clean the eggs? or not?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by CoffeeCow, Sep 9, 2010.

  1. CoffeeCow

    CoffeeCow Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 29, 2010
    Washington, NC
    my ladies are going to be laying soon (i hope), and I have read that you are not supposed to wash the eggs, that there is some protective something-or-other that you don't want to wash off....

    Is this true? I am sure that there will be all kinds of ... erm.... unwanted materials.. on the eggs... so, wash em' or not?
    and if its "wash em'", how?

    thanks folks [​IMG]
  2. tuesdays chicks

    tuesdays chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 26, 2010
    stuart florida
    My girls don't poo in the nest box so I don't wash mine until I'm going to crack open, if I had to wash them I would keep those seperate and use them 1st.
  3. NevadaRon

    NevadaRon Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 28, 2010
    I'm curious about this too [​IMG], so BUMP!
  4. chickenmamalp

    chickenmamalp Chillin' With My Peeps

    yes, it is true about the protective coating.
    I do not wash mine unless they are really bad and by washing i mean, alittle water and a wet paper towel.
  5. carrlr

    carrlr Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 31, 2010
    Southern Illinois
    We don't wash them until just before eating. If applicable, we do wipe off anything that can be cleaned without water. Dirty eggs are not give away or sold.
  6. BethieofVA

    BethieofVA Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 27, 2010
    Yorktown, Virginia
    Well I run my real quick under some warm water, dry with a towel and do keep in the fridge. My nest boxes are super clean and they do not poop in them.
  7. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    I will "spot clean" if necessary (which isn't too often) but I never do a full clean until they are to be used. ETA: If your nesting boxes are clean, then your eggs will be clean too.

    Yes there is a protective bloom on the egg, and it keeps bacteria from penetrating the egg. They will keep longer unwashed because of the bloom.
    Last edited: Sep 9, 2010
  8. micschoenborn

    micschoenborn Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 23, 2008
  9. BigPeep

    BigPeep Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 27, 2009
    When the hen lays the egg she secretes a filming covering called a "bloom". If you can get out there right when she lays the eggs you can see and feel it. This protects the egg from incursion of bacteria. If the bloom is not washed off, the egg will remain fresh for 3 months or more. If the egg is washed this period is reduced to 3 weeks.

    I therefore do not wash most of my eggs. I have a CSA where I inform my members that the eggs will usually not be washed and that they should not wash them until just before eating, at which time they should use only a warm water rinse.

    I collect the eggs 3 times a day and keep the nest boxes as clean as possible. If an egg is quite dirty I either wash it or use sandpaper.
    Otherwise I leave it alone.

    During the recent egg recall it was mentioned that some supermarket eggs did not need to be recalled as they were OVER FOUR MONTHS OLD! These were eggs that had been washed with chlorine so they should really not have been sold after one month. This means that most of the eggs sold in the stores are way past the date they should be sold given the fact that they are washed.
  10. CoffeeCow

    CoffeeCow Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 29, 2010
    Washington, NC
    thank you so much for the info, i learned a lot from you all


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