hello everyone, there's an avian flu quarantine in place in Ireland at the moment so the geese are spending all their time in their enclosures resulting in very soiled caked in dried eggs. I've been washing them thoroughly, often having to scrub them down before putting them into the incubator but I've been having a lot of quitters, sometimes a whole batch just quit between 7 - 15days. Could the washing have anything to do with it? I've always clean my eggs under the faucet and had good success last year so I m not sure where I've gone wrong. They are healthy prime stock albeit unhappy at the moment being locked in. We build them new enclosures so they could have more room, and this week we added a sun deck so they can be outside but we can tell they really long for the grass and we cant cut it for them because of the quarantine. It's frustrating, we live up on the mountain in the middle of nowhere, there arent any wild birds here. None of our friends (some of whom lived by the public lake and river) even bothered locking up their flock but we are law abiding old folks who didnt want our flock being taken from us for not following the rule. Could it be the washing that is causing poor embryo development? or could it be that they are just not happy?