Egg sanitizing

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by njurado, Oct 9, 2007.

  1. njurado

    njurado Hatching

    Sep 19, 2007
    Hello, well we finally got our first egg and my children, got bless the little cannibals, want to eat! Is there any type of washing I need to do to the egg? And what is the best way to keep eggs that are laid? Thanks for any help.[​IMG]
  2. yankee

    yankee In the Brooder

    Feb 21, 2007
    I wipe mine off with my hands under some water just befor I carck them open. If they are real dirty I'll clean them before I put them in the carton. Some say they don't last that long if they are cleaned but others don't buy into that theory. I suggust you do what YOU think is best.
  3. MandyH

    MandyH You'll shoot your eye out!

    I have never washed an egg in the 7 years I have raised chickens. If you are going to store them to eat, put them in the fridge with the big end up. If you are storing them to hatch keep them at room temp big end up for no longer than 7 days.
  4. greyfields

    greyfields Crowing

    Mar 15, 2007
    Washington State
  5. sunnychooks

    sunnychooks Songster

    Jul 21, 2007
    Oh, Boy!!! This is one of those topics that everyone has a different opinion on! [​IMG]

    Personally, if the egg is clean I never wash it. There is a natural "bloom" or "cuticle" on the egg that prevents bacteria from entering through the porous shell. If the egg is dirty, be sure to wash it with water that's warmer than the egg. If you use colder water the shell will contract and draw impurities into the egg. The egg washers (in the above post) also work well. It really depends on what you're comfortable with. Whatever you decide, enjoy your eggs! [​IMG]
  6. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Crowing

    May 8, 2007
    I store clean eggs unwashed, as they will stay fresher, longer. I use the oldest eggs first. If I do get a dirty egg, I wash it thoroughly, with mild soap and a brush. That egg gets used right away.

    Clean eggs only get a quick rinse under the faucet before using.
  7. TransplantedTexan

    TransplantedTexan Songster

    Jul 9, 2007
    Bear Creek, Wi
    If dirty I rinse them off, and if needed a little scub with a scrubby pad.
  8. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    Never wash mine unless there is poop on it and even then, only with a paper towel with very warm water and wipe off the poop. If it was really bad, I'd wash it, but I have rarely had one like that because I monitor the nestboxes quite a bit and change out of add straw as needed.
  9. wegotchickens

    wegotchickens DownSouth D'Uccles & Silkies

    Jul 5, 2007
    Sevier County, TN
    Quote:How long can you keep an egg before it's inedible?
  10. greyfields

    greyfields Crowing

    Mar 15, 2007
    Washington State
    No one denies the bloom exists on an egg. But if you are refrigerating an egg, how much difference can it really make. I say do what you want with your eggs. But if you ever have guests over to your house and they eat eggs (or you sell eggs, or even give them away), do wash your eggs. It's cheap insurance to protect your interests. And it's kind of fun washing them. They look so awesome afterwards. [​IMG]

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