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Washing Duck Eggs before incubating?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by kuntrygirl, Mar 3, 2011.

  1. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    For those of you that incubate your duck eggs, do you wash all of the dirt and other crap off of them being placing them in the incubator or do you leave the dirt on? Does it harm the egg if you wash it?
     
  2. chickenlover96

    chickenlover96 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    you should give them a quick rinse if they are very dirty but if there nit dirty then just leave them
     
  3. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    Quote:So no soaking them in water? My ducks get the eggs so darn dirty. I don't know how they do it. You almost need a brillo pad to get them clean.
     
  4. Suzie

    Suzie Overrun With Chickens

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    For what it is worth I don't wash any duck eggs for incubation - mine are always hatched by my Muscovy girl " Julia" - I was told that because they have an almost oily/greasy surface that this is protection for the embryo. Cleaning can intervene with the protective outer surface, making the embryo susceptible to germs/bacteria etc.

    It may be advisable to seek help before you wash them - my Muscovy girl washes herself frequently while she is broody and she will sit on her eggs afterwards - the eggs do look mucky throughout their hatching but so far all have survived without any intervention from me.

    Good luck!
     
  5. The Duck ABC's

    The Duck ABC's Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can wash the eggs, but then you have to handle them different. First if you wash use water that is 20 degree warmer so the dirt get expelled and not pulled it. After washing they need to be incubated with more humidity and no spraying with water either. The humidity needs to be 10% higher then normal, but still the same during lock down. Large hatcheries wash all their eggs, because that keep the bacteria grows in the incubators down.
    I do not wash my eggs, but do use a scrub pad to remove dirt. BTW I do not have much dirt because I use pine shavings, which I replace daily.
     
  6. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    Thanks for all of the information everyone. The reason that I am asking about washing eggs is because so many people want to purchase my muscovy ducks eggs for hatching and I want to make sure that I am doing the right thing. When I collect the eggs, the eggs are so dirty. The ducks are laying eggs all over. I don't want to give customers dirty eggs, so I am not sure what to do as far as washing the eggs. What do you all think I should do as far as not having to give my customers dirty eggs for incubating? I would appreciate any advice. Thanks again everyone. You all have been so helpful.
     

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