My two females lay right out in the open....next to the fence that seperates my yard from the pasture. They have made a bit of a hole...so there is MUD at the bottom of it. I put hay in the hole, but everyday when I go out there they have messed up their nest while doing their laying thing. So, my eggs are always dirty. I am going to get a bit of landscape fabric to put at the bottom of it to help with that, just gotta go find it. Anyway.....their eggs are laid in a spot that gets hit with the sprinkler. I had heard that you shouldn't wash the eggs in cold water because it opens the spores (is this the right word?) and it allows bacteria in. Well, the sprinkler water is cold. I bring the eggs in, wash in lukewarm water with a titch of soap, stick them in the fridge and use them as I need to. But....I worry every single time I use them....how do you know if bacteria has gotten in? I am assuming since none of us have gotten sick that it hasn't happened yet, but....still....I worry! I have gotten some good advice on cleaning eggs and all, but...........how easy is it to do the wrong thing? I have a neighbor that does not worry at ALL about her eggs and I seem to be the exact opposite, I worry about every part of how my eggs get from duck belly to MY belly.