Washing eggs??????

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Lakesidecochins, Jan 9, 2012.

  1. Lakesidecochins

    Lakesidecochins Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 27, 2011
    Bozrah ct
    So I been doing some reading on washing hatching eggs.
    Seems there are different ideas on this some people say it
    Ruins the bloom but some say it's very important to wash them to
    Keep bacteria out and some washes have a protective coating that replaces
    The bloom after washing. Any suggestions on a
    good wash? And what is the best process?
  2. ChickenPeep

    ChickenPeep Faith & Feathers

    May 1, 2011
    Olathe, Kansas
    I had a 90% hatch.
    I got a fairly moist paper towel and wiped off the poo stains, and gently washed the whole egg. [​IMG]

    Good luck!
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2012
  3. thegoldengirls

    thegoldengirls Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 12, 2009
    Central NY
    Quote:Are they for hatching or eating?
  4. thegoldengirls

    thegoldengirls Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 12, 2009
    Central NY
    Quote:Are they for hatching or eating?

    Well, I guess if I were paying attention I would notice you posted this in the "Incubating & Hatching Eggs" section. [​IMG]
  5. KandiandJerry

    KandiandJerry Chillin' With My Peeps

    I use a scrubbing pad on mine and then rinse them with little better than warm water and I am hatching 95-98% every time...........
  6. Lady Chickadee

    Lady Chickadee Rocky Top Silkies

    Apr 1, 2011
    Central Kentucky
    I do that to. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Jan 11, 2012
  7. Arielle

    Arielle Chicken Obsessed

    Feb 19, 2011
    Massachusetts, USA
    I don't wash my eggs either. I select the clean eggs but have used slightly soiled eggs too. The bloom is the first defense to stop bacteria. Internally the eggs has a unique method of stopping bacteria that is in the albumen. Obviously not a perfect system but still IMO pretty impressive. I also think that the big facilities have huge money riding on the hatches and put 100,000 plus eggs in the incubators for hatching; Good reason to sanitize the hatching eggs.

    Since I'm not a big hatchery, I pick the cleanest eggs and have needed to spot clean before setting. Still working on perfecting my hatching rate though.[​IMG]
  8. ajcress

    ajcress Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 14, 2007
    Masontown, WV
    I have never washed my eggs in the past, because mine didn't get too dirty. the eggs in the bator right now are on day 14 as tonight and I washed them.. I actually soaked them in the sink with dawn in hot water, but not soo hot I couldn't stand to wash them.. then rinsed them and blew them dry with a hairdryer.. i started out with 49 eggs. 2 were cracked, so put me down to 47. i candled on day 7 and separated the ones that appeared to not be growing then i candled again on day 10 & took them out.. there were a few that were porous but i have 29 that are growing strong and I have high hopes for them!! the others appeared to not even be fertilized.. so I am thinking that if all these peeps do hatch then it can't hurt them.. better than growing bacteria and germs in the bator and risking the good eggs.. I think it is personal preference! Did i mention that from the eggs I am hatching there were 75 hens and only 3 roosters!! So i am ok with only having 29 developing eggs! Good luck and if I were you judt do a test hatch on you own eggs and see what happens. hatcheries do it all the time!
  9. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    Every study I have ever seen + every hatchery I have ever seen says to wash every egg.

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