How do you clean your eggs?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Chirpy, Jul 26, 2007.

  1. Chirpy

    Chirpy Balderdash

    May 24, 2007
    I know you are not supposed to wash an egg in water but use a dry cloth on it. But... if there is a splotch of poop on it do you keep it and if so do how do you clean it?

    Unfortunately, my light breeds sleep in the next boxes so the eggs are going to, at times, have poop on them. I need to know the safe way of dealing with this so nobody gets sick from bad bacteria.
  2. wendy

    wendy On the Hill

    Jun 14, 2007
    central louisiana
    mine don't sleep in the nesting boxes but i just use a damp throw away towel and then dry it off quickly if there is any grit or anything on it.
    i have a book on raising chickens and that is what the author suggest.
  3. Nyna

    Nyna Songster

    Jul 3, 2007
    Western Montana
    Why are you not supposed to wash the eggs in water?
  4. Whirlwind

    Whirlwind Songster

    Apr 14, 2007
    Tuttle, Oklahoma
    Eggs have a protective coating on them thats called a bloom. It helps preserve the egg and keep it fresh. You can wash a dirty egg just use slightly warmer water than the egg as cold water can let bacteria into the egg.

    I only wash the ones that need it and use them first. If they don't need it don't wash them. But it will not hurt if you need to wash a really dirty one.
  5. ChickieDee

    ChickieDee Songster

    Apr 21, 2007
    North Central PA
    I used a dry magic eraser from Mr. Clean. Works like a charm.

  6. TreyClark281

    TreyClark281 Songster

    Apr 9, 2007
    around Katy, Tx
    do you have to clean every egg??
  7. Whirlwind

    Whirlwind Songster

    Apr 14, 2007
    Tuttle, Oklahoma
    Trey wrote:

    do you have to clean every egg??

    No. Only if it is dirty.​
  8. Mac in Wisco

    Mac in Wisco Antagonist

    May 25, 2007
    SW Wisconsin
    Quote:We don't bother. Most of our eggs come out of the nest clean. For the ones we eat I don't care about a spot here or there. The neighbors don't care too much either. Every now and again I'll take extras into work and give them away to whoever wants them and I'll give them the cleanest eggs.

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