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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by AnimalLover99, May 5, 2012.
You don't have to clean the shell of an egg before using it, unless it has visible dirt or feces on it. Actually, if the egg appears clean, it is best NOT to wash it because you will be washing off a natural coating (the "bloom") that covers and protects the egg. This bloom keeps the egg fresh. If the shell was dirty and you washed it, it is best to use the egg within a day or two.
I only wash my duck eggs and thats because my ducks bury them so they look pretty nasty if they don't bury them in the nest crate. My chicken eggs... I just crack and cook.
It's your choice. Some people wash some don't. Washing off the bloom only matters if you are storing the eggs for weeks at room temperature or months in the fridge. Eggs last a long time either way.
Either way you need to handle them using safe food handling practices.
X2 - I wash and refrigerate every egg - the only choice I'm comfortable with. However, it IS a personal choice. Some people will argue the opposite of what I o. So do what feels right for you.
I do not clean eggs I am shipping to be hatched. But I do clean my eggs that I am eating