Cleaning Chicken Eggs

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Bubbalex, Aug 26, 2007.

  1. Bubbalex

    Bubbalex Hatching

    Aug 26, 2007
    I know that this may sound a little silly but with all the health conscious people out there. Can any one tell me the best way to clean eggs fresh from the nesting box? I have heard just rinse with cold water and refrigerate or soap and water.
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    If you need to clean poop off of them, use water warmer than the egg itself and and a paper towel and gently wash it off. I dont clean eggs if they come out of the nest with nothing on them, which most of mine do.
  3. KrisRose

    KrisRose Songster

    Mar 9, 2007
    Davison, MI.
    I just clean with soap and water. My friend does what Speckled Hen does.
    When you work in a lab you see microbes everywhere!! [​IMG]
  4. homecatmom

    homecatmom Songster

    Didn't I read somewhere that there is a blush or something on the egg that protects it and that it shouldn't be washed unless poopy? I still have 15 weeks to wait for eggs, so I'm still reading about it.
  5. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    Yes, that's called the bloom and it is a thin protective coating, as I understand it. The best thing to do is to keep the nests clean and don't let them sleep in them, then you rarely have any dirty eggs.
  6. homecatmom

    homecatmom Songster

    Quote:bloom, blush....I knew I read I think it will be a long 15 weeks for my first egg..sniff-sniff

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