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Hatching a washed egg (10 messages)
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Score: 23
I do not usually wash my eggs unless they are really bad. My question is can you incubate a washed egg.
2/4/2014 12:56 PM report abuse
Score: 2
I would't. Washing an egg allows it to become diseased and the embryo will get sick and die quickly.
2/12/2014 11:48 AM report abuse
Score: 9
I know a lot of chicken farmers use a very fine sandpaper.
2/17/2014 7:36 PM report abuse
Pheasant Hollow Farm
Score: 4
Slate, WV
I have been incubating and hatching pheasants and chicken eggs for 13 years with a 90% hatch rate.
Washing hatching eggs isn't a problem at all. Wash them with warm water and Dawn liquid soap. Dry them well and let the eggs sit at room temp for 24hrs before placing them in the incubator.

Pheasant Hollow Farm
Slate WV
2/21/2014 4:41 AM report abuse

McMurray Hatchery
If you are incubating eggs, you should not wash them unless they are very dirty (then just rinse with water). Eggs are very porous so if you wash the protective coating off, it can allow bacteria to get in the egg during incubation.
2/21/2014 1:10 PM report abuse
Score: 23
I had to wash three of the fourty. Day fourteen everybody was moving around. Maybe the ones I washed will stay alive. Quick rinse was all they got but they were filthy.
2/21/2014 2:35 PM report abuse
Score: 9
If you wash the eggs with water they are fine. I never had a bad hatch rate bc of it.
2/21/2014 4:33 PM report abuse
Score: 23
Thanks everybody. Following advice of all of y'all I went to lockdown last night. Had three eggs pipped this morning and a lot of chirping. Humidity is crazy but temp is holding. Humidity is jumping between 65 & 75%. I think all is well. Anymore advice is WELCOME!!
2/25/2014 10:23 AM report abuse
Score: 9
Congrats!!!! Humidity will jump around as they hatch nothing to worry about.
2/25/2014 11:33 AM report abuse
Score: 0
If they are really dirty I wash them, as I always have a very good hatch rate, at least 90% and I have hatched thousands.
12/12/2014 6:37 PM report abuse