Best egg cleaning practices/products question

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Momaha, May 6, 2011.

  1. Momaha

    Momaha Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What are the best egg cleaning practices and products that you have used and why? Cheapest place to buy the products would be great also. Thank you in advance for your response.

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  2. TeriS

    TeriS Out Of The Brooder

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    I just wipe my eggs off of any visible dirt- I don't wash them because that washes the 'bloom' off and they don't last as long. This si the cheapest possible solution as well:)
     
  3. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

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    Ordinary dish detergent and hot running water. At least twenty degrees warmer than the eggs but not so hot as to be uncomfortable to hold your hands in.

    If you want to sanitize give them a dip in a gallon of the same warm water to which you've added one tablespoon of plain laundry bleach.
     
  4. vjbakke

    vjbakke Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm new but I have read that you maybe better off not washing them. Like another poster said they are laid with a protective "bloom" on them. If you wash that off the eggs shell is porous and bacterial can get into the egg. Comercial eggs are santized because the living conditions of the hens is most often not very clean so who knows what those eggs were laid on. If you keep clean nesting boxes I would just stick with wiping visible dirt off. I bought some name brand organic eggs once that had some stray stuck on them. I don't plan on washing mine.
     

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