Egg's Bloom

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by catterbug, Nov 22, 2010.

  1. catterbug

    catterbug Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok so I am one of those that doesn't wash my eggs unless they are really dirty and I don't do that until I go to use them. However I do put my eggs in the frig. So I got thinking today that does the act of putting them in the frig kill the bloom. I do not wash them so that I keep the bloom in tack. I have only had chickens for a few months now and they have only been laying for a few weeks. Also does it matter if I do try and keep the bloom alive?
     
  2. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    Mother Earth News did a study for a year on different ways to store eggs and unwashed ,fertile or unfertile refrigerated lasted the longest.
     
  3. WhetzelMomma

    WhetzelMomma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    As I understand it, the bloom is not "alive" it's just a protective layer that aides in protecting the porousness of the shell from invasion. I don't think refrigeration will hurt it.
     
  4. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    Quote:Yup, this is my impression.
     
  5. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

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    The bloom also helps keep moisture from evaporating out of the egg, which increases the size of the air cell.

    If I collect an occasional dirty egg that needs to be washed before it goes in the frig, I just put it in the rotation to be used sooner, instead of last.
     

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