To mist or not to mist (EGGS)

Discussion in 'Geese' started by sunleacreations, Feb 14, 2012.

  1. sunleacreations

    sunleacreations Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just found 2 eggs from my Sebastopol, they are that first of the season so I'm not sure how fertile and this is my first time incubating Goose eggs so I was wondering who likes to mist and who prefers to just leave them be. I also noticed they are a little discolored with dirt, i pulled all the straw off, should i wash them or let them be and if i wash them how should i go about doing so.

    Right now i have a forced air hovabator, i don't have the racks for goose so i will be turning by hand! on the bright side i have a King Suro on order to make my life easier. I have not set them yet, I'm waiting to see if i get a few more and what the verdict is on misting.

    Thanks!!!
     
  2. CelticOaksFarm

    CelticOaksFarm Family owned, family run

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    Never wash an egg going to be incubated. We have racks that auto turn with the eggs on their sides, but I also hand turn 3 times a day and mist when I turn the eggs. Good luck with your eggs.
     
  3. psue

    psue Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm confused[​IMG] If you are never supose to wash an egg how do you keep notes on it (per Pete55) I understand it's perferable not to wash. I also know never to use warm/hot water it'll cause the pores to open more. But sometimes the eggs are horrid. Do we just eat those?
    P. Sue
     
  4. littledear

    littledear Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I rinse the worst of the dirt off of my goose eggs and then let them air dry. I have an Iowa farm background and my family said the bloom on the egg helped keep it from spoiling, but if you don't use soap some stays in and on the pores. I tried the goose turners for my hovabator and didn't like them so I mist and hand turn my eggs. I also incubated the first eggs from all three of my geese, all of which are less than a year old and I have only had 5 that weren't fertile out of 30. This is my third time to incubate eggs so I don't feel as if I am an authority by any means and I am still learning.
     
  5. Enchanted Sunrise Farms

    Enchanted Sunrise Farms Overrun With Chickens

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    i have 6 Sebastopol eggs coming to me from ebay now, so will be following your thread and hoping for some good tips. i have never incubated goose eggs, but a good friend has. He said he does mist his every day and has very good hatches.
     
  6. psue

    psue Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks Littledear,
    I helped my Grandma with chickens but had never used an incubator or handled Geese.
    I got my Embdens in Dec. thanks to the mild winter and got in a hurry and bought an incubator, stoled eggs from Momma and started them on the 8th.. I didn't wash them they weren't that dirty and they are growing[​IMG]
    I got a trio of Pilgrims for Valentines Day and the man gave us the 4 eggs he found in their pen. One was craked and the others were bad enough I really couldn't tell if they were cracked until I washed them off (cool water,no soap).
    All I can do is wait and see if I am doing anything right[​IMG]
    P. Sue
     
  7. littledear

    littledear Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Pete posted a thread on incubating goose eggs that is very informative. Just type it up in the search bar.
     
  8. sunleacreations

    sunleacreations Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Celtic Oaks I am getting a king suro so it will accomodate the goose eggs and i know to put them on the side, if you have a turner why do you still hand turn them? Since everyone likes to mist how often and how long should they be out of the incubator to cool or do you just mist while they are in there? Is tap water ok to use? we are on a well.
     
  9. CelticOaksFarm

    CelticOaksFarm Family owned, family run

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    I hand turn because otherwise they stay in the same spot (date side up) the entire time. The extra turning seems to help. I turn all the goose eggs, mist and close back up after hand turning the Emu eggs and misting the duck eggs. So the cabinet door is open may e 5-7 min when I go in three times a day.

    I never wash hatching eggs. I will wipe off with a paper towel. I also use Mr Clean magic erasers to take heavy stuff off if needed. Changing the bedding often and turning it helps keep clean eggs for hatching. We have 1 duck who insists on laying the dirt.
     
  10. pete55

    pete55 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi

    As per my previous article I do tend to wash the eggs in tepid water, especially the Dewlaps. I dont rub the shell but try to lightly rinse so any dirt, bacteria etc is not rubbed into the pores of the egg shell. I also mist as a method of cooling the eggs through evaporation when cooling daily. This encourages good gas exchange for the embryo and moisture loss from the egg. However cooling and misting is not started until the 2nd week when the eggs are clearly fertile on candling..

    Pete [​IMG]
     

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