Washing eggs for the incubator... How do you do it?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by texascowboy1979, Dec 26, 2009.

  1. texascowboy1979

    texascowboy1979 Chillin' With My Peeps

    So my dad used to hatch ostrich eggs in an incubator about 15 years ago.... and he said Im supposed to wash all eggs that go into an incubator to increase hatchability. So... how am I supposed to wash them and with what? Please advsie...
  2. lady and her girls

    lady and her girls Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 19, 2009
    I've been told never wash them. just lightly take any poo off with fine grit sand paper. I don't even do that. I just try to take what I can off with my figernails.
  3. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    Many people refuse to wash any becouse of fear of lowering there hatchability. Others wash all of them for fear of contaminateing there incubator. I wash when needed by running hot water over the egg an wipeing it with my hand or a cloth. I dont think you will help them hatch by washing them unless they are real dirty.
    Last edited: Dec 26, 2009
  4. dbcooper02

    dbcooper02 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 20, 2007
    SW Washington
    You are about to find out that opinions on this subject are like belly buttons. Everyone has one and they are all different. Myself, I wash hatching eggs under hot to the touch running tap water, rubbing the dirt off with my fingers. I let the eggs air dry and that's it.
  5. PaintedPony

    PaintedPony Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 4, 2008
    I run them under hot water and rub dirt spots with my hands until clean. Pat dry with a towel and that's it. I'm pretty new to incubating eggs though.
  6. Cloverleaf Farm

    Cloverleaf Farm Bearded Birds are Best

    Sep 16, 2008
    Levan, UT
    What dbcooper says is absolutely true. Take everyone's opinions with a grain of salt, and do what feels right to you. The only time I have ever washed eggs under running water I had only 1 out of 12 hatch, however, they had been put into the fridge, because I hadn't planned on incubating them until the last minute. But I still can't bring myself to wash them any more. [​IMG]
  7. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    I want to hear what the success hatchers say.

    I only knock off the big stuff because I don't want to remove the protective bloom.
  8. panner123

    panner123 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 15, 2007
    Garden Valley, ca
    I don't know about anyone else, but I have never seen a hen wash an egg, so yet should I. When you wash the egg, you do wash away the protective bloom (coating) on the egg. This gives micro-organisms a chance to enter the egg, which will kill the chick. At best you might wipe with a dry cloth.
  9. jenjscott

    jenjscott Mosquito Beach Poultry

    May 24, 2008
    Southeast Arkansas
    I have hatched dirty eggs, and I have hatched washed eggs. I have no statistics. The folks that hatch and raise the endangered whooping cranes wash theirs in a betadine solution. They have a good hatch rate. So when I do wash mine, It is usually a rinse in a mild betadine solution. Once I am getting enough eggs in the spring, I think I'll do an experiment with washing vrs. not washing just to see if there is any difference.
  10. rosco

    rosco Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 24, 2009
    Texas Panhandle
    Quote:excellent point! i've been mimicking nature but it prolly helps to also watch what experts do since me just getting involved isn't nature. sometimes there must be a correction of me out. like betadine.

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