Egg cleaning

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by pittsk, Aug 17, 2011.

  1. pittsk

    pittsk Out Of The Brooder

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    My hens are 19 weeks old. Looking forward to getting eggs soon. Any suggestions on egg cleaning and storage. Thanks for input
     
  2. TinyChickenLady

    TinyChickenLady Chillin' With My Peeps

    To clean them, I just use my bare hands to exfoliate them with warm water. Some people use mild soap. I don't dare to. I don't want it seeping into the pores of the egg [​IMG]
     
  3. annaraven

    annaraven Born this way

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    It's easy - don't. Unless there's poop on them (in which case, you need to clean the nesting box and make sure nobody sleeps in there) you want to leave the eggs alone because there's something on them called "bloom" which is a natural barrier so bacteria don't get in (I learned about that here on BYC!) If you wash the eggs, the barrier gets washed off too. Just set them whereever you want to store them (some folks refrigerate, others just set them on the counter) and if you want, rinse them right before you use them.
     
  4. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Overrun With Chickens

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    We clean our eggs right before eating. I've gotten 2 eggs now and they come out very clean.
     
  5. GoldDogsMom

    GoldDogsMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree, only wash if dirty. Rinse before use...2 yrs of eggs and no problems!
     
  6. Atrayu

    Atrayu Chillin' With My Peeps

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    great question and thanks for the replies. I am expecting eggs anytime from my young hens, so this information is very helpful. I really enjoy reading the posts here on BYC.


    I am the care giver to 2 Buff Orpingtons, 3 Rhode Island Reds, 3 Barred Rocks, 2 Black Australorps, 3 Ameracaunas and two Red Stars all living organic and happy lives.
     
  7. GreenGables

    GreenGables Chillin' With My Peeps

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  8. Ruth Ann

    Ruth Ann Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I only wipe off if there is a little poop on them. Put them in carton and into the fridge.
     
  9. ECBW

    ECBW Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wash them as I wash my hands. My rationale is that the eggs may not be visibly dirty; they have had a roll in the hay. We all know hay is far from sanitary. I know there is suppose to be a coating that keeps the bacteria from penetrating the shell. If the bacteria is washed away and absent from the shell, mission is achieved.

    My kids remarked that the poop and eggs come thru the same place.
    Not a pleasant thought to put unclean eggs in my fridge.
     
  10. Newbie in Screamer Al

    Newbie in Screamer Al Chillin' With My Peeps

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