dirty eggs

Fowl97

Songster
10 Years
Aug 17, 2009
492
0
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Iraq
all my eggs alll alyays have some mud and dirt maybe poo on them everyone's on here look great what do you do to get them to lay cleen eggs and what do yours look like dierectly out of the box??????????????????? thx:D
 

Opa

Opa-wan Chickenobi
12 Years
May 11, 2008
9,573
475
336
Howell Michigan
Keeping your nest boxes clean and removing the eggs often will help. I use a rollout nest box and that has resulted in fewer dirty eggs. I do have one floor layer and if I don't get the egg out soon enough it becomes quite dirty. Rather than washing eggs I use a scotchbrite pad and gently scour the filth from the egg.
 

Cerelia

In the Brooder
9 Years
Mar 23, 2010
59
0
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("Big") Hazel Green, AL
I'm a newbie as of today (started a topic under ducks -- duck rescue) and I confess I know virtually nothing about raising fowl. Everyone has been very kind to me here and provided great information. Well, our rescued duck laid an egg, and I didn't get to it in time, uck! Anyway, I found this site on small egg production that was interesting, thought I would put it here...

http://www.thepoultrysite.com/articles/1548/smallscale-egg-handling-1
 

bigoakhunter

Songster
10 Years
Jul 29, 2009
553
7
131
Michigan
I notice that how dirty my eggs are seems to mimick how muddy my run was. When I got my run covered and dried out , then my eggs were alot less dirty.
 

onthespot

Deluxe Dozens
11 Years
Mar 29, 2008
7,187
46
271
Riverside/Norco, CA
I usually hatch the ones I can't sell. That means some poopy eggs do go into my incuabator. They hatch. I sterilize the incubator. Next time the same thing. They don't all hatch, but more hatch than if I didn't try. Not every egg i send out is spotless either, but people have great hatches.
 

Kerilou

Songster
10 Years
Sep 15, 2009
125
1
109
Ellenburg Depot, NY
Really good info on here! Thanks!
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packmomma

Songster
10 Years
Mar 10, 2009
354
0
129
Argos, IN
I occasionally have problems with poopy eggs. It seems that all the chickens like to lay where the first one does. My boxes are close to the floor and I use cut grass to line mine, in the winter I use shavings just like in the coop. Mine usually has to do with a chicken stepping in poo and its stuck to their foot when they enter the box. I keep their yard raked but I could see how mud would come in regardless. I usually have clean eggs. You all clean your nesting boxes way more than I do. I have crates and the stuff seems to just disappear on its own and I have to add new when I cut the grass or clean the coop. Grass stays in there longer and I only had to change it out a couple times last year.
 

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