egg washing

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by RobnCj13, Sep 13, 2014.

  1. RobnCj13

    RobnCj13 Out Of The Brooder

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    My wife and I are new to chickens and country living. We are looking for the proper way to wash our eggs.
     
  2. mlwascom

    mlwascom Out Of The Brooder

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    When a chicken lays an egg it is covered in a natural coating called bloom. Bloom is a natural way to keep bacteria from entering through the shell into the egg. Unless the egg is dirty, I do not wash my eggs. If I do have an egg that is dirty, I gently clean the debris away with a sponge.
     
  3. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!

    Like mlwascom mentioned, cleaning eggs is not necessary unless they have visible or adhering dirt. In cases like that, you can gently wash the egg in warm water. It is important that the water be warm. Cold water causes the contents of the egg to retract, drawing potential bacteria on the shell into the egg--not a good thing.
     
  4. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you.

    X2 on mlwascom and Bantamlover21.
     
  5. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. Mlwascom and BantamLover21 have explained very well how to clean (if needed) chicken eggs so I'll just say, please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. What kind of chickens do you have?
     
  6. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    Yes, you don't need to wash or clean your eggs.

    Washing eggs is bad because an eggshell is covered in a lining called the "bloom." This prevents bacteria and germ entry. Washing eggs removes this coating. If you absolutely have to wash an egg, be sure to use warm water and use the egg that day.

    Sometimes you may come upon a messy or poopy egg. No need for washing. Sometimes just using a dry paper towel you can get the mess off.

    Good luck!
     
  7. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
     
  8. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    You have been given some great advice above, so I will just welcome you to our flock!
     
  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Welcome to the flock.
     
  10. LIChickens

    LIChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome to BYC!

    You will find a lot of good information here. Keep on asking questions and you will get many good answers.

    You may also want to read the FAQ below.
     

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