I haven't seen the answer to that here. I am clueless. I think my chickens will "hopefully" start laying eggs.
So 1. do I need to candle them and 2. should I wash the eggs?
You do not need to candle eggs if hey are to be eaten. Candling is done to check for fertility and embryo development. Eggs are best left unwashed until you use them. There is a protective coating on eggs that keeps bacteria out, Washing eggs removes this coating.