Do I have to wash the egg shells?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by mikeh**63, Sep 3, 2011.

  1. mikeh**63

    mikeh**63 Hatching

    Sep 3, 2011
    A friend gives me eggs from their chickens. My wife won't eat them as she doesn't know how they were washed. Is washing or cleaning the eggs necessary? Mikeh**63
  2. southerndesert

    southerndesert B & M Chicken Ranch

    Jun 17, 2011
    Morristown, AZ
    We do not wash our eggs unless a customer (we have 2 out of many) requests we do it for them or if there is visible waste on it for some reason. They will keep longer not washed as the hen puts a coating on them when laid to help protect them. If she would like them washed you can do it before using....

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    Last edited: Sep 3, 2011
  3. Virtually 100% of the eggs sold in stores are washed, of course. They last 5-8 weeks in the food chain distribution system.

    Washing is only necessary if the customer wishes to receive spotlessly clean eggs. ALL my customers are such people. We rarely wash the eggs we eat ourselves, unless, as southerndesert says, there is an obvious mess on them.
  4. hispoptart

    hispoptart Crowing

    Apr 14, 2011
    NW Colorado
    We only wash them if they have waste on them also, but I do wash them just before using them.
  5. dbounds10

    dbounds10 Songster

    Mar 15, 2011
    Fort Worth, Tx
    Dont wash mine until right before I use them, sometimes not even then. My girls never lay outside the box and I have only had one with any mess on it.
  6. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

    Aug 20, 2010
    I only wash mine on those rare instances that there is mess on them. I don't sell many but so far haven't been asked to wash them.
  7. Fierlin1182

    Fierlin1182 powered-flight

    Aug 26, 2011
    I've never washed an egg, but then again our eggs have always been spotless. If they're very dirty, wash them.
  8. silky_3699

    silky_3699 Songster

    Aug 15, 2011
    My Own Realm!!!
    we never wash ours only if it is covered in poop.
  9. Animalian

    Animalian Songster

    Jun 18, 2011
    If the birds are kept clean then the eggs should be clean. I will wipe dirt/poo off an egg with a damp cloth if it needs it.

    My friend got salmanella from a tiny piece of eggshell breaking off into the egg contents. Now she pours boiling water over them just before breaking them open to kill any bacteria on the sehell. Only if she plans on making them with runny yokes or into a mousse (aka not cooking them 'properly'). If you are going to cook the eggs thoroughly I would not worry about it as the high heat should kill any bacteria.
  10. brahmakid11

    brahmakid11 Songster

    Aug 23, 2011
    sitting on the toilet
    all you have to do is wash them off in the sink

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