Eggs and more Q & A

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by crandal, Nov 22, 2016.

  1. crandal

    crandal Out Of The Brooder

    Ok all you BYC enthusiasts, time for a little debate / informational discussion. Use this thread for all your egg Q & A. I'll start.

    To wash or not to wash,. That is the question. Now,. I'm new to the raising poultry community but I am learning fast. Lots of articles and discussions and like everything else in life THERE IS CONTROVERSY!!! So,. Instead of articles let's bring it to real live people and get real time answers

    Now, one article says collect eggs daily wash under cold water to get clean and by doing so you remove the protective layer so immediately put into fridge so bacteria doesn't enter egg.

    Another article states, DO NOT WASH EGGS!!! in doing so the water actually forces some bacteria from on the shell into the egg and rather than wash just make sure you clean nest daily so eggs come out clean and collect daily and if need be, Scrub witha dry abrasive pad and put right in fridge but actually they can sit at room temp for a while since you didn't wash off protective layer so egg can breathe but still best to put right in fridge.

    Ok all give it to me,. I want opinions,. Answers,. Side bar questions,. Thoughts,. How have you, the more experienced BYC'er been doing it and what advice could you give to the less experienced BYC'er here still trying to figure it all out.

    And please,. Newbies/oldbies feel free to use this thread for any and all egg related questions for all to get the answers they may seek. Thank you all and 3.2.1. go!!!
     
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  2. lomine

    lomine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I store mine on the counter unwashed. Before I use them I use a soft brush to clean them off. If they are really dirty when collected I clean them and put them in the fridge.
     
  3. crandal

    crandal Out Of The Brooder


    Wait,. You just collect them from the coop and store on counter? For how long are they good to keep at room temp on counter? Also does keeping them at room temp help with the yolk thickness. My duck eggs seem to have really thick yolks that don't break apart and mix easily when I make scrambled eggs?
     
  4. Ravynscroft

    Ravynscroft For the Love of Duck Premium Member

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    I keep my eggs unrefrigerated and unwashed... but I also don't sell my eggs for eating... we use them, and family, friends and neighbors as well that are comfortable with them stored that way...

    Most that sell eggs wash and refrigerate as that's what is usually required by the FDA... but the US is one of only 2 countries that does refrigerate eggs, most of Europe/UK stores keep eggs on the shelf in the baking aisle, I believe...

    Room temp unwashed eggs are good for about a month... refrigerated unwashed eggs can store up to approx 6 months...

    If you wash eggs, they must be refrigerated immediately... once refrigerated, you must keep them that way as letting them warm up again can cause them to sweat and introduce bacteria into the egg...

    Also, when washing, you want to use slightly warmer water than the temp of the egg, not cold water... cold water makes the egg inside contract and pulls bacteria in while warmer water causes it to expand and keep it out...

    You will get many different answers for sure... but it all comes down to what YOU feel comfortable with doing...

    No matter what, I always recommend cracking eggs into a separate container and if it looks, smells or seems questionable to you then don't use it... :)
     
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  5. crandal

    crandal Out Of The Brooder


    Wow def learning a lot here thanks,. I've only ever bought eggs from the store boy was I sadly misinformed growing up but thank you for the info. I'm comfortable with doing anything so long as I don't get sick lol. Anyone else care to chime in.
     
  6. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    I collect my eggs and if they are filthy [duck usually] I wash and store in the frig, if they are clean I still store in the frig but don't wash till I use them if there is dirt on them.Chicken, duck and goose

    Hey no one has dirty duck eggs but me? and mine gets clean out shavings daily and some of their eggs still get pretty nasty. [​IMG]{I think they do it on purpose}
     
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  7. Ravynscroft

    Ravynscroft For the Love of Duck Premium Member

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    :hugs

    Nope, we all get 'em, lol... but mine usually end up in the bator! :lau

    If just dirt, I only ever wash right before I use them... more than dirt, like the ones the ducks play hockey and soccer with in their pen, I feed back to the chickens... our ducks don't care for the eggs, just want the shells... :confused:
     
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  8. Miss Lydia

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    [​IMG] back at ya!!

    [​IMG] Yep the ole into the bator routine. sometimes when I find one that is so poopy I don't even want to bring it inside I play try and hit the tree over the fence game.
     
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  9. lomine

    lomine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yep, I just leave them on the counter. I think the longest I had them was a few weeks as they usually get used quickly. I wouldn't keep it more than a month. If I have some questionable ones I just float test them. As an egg sits the air sack slowly expands. If it's gotten big enough the egg will float. I toss any egg that floats enough to not be touching the bottom of the bowl. There are so many no sense in eating a questionable one. I also crack them in a seperate bowl first to make sure they are good.

    The toughness of the yolk is partly because of it being duck and partly because it is fresh. That toughness breaks down as it ages. I think most folks, myself included, are surprised at how different a fresh egg is compared to store bought. It makes sense once you think about though. Especially since store bought eggs can be 60 days old by the time the customer buys it.
     
  10. FoodFreedomNow

    FoodFreedomNow Chillin' With My Peeps

    The scope of my response is just personal use eggs; as has already been mentioned, eggs being offered for sale are subject to numerous, state-specific requirements.

    I believe in the protective power of the bloom and in keeping my immune system, particularly gut flora, healthy. Despite having eaten many eggs with poopy and/or muddy shells, I have never been sickened by my own flock's eggs. I collect once or twice a day (depending on the temperature outside), eggs are unwashed and kept at room temperature. If the temperature inside is too warm, like in the summer, I'll store the eggs in the basement. Refrigerating eggs will extend their "shelf life", but I don't have need - or the inclination - to eat eggs that are more than a few weeks old, at the oldest.

    In case this wasn't one you've already read, I thought this article was interesting: http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt...-chills-its-eggs-and-most-of-the-world-doesnt.
     

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