Do you wash the eggs you sell?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by PipelineGypsy, Feb 27, 2016.

  1. PipelineGypsy

    PipelineGypsy New Egg

    Mar 2, 2015
    I have 10 layers and so far I only sell or give away eggs to family. I am adding 20-25 layers to my flock this year so I know I will need to start selling eggs to more people. I do not wash my eggs until I use them and recommend the same to the people I sell them to. Washing them will remove the protective cuticle and allow bacteria to pass through the shell, but people are accustomed to pretty shiny shells from the grocery. I know if someone is turned off by this they simply won't buy my eggs, but I am curious how others handle this. If you are like me and don't wash your eggs until you use them, do you sell them unwashed?
  2. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Overrun With Chickens

    Nov 12, 2009
    western South Dakota
    Keep fresh bedding in the nest, and prevent birds from sleeping in the nest. If it is muddy, add straw or old hay to the run. As long as I keep that done, my eggs stay pretty clean without washing.

    Mrs K
  3. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 11, 2011
    Nope, I don't wash them. But, I do let my egg customers know they're unwashed so they can if they'd like to :)
  4. LJ33

    LJ33 Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 7, 2015
    I rinse mine only if they have streaks, but only the day of selling. I only sell 4 dozen a week, so its not much work, if any. I do tell my customers that, just in case I miss a spot so they know what to expect and why.

    The eggs I set aside for myself, I wash at the time of using.
  5. Spartan22

    Spartan22 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 2, 2014
    North Canton, Ohio
    We don't wash our eggs and we get lines of people that want them. We collect 3x a day if possible, and if raining or muddy we add more beddings in the coop and run. Now the soiled ones we wash immediately and use or refrigerate them for personal consumption.
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    I don't usually wash or refrigerate...unless I have a surplus of dirty eggs then I thoroughly wash and refrigerate.
    Customers are aware of both conditions.
  7. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener True BYC Addict

    Nov 7, 2012
    I do wash my eggs before sale. Any eggs that are soiled, I keep for my own use. There are one or two girls who often have soiled eggs, and weather can be a factor. I just find it easier to run them all through a quick rinse than to spot wash here and there.

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