yucky water in bater am I DOOMED

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by GopherBoyFarms, Sep 23, 2008.

  1. GopherBoyFarms

    GopherBoyFarms Songster

    Mar 18, 2008
    Vancouver WA
    Ok, just went to check the temps and humidity in the gopher-bator. I noticed in the pan of water there is a little gunk in there. Looks almost moldy. Am I doomed? Should I just toss all the eggs out and start over. We did a really good cleaning job on cooler prior to turning it into a bator, and after all the drilling before we set it up. But we didnt bleach it (we did use anti bacterial soap).
    Am I doomed?
    Should I try changing the water? that would mean taking the eggs all out for a while to clean pan and change water
  2. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

    Sep 14, 2008
    Adair Co., KY
    I'm not sure about thedirty water, but i don't think it would hurt to take the eggs out for 15-20 minutes, or however long it would take you to clean it. Remember, the hen usually gets off the nest at least once a day.
  3. the1much

    the1much Currently Birdless Hippy

    ya just clean it,, you could set hem on a heating pad,( set on low or medium) while you clean it,,, out of the bator for a few minutes is fine in my opinion,,, or else we all would be doomed every time we candled,,that said,, let your bator heat back up completly before putting the eggs back in,, cause it will run on high till the temp is met.
  4. Yeah...I'd just take the eggs out and clean the water container with bleach. You shouldn't have anything grow in it during the remaining incubating period.
  5. CindyS

    CindyS Songster

    Apr 14, 2008
    Geneseo, Illinois
    Yes, take all the eggs out and clean it, if the water is gunky that means there is bacteria growth and that can cause problems as the chicks hatch.
  6. Akane

    Akane Crowing

    Jun 15, 2008
    I'm not sure I'd bleach it. You really should let something dry completely after bleaching to neutralize the bleach. You might not want to leave the eggs out that long. I'd probably just dump the water and refill.
  7. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

    Sep 14, 2008
    Adair Co., KY
    Or you could make a temp water pan until it dries. I use butter bowls for extra humidity in my bator, cut down to fit under the wire. (Always new those stupid things would come in handy for something!) Maybe you could use something like that?
  8. Chicabee19

    Chicabee19 Songster

    Aug 8, 2008
    I'd take out those sponges.

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