dirty eggs?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by klf73, Feb 12, 2009.

  1. klf73

    klf73 Mad Scientist

    Jun 1, 2008
    do I need to do anything special to clean poopy eggs for eating? up until now I was just rinsing, but today somone pooped all over them, I swear it was that darn roo [​IMG]
  2. patricew

    patricew Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 11, 2009
    Lincoln, VT
    I just wash the poop off with a damp cloth. I try not to wash my eggs before I store them, unless they are poopy, because they stay fresh longer if unwashed.
  3. digitS'

    digitS' Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 12, 2007
    ID/WA border
    You have to do your best to overlook the dirty pictures but here's where poultry specialists at the University of Nebraska talk about cleaning eggs:


    Important ideas I got from it are: "A good water temperature is 90-120°F (32.2-49°C), or as hot as the hands can tolerate. . ." and ". . . unscented detergent . . ."

  4. Herechickychick

    Herechickychick Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 16, 2009
    Northern California
    You dont want to scrub too hard on the egg, or you will destroy the bloom (the clear covering that keeps bacteria out of the egg) The bloom keeps the egg fresh longer. If it's really dirty try rubbing it with your finger or some sandpaper. If you really have to wash it, then use water that is warmer then the egg. Hope this helps![​IMG]
  5. dangerouschicken

    dangerouschicken Will Barter For Coffee

    May 6, 2007
    Columbia Gorge, OR
    Cold water and your fingers work best. Don't worry, your eggs will be fine.
  6. katrinag

    katrinag Chillin' With My Peeps

    Never wash the eggs in cold water.
  7. spatcher

    spatcher Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 13, 2008
    Virginia - Southside
    Wipe them off with a damp cloth if youre selling them. If you are keeping them for your own use, wash em just before you use them.
  8. Birch Run Farm

    Birch Run Farm Biddy up!

    Sep 5, 2008
    Refrigerate the eggs, make sure they are cold.

    I fill my kitchen sink with hot tap water and dish soap. Add the cold eggs, wash them.

    I've done eggs for 9 years now. No issues. This is for eating eggs and I sell a lot of eggs. Never an unhappy customer.
  9. CARS

    CARS Chillin' With My Peeps


    We have a vote for hot as you can stand, and one for cold. Hmmm

    The one that I don't get is the dish soap. Haven't you ever colored an egg for Easter?? The color soaks into the egg through the shell.

    Don't you think soap does the same???
  10. Debi214

    Debi214 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 6, 2008
    Richmond, VA
    I wipe all of the dirty ones off with a damp paper towel before storing in the fridge. When I am ready to cook them I wash them in warm water like a dish.[​IMG]

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