathtub in a hot water bath of weak bleach ( 2 capfuls & dawn dish liquid) to soak for an hour, rinse well and set out in the sun to day all day. The top with the fan & heating elements I just wipe down with a damp cloth in the same solution and dry, set in the sun to air dry.
     
  4. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    Do you have a Little Giant incubator ?
     
  5. thebigroo

    thebigroo Out Of The Brooder

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    I use the bleach type cleaners sold in stores and wash it out in the bathtub. If it is really bad I go to the backyard and use the same stuff and wash it out with the hose on low. I then air day it for several days. Hope this helps.
     
  6. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    I used sponges to get the humidity to go up. Can I also wash the sponges in the bleach water in the bath tub while I am soaking the bottom half of my hatcher?
     
  7. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

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    Quote:I always use new sponges for humidity, never the same ones.
     
  8. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    Enola sneaks off to throw sponges in the trash . . . .
     
  9. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    I do have another question though . . .

    Since my new liner for my LG hatcher has not arrived yet and I have more eggs to go in the hatcher tomorrow, can I put a paper towel under the wire rack to keep the bottom of the hatcher clean?

    Will the paper towel stop the air flow?

    Maybe I should use those 'mesh type' shelf liners instead of the paper towel ?
     
  10. LilDucky85

    LilDucky85 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I used shelf liner in the bottom of mine. I picked it up and just threw it away. Cleaning wasn't too hard. I washed it out immediately after everyone was hatched and dried. I hoped by doing this that the smell wouldn't soak in too much. I brought it outside to let it air out, and dry. I'm not sure if I should do the bleach thing now or later when I use it again?
     

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