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Do you clean eggs you want to eat?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by NJfarmer, Aug 2, 2007.

  1. NJfarmer

    NJfarmer Songster

    Jul 28, 2007
    New Jersey and Maine
    I plan on buying more hens so that I could eat there eggs but sometimes the eggs from my current chickens are dirty from there poop. So when it comes time to eat your chicken's eggs how do you normaly clean eggs or do you not clean the eggs at all?
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    I wash the eggs just before I use them.
  3. NJfarmer

    NJfarmer Songster

    Jul 28, 2007
    New Jersey and Maine
    Quote:what do you wash them with? just warm water?
  4. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Yep, just warm water. If you chose to wash them before storing them, they don't keep as long... be sure to use water warmer than the egg too if you are washing fresh.
  5. foxtrapper

    foxtrapper Songster

    Apr 18, 2007
    I've never had the burning desire to eat chicken poop, so I clean my eggs. I'm not at all adverse to using soap and water and a scritcher-scratcher of some type. If it's particularly well stained, I don't bother, and just toss it.
  6. tink

    tink Songster

    May 12, 2007
    upstate SC
    The older your chickens get, the less poo you will have on your eggs. When mine first started laying they were all yucky. Now they are completely clean.
    I read somewhere not to wash them as there is a protective coating on them. So if you chose to wash them, dont do it until you are to use them.

    Your girls will get better
  7. Wolfpacker

    Wolfpacker Songster

    Jul 7, 2007
    I don't consider myself a dirty person, but I don't really see the concern. We don't eat the shell do we? I mean, if there's a big glob, I'd wipe that off, but otherwise, I just leave it alone.
  8. WindyOaksYokes

    WindyOaksYokes Songster

    Jul 17, 2007
    Central Virginia
    Okay... another question that goes along with this... You say not to wash til I get ready to use them... What if I am selling them??? Do I wash them before they go out the door or do I wash them when they come in the door??? My mother allways washed hers as she brought them in the house with warm water and dish soap, BUT, from what you are all saying is that these do not last as long. Correct?

  9. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member 11 Years

    I don't wash them at all unless they have actual poop on them. Most of mine are very clean right out of the nest.
  10. schmoo

    schmoo Songster

    May 7, 2007
    West MI.
    Windy- I haven't sold my own YET, but the lady I buy them from washes them when I come to get them. They just have them in the fridge and take them out and wash them right before they give them to you. IF they are dirty......

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