To wash eggs or not to wash eggs that is the question ^_^

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by floridachickhatcher, May 24, 2011.

  1. floridachickhatcher

    floridachickhatcher Chillin' With My Peeps

    576
    2
    131
    May 22, 2011
    Hollister,FL
    I have seen online that some people wash the eggs before they put them in the incubator to take any bacteria off the egg and my mom said that there is a film on the egg to protect it but seeing as how our hens use the nest boxes as bathrooms i thought it would be wise if i start washing them i mean they aren't growing any embryos yet so it shouldn't hurt them right? I was just going to wash them in plain water but my mom started thinking maybe we should use an all natural egg wash on them any suggestions would be helpful
     
  2. Rachel's Hobby Hatchery

    Rachel's Hobby Hatchery Chillin' With My Peeps

    166
    0
    101
    Jul 16, 2010
    North West Michagan
    IDK, when hens incubate eggs naturally they dont wash there eggs and the babies are just fine. I have never washed incubating eggs...
     
  3. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

    5,390
    131
    303
    Aug 13, 2007
    North/Central Florida
    Whereas on the other hand I do wash all of my hatching eggs.

    An incubator is a warm and humid place. Which makes for a great environment for growing all sorts of microbial life as well as producing chicks. I like to keep the microbial load in my box as low as possible so I wash and sanitize all of my hatching eggs.
     
  4. bargain

    bargain Love God, Hubby & farm Premium Member

    8,373
    64
    326
    Apr 13, 2008
    Bowdon, GA
    We probably all do things differently and that's good because I'd be scared if everyone was alike:) For me, I don't wash the egg because I would be afraid of ruining the bloom on the egg. I am a farmer and farmers have strong hands, so I have to really be careful around eggs! Our hatch rates have been great! I do clean the incubators before reloading though....This is an important step! Have a blessed day. Nancy
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by