July 30, 2012 at 2:35 pm #525740
Ideally you don’t , is the quick answer , as you wash off the protective membrane that keeps nasties out.
But realistically eggs do sometimes get messy.Dust off what you can with a dry cloth or the rough side of kitchen towels.For home storage that may be enough but if you must , wash them and dry them thoroughly not long before you plan to use them.Wipe off damp poop without spreading it around, sand paper for dry poop.
I read somewhere recently that if you must wash thwm best to do it in hot water , something to do with the pores in the shell.I’ll see if I can find that again.Don’t know if it’s correct of course!
The base rule is wash/clean as little as possible.July 30, 2012 at 5:08 pm #525741
Thank you everyone for the advice on the ducks laying. Rayvk pretty sure one is female and the other male, the male has been jumping on the female in the pond lol… I will put straw in their small area and see if this encourages them to lay, maybe see if I can find a box to keep the straw in…July 31, 2012 at 12:26 pm #525742
Bandicoot Valley post=347116 wrote: My ducks have been laying sporadically any old place they like. I found a little nest they’d made in the wallaby hut with one egg in it a couple of days ago & saw one of the ducks in there again today so I’ve decided to leave her to it. Maybe she will sit on them & have some ducklings? Bel, did Lucky sit on hers or did you use an incubator? I’ve never had ducklings before – any tips? Or do you treat them much like you would a sitting hen?
Lucky sat on and hatched hers. She was a very good mother. She got off her nest for an hour or so every day, but covered her eggs carefully with straw before she did so. She was very trusting of us not to bother her nest. I let her collect her eggs in a nest for a while which encouraged her to sit. Given the opportunity, she would’ve sat again in the next season, but I kept finding and collecting her eggs. Once the ducklings hatched, I put out little shallow dishes of water for them to wallow in – it was so cute. I also put lots of bricks and little islands in the big pond to make it easy for the ducklings to get in and out. They were like little corks in the pond – they’d dive down the bottom and bob back up again. Very messy though! And they moved everywhere together – like a big wave!July 31, 2012 at 9:25 pm #525743
This is either Bill or Ben, one of the two pretty much identical roosters raised here , one is slightly darker around the neck.
Does anyone know if he’s a Barnevelder, or possibly a Barnie/Wyandotte cross?
I need to move one of them on.They free range together and one has I think taken ownership of the four girls ,and I saw the other one having a set to with Hugo through the wire of his pen.Fortunate I was there because Hugo got his foot stuck in the wire , and sensibly stayed still so that I could gently ease it outJuly 31, 2012 at 9:26 pm #525744
If you need to wash your eggs it’s usually a good indication that it’s time to worm the hens.August 1, 2012 at 12:28 am #525745
I washed nine eggs because I found a clutch in a nest made in the dirt, and then there was a heavy rainstorm that night so they got a little muddy. I ate a few of those eggs already with no ill effects but should I throw out the others?August 1, 2012 at 3:53 am #525746
Probably not Mia, but just smell them before using them in cooking, just to make sure they haven’t started to go off.
BW I would go with Wyandotte X Barnie but then again I havent really seen a Barnie roo before.August 2, 2012 at 3:12 am #525747
BW your rooster looks very much like Barney the Barnevelder who was Bel’s roo originally. I’ll post a pic of him…
If you’re unsure if eggs are okay to eat or not, do the float test – pop them in a pot of water. If they float, throw them out, if they sink, they’re okay.
Popped another 14 eggs in the incubator yesterday/today. Cracked the remaining eggs from the last lot – 6 were not fertilised, 3 were almost fully developed chicks. One had absorbed the yolk fully and the other two looked like they were 1-2 days off hatching when they died. Any ideas why that happens?August 2, 2012 at 3:28 am #525748
Thanks BV.I think both my young boys are Barnies , only possible cross would be with Dotty.Barnies are very like Welsummers too, a related Dutch breed, I think from Barnies, but I don’t have any Welsummers.August 2, 2012 at 5:44 am #525749
I gave my clutch of dirty eggs a float test upon finding them and hence they came to be washed. I guess I’ll just do a second float test before use, I was just concerned that if I wasn’t supposed to wash them they’d be contaminated with something. Not sure if you can get botulism from eggs for example.August 2, 2012 at 5:22 pm #525750
I think it looks like a cross between a barnevelder and gold laced wyandotte maybe but doesn’t look much like my welsummer. It is the one on the left 😉August 2, 2012 at 5:24 pm #525751
The guy I got my babies from had both a gold laced wyandotte and barnevelder and I see similarities to both but maybe it is something else? I’m still very new to chickens!August 2, 2012 at 11:51 pm #525752
He looks like a barnevelder to me too.
One of my girls needs a medal for today’s egg! A hefty 95 grams. I imagine it would have hurt a lot!!August 3, 2012 at 1:12 am #525753
BW, here’s Barney. Yours may have gold laced Wyandotte in him as he has that lovely lacing on his breast. I thought a rose comb was dominant over a single comb though, so unsure. Obviously you can still get single combs in chicks that are half Wyandotte, but from my experience here, my half Wyandotte rooster throws all rose comb offspring which would only be 1/4 Wyandotte. :shrug: As you can see, Barney is glossy black on his breast.
Bel – can you believe how much he’s grown & what a fine looking rooster he is? He’s such a lovely boy.August 4, 2012 at 12:56 am #525754
I wormed my chooks today. They were more infested than I thought they would be.
I did worm 3 months ago although since then my flock has quadrupled. :blush:
I’m worming kids dogs chooks ducks and cows.
I wash all our bedding and the dogs bedding.
I’m currently doing a deep litter pen with straw (that I’m not liking much)
Should I empty it all out. Is it to early to go back to summer depth litter.
We are still getting big frost.
And how do I clean their run.
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