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The most effective egg cleaning method to avoid chick mortality

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27 de April de 2017 | Postado por Fornari

The egg cleaning is one of the most important tasks that are carried out in the grange.

This is an important caution to protect the embryos and guarantee a higher hatching rate in the incubation stage. It is also mandatory to prevent diseases and ensure that the poultry grow even stronger.

It is worthy of note that a good cleaning is also required in the eggs that were sold for consumption because, for instance, eggs with feces in the shells could represent an active agent in potential for spreading diseases such as those caused by salmonella.

But which is the best method for cleaning eggs? Is there any method that might harm the production? We answered those questions up next, check it out:

Egg cleaning method: which is the most indicated?

There are a few methods used by poultry farmers to take off the dirt from the eggs before hatching them. One of them is scraping, not suitable because it renders the egg’s inner part more vulnerable to contamination. The danger is even greater if the egg breaks during incubation, because it might infect other eggs.

Another way of cleaning the dirt from the eggs is through washing. This method is the least risky to the egg, provided that some concerns are taken, such as choosing the optimal temperature and using a proper disinfectant.


The usage of disinfectant is a separated topic, that needs consideration to perform the washing correctly. It is important to know which are the chemical properties of the products used to ensure the embryo’s well-being as well as the health of any cleaning professionals in charge.

Although often utilized, formaldehyde and paraformaldehyde are not recommended substances to realize the egg cleaning. They are considered chemical agents with a high potential to trigger cancer, in other words, they jeopardize the health of those who handle the eggs. Aggressive, this is also a method that might kill the chicks’ embryos, decreasing the hatching rate of the eggs.

The automatization of the cleaning process

Automating the process is a good way to guarantee an efficient egg cleaning and to decrease the mortality rate of the chicks. Washing machines and disinfect eggs no longer offer only agility to the operations realized in the grange, but also more safety in activities such as the egg cleaning.

The disinfecting machine developed by Fornari is an example of equipment that contributes for the cleaning standardization and protects its operator, since it doesn’t utilizes toxic products in its process. It can be used not only for disinfection of previously cleaned eggs but also for eggs that are still dirty.

Technology brings effectiveness to the egg cleaning process in the grange, it is not aggressive to the embryos and protects the health of those who work on site. The eggs will be dispatched more cleaner to incubation, which promotes the chick hatching and contributes for more healthier birds to your grange.

Which cleaning process do you use to disinfect the eggs in your grange? What is your opinion about the usage of formaldehyde in this process? Leave us your comment about the subject!

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