Chickens laying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by deedeebird, Aug 4, 2013.

  1. deedeebird

    deedeebird In the Brooder

    Jun 29, 2013
    OK folks! have 3 hens laying right now. My question is to wash off in cold or warm water..or even to wash and if so with what? heard samonella can get in the eggs. Also heard not to use egg crates neighbors are saving for me. Any suggestions so we all don't get sick over here? thanks!
  2. chfite

    chfite Songster

    Jun 7, 2011
    Taylors, SC
    I relish free egg cartons from neighbors and use them all the time. I put the eggs in cartons into the refrigerator. We wash the eggs right before use. No illness here.

  3. BStump

    BStump In the Brooder

    Jul 20, 2013
    My Coop
    Eggs are porous, but they have a protective coating (bloom). If you don't have to clean them that is best. If you do, it's best to clean them by rubbing off any soiled areas. If you have to wash them, use hot water. I read somewhere that cold water will cause the egg to draw stuff into it.

    We have washed our eggs in hot/warm water and dried them. We have also used empty egg cartons from neighbors. We have not gotten sick from eggs yet.

    Keep your nesting boxes as clean as possible!

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