cleaning eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by 5th lake chick, Nov 4, 2012.

  1. 5th lake chick

    5th lake chick Out Of The Brooder

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    Do I need to wash eggs before storing in refrigerator?
     
  2. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Nope - eggs store best unwashed. When the hen lays an egg, she covers the egg with a "bloom". This protects the egg from bacteria. When you wash an egg, you wash off that protection.
     
  3. Ehirning

    Ehirning Out Of The Brooder

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    I don't wash my eggs for this very reason. If I am giving eggs away, I will wash them (other people don't like to see poo on their eggs)[​IMG]
     
  4. joebcarr

    joebcarr New Egg

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    i used to not wash them, but my hens tend to leave them a mess. i store them unwashed until i plan on giving them away. then i use warm water. and a scotchbrite pad. it seems that people are more concerned with the messy eggs than with the potential for bacteria. i tried to educate a few people on the "bloom", but they just looked at me weird. i do not wash the eggs that i save for myself.
     
  5. HenFriend

    HenFriend Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree, I don't usually wash them unless I am giving them away or just before I use them if they are really mucky, otherwise bits of poo might drop into my cake mix when I crack the shells![​IMG]. Don't often refridgerate them either, they keep fine as they are.
     
  6. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    It's a very rare occasion when I get a poopy egg. Sometimes in the winter, when it's really been raining, they get a bit muddy from hens crawling in and out of the nest. I just try to collect them a bit more often. Keeping your hens from sleeping in the boxes and refreshing the nest material often and you get clean eggs 99% of the time.
     
  7. 5th lake chick

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    thanks for confirming what I have read. My eggs have been very clean so far. It's funny my mom used store our farm fresh eggs in a basket on the cupboard too. Most of us have become too citified. (I think that's a word) Raising chickens is bringing me back to my roots. A very good feeling.
     

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