Wash or not to wash eggs before putting in bator

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by feather2, Jun 4, 2010.

  1. feather2

    feather2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    These are r e a l l y dirty and they are resting for the 12 hours. Can I wash them before putting them in the incubator? Seems like i would be adding a whole bunch of germs or ecoli or something if I don't wash them. Let me know quickly. Thanks
     
  2. chichi56788

    chichi56788 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just quickly rubbed mine with a cloth in warm water. It got all the dirt off.
     
  3. feather2

    feather2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    okay, thanks.....I will do it right now.
     
  4. patnjess

    patnjess Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I always wash mine, really warm water 1/4 tsp of bleach in a large coffee cup, dunk for 20-30 sec wipe with paper towel then in the bator. I read this in Storey's guide. My hathc rate is awesome.
    I have 15 eggs in the bator now. Never have had any exploders or stinking eggs.
     
  5. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

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    I wash and sanitize mine as well. Using one tablespoon of bleach to a gallon of warm water, well mixed. Soak them for about a minute then drain and allow to air dry.
     
  6. feather2

    feather2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for all your help. I feel much better about putting these eggs in clean!!
     
  7. Sunny Side Up

    Sunny Side Up Count your many blessings...

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    Would this be a good idea to do before mailing eggs for hatching? Or for the recipient to do before loading their incubator?
     
  8. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

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    I'd let the buyer make that decision.
     
  9. Elite Silkies

    Elite Silkies Overrun With Chickens

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    My daughter washed one of my eggs and I didn't think it would hatch, but it did. I might try washing mine in the bleach solution this time.
     

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