I haven't washed them yet, but it's so exciting! I have a BBW and a BBB. Evidently one of them has laid twice, but I just saw them today. I got them both as one day old chicks June 5th, 2013 and learned later that this breed is only meant for meat. At nearly 8 months old they are both healthy and active and now giving me eggs! I thought that if I could keep them "on a diet" , I might start getting eggs from them around March or so...this was so unexpected...and thrilling!