Cleaning Eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by roostercluck, May 28, 2012.

  1. roostercluck

    roostercluck Chirping

    May 26, 2012
    I was wondering if you have to wash the eggs after you gather them or can you put them in the fridge right away?
  2. CSWolffe

    CSWolffe Songster

    Jun 2, 2011
    Salt Lake City
    You don't need to wash or refrigerate your eggs.
    In fact, it's better to do neither.
    Chickens naturally coat each egg with a protective layer as they are laid, called a 'bloom', which protects the eggs from bacteria. If you wash the eggs you remove this protective coating. Also, eggs are designed to not spoil for several months in the wild, without refrigeration. Just wipe off any poop with a slightly damp paper towel, and keep 'em on the counter in a nice little basket for easy display.
    Here in America we have this bizarre obsession with sterilization and preservation. In Europe, most people keep eggs(and butter) on the counter, not in the fridge.
    Personally, I have chosen my hens to produce a colorful basket(brown, dark brown, blue, and green), and I want to see those pretty little eggs! Why hide them in the fridge?
  3. PorkChop

    PorkChop Songster

    Apr 27, 2010
    North Carolina
    For me washing the eggs is well, just essential. For the most part our eggs look pretty clean when we collect them. But, to risk possible chicken poop getting into my morning fried eggs washing them is a must. I am kind of a bacteria freak though :)
  4. dadthebaker

    dadthebaker Chirping

    Nov 7, 2011
    Los Angeles Area
    I keep mine unwashed and out of the fridge. With five girls where only three are steady layers, my egg supply is always fresh.

    Most of the time I don't wash before use, sometimes it tickles my fancy and I liightly run them under water.

    Fam and I are still alive and well!

    Oh, wait...I just got a cramp in my left calf.... Yikes...the lights are getting dimmer.... I am going blind...ksinnhdhdgyuuudnnmos. Kirk,Mirjjsj
  5. marlo1968

    marlo1968 Songster

    Mar 31, 2012
    Lorenzo, TX
    I don't wash the eggs, unless one is really dirty, then I only wash it just before using. I have explained the egg coating to those that purchase my eggs and they do the same. I do refrigerate, though sometimes not until the next day, I know its not necessary, I just do it because I have a big dog that sometimes likes to get on the counter....
  6. Blondiechic

    Blondiechic Chirping

    Feb 1, 2012
    I am so pleased you asked that question - i read somewhere recently that they MUST be washed but I never have in the past...after reading that I sometimes did a half hearted run under the tap but my girls mostly lay such clean looking eggs...obviously if they are dirty then yes, I will clean them. Most relieved!! No need to send out instructions to everyone I have given eggs to!
  7. roostercluck

    roostercluck Chirping

    May 26, 2012
    If they are fertilized can you still leave them on the counter at room temperature?
  8. Cotton42

    Cotton42 Songster

    Feb 23, 2012
    St. Louis, Missouri
    As long as it's not 99 degrees in your kitchen you can leave fertilized eggs on the counter. [​IMG]
  9. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

    Aug 13, 2007
    North/Central Florida
    All of my eggs get washed and refrigerated. I'm not putting anything with manure on it inside of my fridge.

    Whether you should refrigerate or not depends on your own personal preferences. I sell eggs so I want them to maintain their quality for as long as possible. A day warm kitchen counter is about the equivalent to a week in a refrigerator so far as maintaining a firm yolk and thick white are concerned.

    I don't ordinarily sanitize my eggs unless I'm going to hatch them.
  10. Roxannemc

    Roxannemc Songster

    Mar 30, 2012
    SE Missouri
    What do you sanitize your eggs with?

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