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chicktec egg wash

Post by dye29 » Thu Nov 23, 2017 11:18 pm

hi all just got some chicktec egg wash has anyone used this , ive just purchased a bottle to clean my eggs for eating NOT incubating , is it as simple as put 10ml of liquid in 2l of 34 degree c water put eggs in and wipe clean then air dry ye
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Post by chrismahon » Fri Nov 24, 2017 8:45 am

We've used it for incubating I think, but the second lot we bought was a Brinsea product and the new stuff is Ferme de Beaumont?

This is an expensive way to clean eggs dye29 and you will have to keep them refrigerated and consume in 3 days as you may have removed the bloom that seals the shells. A solution of washing-up liquid would be just as good perhaps?
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Re: chicktec egg wash

Post by Marigold » Fri Nov 24, 2017 8:58 am

Just looked up chicktech egg wash https://www.flytesofancy.co.uk/chickenh ... owder.html and it says to soak dirty eggs for up to 10 minutes. Doesn't say anything about wiping them clean, so where does the dirt go? This stuff must be used commercially, judging by the sizes of pack you can buy, and it also talks about dipping the eggs in water at 35C and rotating them in a drum, which is strange as I thought it was illegal to sell washed eggs.
I shall stick to just a gentle wash under the cold tap where needed, shortly before using the eggs. Cold water is better than warm as the bacteria in the dirt are then less likely to penetrate the egg pores. Really no need for detergent of any kind, I think, - mud and poo wash off quite easily and detergent is likely to remove even more of the protective bloom on the egg.
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Re: chicktec egg wash

Post by bigyetiman » Fri Nov 24, 2017 7:27 pm

We just give any dirty eggs a wipe with a damp piece of kitchen towel. Which is enough to get any dirt from mucky feet off. If only we could get them to wipe their feet 1st
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Re: chicktec egg wash

Post by dinosaw » Fri Nov 24, 2017 8:50 pm

I leave them alone and wipe them immediately before I cook them with a wet cloth/kitchen towel if they have some muck on them, if you feel happier using disinfectant than fair enough but it isn't necessary.
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Post by dye29 » Fri Nov 24, 2017 11:26 pm

another question do people make there own anti pecking spray a guy told me crush garlic in water then spray on hen is that correct
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Post by rick » Sat Nov 25, 2017 12:21 am

Hi Dye,
Anti peck spray is usually (pretty much exclusively) based on a substance called Bitrex. It is used in many (very many) commercial products to make them extremely unpalatable, usually for safety reasons. Well known as the bitterest substance on Earth but also non toxic. A bit like chilli in that way - unbearably 'hot' but with no actual harmful effect (arguable after a night involving an n-strength curry!)
It tastes a bit like the pith of a grapefruit but several thousand times more unpleasant! Yes, I have tasted it just to find out!!!! :)
Chickens are quite fond of garlic - well, within reason.
Just buy a can of anti-peck spray if you need it (so commercially common it is quite cheap.) It has worked for me to stop pecking of pin feathers on my cockerel's feet as long as you keep applying it though I found that hiding the pin feathers under a shield was more consistently effective without the constant attention that would otherwise be needed (feet are relatively easy to hide/shield, bottoms and other places are very difficult to hide.) Be careful where it is sprayed - if it gets on the food they wont eat it and it can stop them preening (never spray it near their preen gland at least). As with all things, in moderation and for a purpose.

I'm reading between the lines but are your hens pecking the pin feathers that are coming through after the bare bottom goings on? If they are you need to set up a partition to keep the offenders away from the victims, just until the pins have grown out. I know this will be a real pain but it is the only practical way. It wont take long - pins develop quite quickly and then you should be back in the clear but if feather pecking becomes a set habit then you will have a real fight on your hands - especially with 15 hens to manage.
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Re: chicktec egg wash

Post by Marigold » Sat Nov 25, 2017 8:27 am

I expect Bitrex is in the stuff you can buy to paint on fingernails to stop you biting them. I used it on her favourite door frames when our dog was a puppy and at the chewing stage, and it worked! I never connected it with anti-peck spray.
Are you sure you need it, Dye? I've never found that they peck new pin feathers, so unless you can see blood on bare areas, I would leave well alone.
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Re: chicktec egg wash

Post by dye29 » Sat Nov 25, 2017 9:55 am

im just worried really the bottoms still look red raw doesnt seem to be lightening off the new feathers are coming though but very slowly
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Re: chicktec egg wash

Post by Marigold » Sat Nov 25, 2017 3:54 pm

If theres no sign of blood they're not being pecked. If theres any blood, then do as Rick suggests, observe them to find out which one(s) are doing the pecking and separate the culprits from the victims. Spray affected areas with Septiclens on the ones that show blood.
When you say 'raw', do you mean the skin is red but intact, or that the skin is red and the surface is open and sore and weeping, but not bleeding?
If it's intact but red, don't worry, just let it be, and let the tender new feather shafts grow out. Chickens really don't like any interference or handling when they're growing new feathers, as the new shafts are very tender.
If the skin is open and weeping, spray it with Septiclens, which will disinfect it and the purple colour will deter other birds from taking any interest in it.
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