another egg washing Q?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by thepremo1, Jul 14, 2010.

  1. thepremo1

    thepremo1 Songster

    Feb 17, 2010
    mid michigan
    alright i hear that im not suppost to wash my eggs, but now i read in chickens for dummies that i should wash them,,, help
  2. StormyMoon

    StormyMoon Songster

    May 1, 2010
    Alvarado, TX
    I think on that topic you may get different answers, I only wash them off if they have poo on them or generally look dirty. If they look nice and clean when I pick them up I leave them as is.......some will probably disagree with this method. Its just how I do it though.
  3. Choco Maran

    Choco Maran Songster

    Jul 25, 2009
    Ribera New Mexico
    I don't wash mine either. Only when they are really dirty. They last longer if they are not washed, because of the natural bloom on them , this protects the inside from bacteria and bad stuff. If you ask a hunderd people you will get a hunderd different reasons. It is up to you and how you feel about the issue.
  4. Dora'smom

    Dora'smom Songster

    Dec 14, 2009
    There are different views on this subject, as you've already noticed.
    The hen puts a last layer on the egg right before laying it. It is referred to as the "bloom" and if you watch as an egg is being laid, it will look wet, and then dry very quickly. When you wash an egg, essentially you wash that protective layer off with the poo or urates you are trying to get rid of. As the bird passes the egg directly from the oviduct (I believe) to the nest, the poo/urates actually get onto the shell from the birds' feet. The bloom helps to keep bacteria and dirt from entering the porous shell.
    People often do not wash eggs, because they don't want to wash away the bloom, but the other camp wants to wash any dirt off.
    I don't usually wash my eggs until right before I am going to use them. If I am selling or giving away eggs, I just check them over, and remove any obvious dirt with a dampened paper towel. The temperature of the water is just slightly warmer than the egg so that the particular part of the egg I am cleaning will not contract (which happens with cold or cool water) and pull dirt into the interior of the egg through pores in the shell. There are also people who will say to use a particular soap to clean the eggs, which you don't necessarily have to do, and those who say not to use water, but to use a fine grit of sandpaper to buff away any dirt.
    So, as you can see, it is totally confusing, and you just have to decide what you are comfortable with. Mother Earth News did a study a few years ago, regarding how eggs keep best. Refrigerated, sitting at room temp, etc. There may be info in that article regarding cleaning, if you are interested. I believe it is available online.

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