"Bloom" question..........

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Farm_Maven, Oct 12, 2011.

  1. Farm_Maven

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    This subject came up on another thread. I was curious about it myself. We all know the bloom protects the egg from bacteria. Does the bloom actually have some anti-bacterial properties? Has there been any research?
     
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  3. Farm_Maven

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    Yes. I know all about the bloom serving as as barrier to keep bacteria out. I wonder if there is also something in the chemical composition that will also kill bacteria. Along the lines of a spermicidal gel. The gel itself acts as a barrier, but it also contains a chemical that kill any sperm it comes in contact with.
     
  4. Chocobo

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    This is a very interesting question. And one I would like a definitive answer to as well.
    This is the best article I have found on the subject. Although it does not come right out and say the bloom has no antibacterial qualities, it implies it is merely a physical barrier. The egg white, however, does appear to have antibacterial properties due mostly to its ph and the presence of Lysozyme.

    http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&sour...sg=AFQjCNHoLgj9NpS5zCftZbZqjc85Krliwg&cad=rja
     
  5. Farm_Maven

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    yeah, I read somewhere else that the whites have anti-bacterial properties.
     

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