How many of your eggs are dirty?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by stone_family3, Feb 5, 2012.

  1. stone_family3

    stone_family3 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 11, 2011
    I needed to buy some eggs and everyone raved about this person locally, they told me that they were $2 a dozen or $2.50 if you wanted them washed.

    All their eggs were dirty. I thought that was weird several of the people I know haven't had that problem and I have only had maybe 1 or 2 dirty eggs a month.
  2. devora

    devora Chillin' With My Peeps

    Wow, 2 clams a dozen? Sheeesh, free range eggs go for 4 to 5 smackeroos a doz around here. But I digress.

    If it's a muddy day all my eggs are dirty! Otherwise, about 2 of every dozen are dirty. Only 2 a month for you?! Your girls are very neat. :)
    Last edited: Feb 5, 2012
  3. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    When it's muddy out about 80% are dirty. When it's dry, almost none.
  4. ThePigeonKid

    ThePigeonKid Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 24, 2010
    Ohio - Chickens 3yrs

    Same here. [​IMG]
  5. stone_family3

    stone_family3 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 11, 2011
    I'm in Ohio and eggs in that expensive are only in the grocery store and farmers markets. These were more poopy then muddy.

    I'm really anal retentive about keeping the nesting boxes clean.
  6. MrsMoonCat

    MrsMoonCat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 13, 2012
    Madera, CA
    I wish my gals were tidier too. I get about 3-4 dirty ones in a dozen. It doesn't seem to matter what I use in the boxes.
  7. devora

    devora Chillin' With My Peeps

    Maybe my girls should be more anal retentive. [​IMG]
  8. Kittyf

    Kittyf Chillin' With My Peeps

    My nest-layers give me generally clean eggs, but my floor-layer's are always dirty, a bit poopy or stuck with shavings and need a wipe/wash. Maybe this lady's hens lay on the coop floor or in the run.

    PS In my local stores, organic and/or free-range eggs go for about $3 for a 1/2 dozen. Sometimes they go on sale for $4-5 a dozen if the store is overstocked. These are generally Land O Lakes cage free brown eggs. I buy eggs when my girls don't lay enough for what we need.
    Last edited: Feb 5, 2012
  9. ChicKat

    ChicKat Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Ditto the above, it takes a pretty muddy day to get those little traces of dirt from the hen's feet on the shells.

    I'm lucky that my nest areas are really super easy to access, and I take two kitty litter pooper-scoopers and if anyone pooped in the nest area, I lift the poop off the shavings daily. Refresh wood shavings as needed. Usually the worst my eggs get is if there is shaving or saw dust stuck to the bloom. I'm really lucky and my runs are pretty high and dry.

    The lady in question may have really damp access, and her hens don't walk mud off before arriving in nest box--or if poop covered as you say---then maybe nest boxes need a cleaning. Hmmm.
  10. stcroixusvi

    stcroixusvi Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 5, 2011
    Western NC
    My Coop
    Poopy would be cause for concern. I rarely have a poopy egg, but with all this rainy weather, the muddy egg is pretty common. I've trained people to accept the mud [​IMG]. Nothing seems to help the ladies learn to wipe their feet before they enter the nesting boxes. I've tried fresh shavings, nothing works.

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