Hello everyone I'm very excited - I just picked up my 4 Australorp girls. They get on well with my Silkie. They are at point of lay so they should be laying in approx 4 weeks time. It will be my first ever egg. I wanted to ask you all "the eggsperts" (pun intended) how do you clean your eggs from pooh and dirt? I have read that the egg is surrounded by a bloom - this helps so no bacteria can enter into the porous shell. Once the bloom is gone, they should not be kept for long or not at all - I'm not too sure. The commercial ones are washed however they put on a commercial spray i.e. a chemical bloom. How would you know if the "bloom" is gone? Can you clean these with a brush or would this be too harsh? I'm not quite sure how to go about this and wonder if I should just leave the egg as is. Thanks for your advice Cheers Chrissy I wish everyone a very HAPPY AND SAFE EASTER SEASON PS Over here it's nice that's its getting a bit cooler. We still have temperatures up in the high 20C. We are just coming into the dry season now.