It was one of the afternoons in the beginning of November. Around the homestead, life continued as usual with no notable changes. At twelve o’clock, I performed my customary rounds before lunch, during which I checked on all of the animals, made certain that everyone still had a enough supply of food and water, and ensured that none of the animals were up to any sort of mischief. The chickens and ducks were both roaming freely in the yard while the goats were relaxing and chewing their cud in the yard. Everyone was having a good day. I went into their common area to give them some clean water, and as I knelt down to pick up the waterer, I noticed something different to my left inside the duck house. I moved closer to take a better look, and there, right in front of my very eyes, were two eggs that were completely beautiful.
Ducks are wonderful birds, despite the fact that they are filthy. The ducks like to roll around in the dirt and other dirty places where humans are not allowed to access, such as the sewer lines and the compost piles. In addition to this, ducks like unclean environments to deposit their eggs in. Even though it is simple to collect their eggs, you will still need to clean them before using them for cooking or incubation before proceeding.
In the event that you have never been to this location before, we would like to begin with a little bit of background information… As well as keeping them as pets for our family, we also raise heritage breed ducks to provide eggs for us.
Over the course of the last ten years, freshly hatched duck eggs have become the predominant source of protein in our diets. We have eaten thousands of eggs that we have raised ourselves, but none of us have ever gotten sick from eating eggs.
You’ve undoubtedly consumed a huge number of eggs over your lifetime, but you’ve probably never been sick as a result of eating them. This is in spite of the fact that ALL eggs are produced by chicken, which defecates in close proximity to their eggs, and that the eggs themselves are covered in a wide variety of microbial species, some of which are harmful to humans, such as Salmonella.
How come none of us has ever been sick? Because we are aware of the potential dangers associated with consuming fresh eggs and take the required precautions to reduce those dangers (which we will go over in more detail below). The same thing is true for the reason why you have probably never gotten sick from eating eggs from a grocery store, however in that scenario, your good fortune is due to laws and regulations that farmers are required to obey in order to keep the food supply secure.
Now, before we get into when, if, or why you should wash your eggs, let’s take a closer look at the anatomy of an egg so that we have some frame of reference.
The Methodical Process of Cleaning Soiled Duck Eggs
In contrast to hens, ducks often lay their eggs in strange and unsanitary locations, which makes it more likely that the eggs will be contaminated with things like dirt, trash, muck, and polluted water. You can, however, clean your unclean duck eggs before using them or before incubating them if you want to. The following is a straightforward procedure that can be followed when washing filthy duck eggs.
Soak the eggs in the heated water while they are filthy.
Warm water has the ability to assist in the cleaning of soiled duck eggs. It is important to ensure that the temperature of the water that was used to clean the soiled duck eggs is higher than the temperature of the eggs themselves. First, fill a bowl or container with warm water, and then place the soiled duck eggs inside the bowl or container to soak.
It will be much simpler to clean the duck eggs if you soak them first, as this will assist remove any debris that may be on them. After submerging them in water for a few minutes, the eggs should be cleaned using gentle fabric.
The eggs should be submerged in cold water.
Take the duck eggs out of the heated water and place them in a basin filled with cool water instead. Before the duck eggs are consumed or incubated, the yolk is cooled by water at a cool temperature. After giving the eggs a gentle rinse in lukewarm water and ensuring that they are clean of any debris, wipe them carefully with a piece of soft material.
Wash the eggs thoroughly.
In order to guarantee that the eggs are spotless, it is best to give them one final rinse after putting them in cold water and soaking them first. The best method for rinsing the duck eggs is to hold them under running water until you are certain that all of the moisture has been removed from them.
Let the duck eggs air-dry
Your duck eggs have been thoroughly cleaned, and there is no trace of any dirt remaining on them. As part of the process of preparing the eggs for storage or incubation, the next step is to dry them. Use some soft material to pat the eggs down gently until they are totally dry, and then set them aside. If the duck eggs aren’t totally dry, you shouldn’t try to store them or incubate them.
Either put the duck eggs in the refrigerator or use them right away.
Your once muddy duck eggs are now spotless and completely dry. You have the option of storing the eggs in the refrigerator in order to maintain a constant temperature for them. Alternately, you can make immediate use of the eggs by devouring them or by incubating them in a brooding duck hen while you wait for the duck hen’s eggs to hatch in order to increase the number of ducks in your flock.
Should Duck Eggs Be Washed Before Being Put Into the Incubator?
Before you begin incubating your duck eggs, you must first wash them. Nevertheless, cleaning the eggs can destroy the protective covering on them, which reduces the likelihood that the eggs will hatch. In addition, the process of hatching the eggs will expose them to organisms and germs, which will prevent them from hatching.
It is important to wash the eggs before incubating them, but you should take care not to rub the eggs as you do so. This will reduce the likelihood that the eggs will hatch successfully. To put it another way, it is not required to wash your unclean duck eggs prior to incubating them in an incubator.
To lessen the likelihood of the eggs successfully hatching, you should refrain from cleaning them unless they are severely filthy.
Are Duck Eggs Able to Be Soaked in Water?
It is possible to clean duck eggs by soaking them in water, especially if the eggs are quite soiled. In spite of this, while you are preparing duck eggs for incubation, you should not clean the eggs by soaking them in warm water. In addition, it is best to avoid immersing the duck eggs for an extended period of time in cold water.
There is a possibility that the eggs will not hatch due to the cold temperature of the water. In addition, the minerals and nutrients in duck eggs will be less effective if they are exposed to freezing temperatures.
Is Vinegar an Appropriate Cleaning Agent for Duck Eggs?
Yes, vinegar can be used to clean duck eggs, especially if the eggs have a significant amount of grime on them. Before washing the duck eggs in vinegar, remove any persistent dirt that may have accumulated on them by wiping them off with a damp cloth. It is not necessary to immerse all of the duck eggs in vinegar, regardless of how soiled the eggs are.
Instead, soak soft clothing in vinegar to make it moist, and then use the clothing to carefully wipe each duck egg. It is best to steer clear of soaking the duck eggs in warm vinegar as this will deplete the minerals in the eggs. It’s possible to destroy the protective membrane of duck eggs by soaking them in warm vinegar, which will prevent the eggs from hatching.
How Can I Prevent the Duck Eggs That I Buy From Getting Dirty?
It is inevitable for duck eggs to become soiled because ducks nest in unclean environments. The challenge of preventing duck eggs from being soiled is not a difficult one for those who own ducks. Check out these suggestions on how to prevent the duck eggs that you have from being soiled.
Entice the ducks to use the nesting boxes as a place to lay their eggs.
Before your duck hens start laying eggs, check to see that your duck coop has adequate nesting boxes for them. Similar to hens, ducks choose to nest in secluded and peaceful areas. If you keep the net boxes in which your ducks lay their eggs clean, you will have clean eggs. Therefore, you should encourage your ducks to deposit their eggs in nest boxes by maintaining a clean and comfortable environment within the nest boxes for your ducks to lay their eggs in.
Have several nest boxes
It would be helpful, in addition to encouraging your ducks to lay in nest boxes, if you had a lot of nest boxes. This would prevent the situation in which some of your hens would have to lay their eggs in unclean areas owing to a lack of nest boxes, which would then result in the duck eggs being unclean. It is important to have multiple nest boxes so that each duck hen has a spotless area to lay her eggs.
Collect your duck eggs daily
It is more likely for dirt to become embedded in duck eggs, just like it is in chicken eggs, if the eggs are left alone for several hours before being collected. Collect your duck eggs on a daily basis to prevent them from being soiled, which would require you to spend a significant amount of time cleaning them.
Make sure that your ducks’ coop has some sort of bedding.
Having clean bedding will ensure that your duck eggs are clean all the way through, regardless of where the ducks lay their eggs. Having clean bedding will guarantee that your ducks are clean, which will prevent them from contaminating their eggs when they are laying them. Think about using sawdust as bedding in your chicken coop. There is also the option of using wood shavings or straw as bedding inside the coop.
It’s possible that the duck eggs in your yard are contaminated with dirt because ducks like to nest in strange and unclean places. In spite of this, cleaning your duck eggs does not have to be a difficult process. If you follow the correct procedure, you will be able to clean the eggs. You also have the ability to restrict your ducks from depositing their eggs in unclean areas.