Eggs are great, poop is not!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by DAT, Mar 26, 2009.

  1. DAT

    DAT New Egg

    Mar 26, 2009
    Southeastern Vermont
    OK, here's a question: how do people deal with eggs that have chicken poop on them? Just throw them out?

    I have a nest box that's big enough, and kept clean, and it's up off the floor. Nonetheless, about a third of the eggs have some bits of poop on them. Is there something wrong with the chickens? Is this just the way it goes, and I shouldn't worry about it?

    I'm reluctant to just wash them off, because I read that they won't stay fresh very long if you do that, and that you can actually push bit of poop into the pores of the eggshell and make a bad situation worse. So I end up throwing away a lot of eggs.

    I feed them organic layer pellets, and they get scratch once in a while. They have clean water and a pan of grit too.

    Any ideas?
  2. Indychick

    Indychick Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 10, 2009
    Personally, I just brush it off. You can wash, and wash, and rewash your eggs and they would still be fresher than what you get at the grocery store. Even if you do wash the egg, you're probably going to eat it in a reasonable time. Eggs don't last long in our house. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Mar 26, 2009
  3. pkeeler

    pkeeler Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 20, 2008
    I feed them to the dog.
  4. digginchicks

    digginchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 15, 2009
    Sullivan, Indiana
    I was em and put them in the fridge [​IMG]
  5. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

    Jun 14, 2008
    South Puget Sound
    I wash the truly offensive ones. Since my eggs only are in the fridge for a week or so I don't need to worry about them lasting or going "bad" because I removed the bloom. It doesn't make a difference in the short-term like this.
  6. ChickieKeeta

    ChickieKeeta C'mon C'mere Fluffa Feathers

    Feb 16, 2009
    Cumberland County NJ
    Washing fresh chicken eggs.
    Lots of info there.
  7. Sunny Side Up

    Sunny Side Up Count your many blessings...

    Mar 12, 2008
    Loxahatchee, Florida
    If the poop has dried you can try & scrape it off, I keep a few old plastic spoons near the nest boxes to clean those kind of eggs before I put them in the basket. You can also use sandpaper (I buy packs at the dollar store) to remove any residue.

    You can also just wash the eggs in hot water without concern about bacteria getting into the egg pores. There's something about osmosis, I can't remember exactly, but if the water is warmer than the contents of the egg the germs won't go inside.

    You're right that eggs are porous, but it's not like a sieve or a colander, you needn't worry about pushing actual bits of poop into the eggs. The pores are very very tiny, to allow exchange of air to the developing chick. Bacteria could get through, but not poop.

    I clean & use all but the most awfully messy ones. And I'm a cheapskate & an egg lover, so I won't let many go to waste. And you're buying organic feed too, your hens' eggs are extra precious!
  8. cointoss

    cointoss Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 1, 2008
    Gaylordsville, CT
    My girls don't usually poop in the egg box -- except the last two weeks when they've been trying to lay on them all night, pretending to be broody... When there is some poop on the egg, I just wipe it off. Not like you're eating the shell, after all.
  9. WalkingOnSunshine

    WalkingOnSunshine Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 8, 2008
    Just wash them in water about 20 degrees hotter than the egg before you put it in the fridge (to make sure that nothing gets forced into the pores of the egg). Unscented detergent if you want. A dip in dilute bleach water if you want. Think about this--all commercial eggs are washed. They still last 45+ days.

    Yes, you wash the bloom off the egg. But the egg will still last 45+ days in the fridge. You're gonna eat it, not hatch it. Eat them first if you're worried about it. Make sure that you're cooking them well and don't eat raw cookie dough if you're worried about it.

    Feeding poopy eggs to the dog or throwing them away is a bit extreme.

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