Cleaning Eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by SweetLilRachy00, Mar 4, 2008.

  1. SweetLilRachy00

    SweetLilRachy00 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is there anything at home that I can use to clean my eggs. They get poopy and I want to be able to sell them...but don't want to sell stained eggs! Anyone?

    Vinegar? Some kinda special sponge?


    Right now I just use a dry sponge
     
  2. texaschickmama

    texaschickmama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are they laying them in nest boxes? If so, you might want to change the bedding in the nest. I hear you are supposed to use a warm paper towel or something like that and wipe it off, this wipes away the protective coating so they don't last as long. You can also use a fine sandpaper. Hope this helped.
     
  3. GwenFarms

    GwenFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Brillo pads work great. You can scrub them clean without soaking the eggs in water. Soaking can penetrate the shells; giving you watery eggs. Just scrub with the wet brillo and rinse.
     
  4. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    It is very rare that my eggs are dirty. If I do get one I wipe the stuff off with a dry cloth. If it won't come off I spot clean with a damp cloth.

    You must keep anything wet a higher temp than the eggs or the shell will draw bacteria inside and contaminate the egg.

    If you wash the eggs you will wash off the bloom and they will not last as long as an unwashed eggs. Also if you wash them they must be refrigerated.

    I never wash my eggs, only wipe them off with a dry cloth. I never refrigerate my eggs. They will keep a good 3 weeks on the counter unwashed and unrefrigerated. They also are better to cook with.

    I only refrigerate eggs for ppl who expect a cold egg and don't understand the process and nature of fresh eggs and the protective bloom when laid.

    You can always wipe off the eggs with a dry cloth and save the ones you don't think you can sell for home use and wash them just before using.
     
  5. SweetLilRachy00

    SweetLilRachy00 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OK, my chickens will NOT lay in their nest boxes. UGH! They only lay on the floor of the coop! I dont' get it!!!!! I put nice soft bedding in their boxes and this is the thanks I get! LOL


    So, I found a pile of 20 eggs Sunday that had obviously been setting outside a while. So one chicken laid an egg there, pooped got up and left. This left them poopy...So of course theya re stained.
     
  6. Brian

    Brian Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:This makes no sense to me. If microbes are present, and if the shell is permeable (having lost the protective coating), temperature should be of no consequence one way or another. Miss Prissy, please explain further?

    Brian
     
  7. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Think about it like the pores on your face. You use hot water to open them and cold water to close them.

    The egg shell will contract with colder water and pull any dirt or bacteria on the surface deep into the pores of the egg. This can contaminate the sterile inner egg and leave bacteria to grow inside.
     
  8. SweetLilRachy00

    SweetLilRachy00 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OK, so you warm it up as your washing it, only to put it in the fridge anyways to get cold and then be touched by your hands before cooking!! Uh huh


    So ok...I'll um....work on getting them to lay in their baskets then!
     
  9. SweetLilRachy00

    SweetLilRachy00 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So one more question:

    How did you come about this information MissPrissy? As I know you probably can't see the pores on the egg shells with the naked eye, did you find a report on this or something?I'd be interested in reading it!

    As for them laying in their boxes....Could I put some fabric scraps in there for softness? They push out all the hay and straw!
     
  10. RubberChickenLubber

    RubberChickenLubber Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't think the softness is a factor. Maybe you could try to get some fake eggs to put in the box. If you have a Target nearby, they have wooden brown eggs in the toy section. You get 6 for about $5.
     

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