We will get through this... together!
Premium Feather Member
- Mar 5, 2019
Very true, thank you, @Aunt Angus. Sand won't work here (it would get washed away) and would be (a) expensive and (b) really difficult to get into our coop due to obstacles in the way. We use shredded paper in our nests, which is free, easy to handle, and keeps our eggs quite clean. But I still wash the eggs before use. Maybe I'm OCD, I dono, shrug.I'm sure it's well-intentioned, but one other thing I've learned in the years I've been a BYC member is that the folks on this site are from all over the world and live such vastly different lives that no one solution, idea, or piece of advice fits everyone. Knowing how to design and maintain a coop/run in one specific location does not mean that it will work for everyone. Example: Sand is great, but maybe there isn't any available where you live. Maybe it's crazy cold where you live and your birds need warmer substrate. Maybe it's crazy hot where you live and sand retains too much heat. Maybe you live in a rainforest, and there's no way to keep your birds/eggs clean when it's the wet season.
Saying "Hey - I've found a way that works for me. Maybe it will work for you, too" is a lot different than saying "Hey - your eggs are only dirty because you don't know how to maintain and design coops."
Reread this part here: "The only reason eggs get poop on them is if the chickens bring it in on their feet (from a dirty coop) or poop while laying (rare)."
Those are definitely not the only reasons eggs get dirty. And much of the original post is pretty smug, tbh.