How many really wash eggs just before use?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by BCMominMD, Aug 8, 2009.

  1. BCMominMD

    BCMominMD Songster

    Mar 12, 2009
    Southern Md
    I have been putting my eggs in the frig when I collect them. They have been clean. Then I just crack them and use them cooked in some way.
    So am I the only one who doesn't wash my eggs?
  2. Equus5O

    Equus5O Songster

    I've only been getting eggs for a week now. Last Saturday was the first one! I haven't washed them, and they're in a carton on the counter. They look pretty clean to me.
  3. hikerchick

    hikerchick Songster

    Apr 6, 2009
    Dover, PA
    I only wash them when they are dirty.
  4. littlegip

    littlegip Songster

    Jun 7, 2009
    Romulus Michigan
    i havent been washing mine, Mom didn't have us wash them when i was a kid ..let's see what other ppl do .
  5. backdoorchicken

    backdoorchicken Songster

    Jul 14, 2009
    newport news va
    this will be nice to know when ever i finally get some darn eggs
  6. CoopCrazy

    CoopCrazy Brooder Boss

    Mar 3, 2009
    I dont was them unless they are really dirty ... Grosses my folks out but I know what they eat , where they sleep., and where I got the egg from so I dont worry ...
  7. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    I might give them a quick rinse when muddy, but that's it.

    ETA, and I NEVER use soap or bleach. Egg shells are porous and absorb anything like that!
    Last edited: Aug 8, 2009
  8. Galaxiedriver

    Galaxiedriver Songster

    Apr 25, 2009
    Mid Missouri
    Seems to me washing them is a good idea, so I must ask y'all why you don't wash them?

    In the tiny microbe world, a chicken coop and run are filthy.

    Our's aren't laying yet, but we will definitely wash the eggs when they start.
  9. Knight Hawk Ranch

    Knight Hawk Ranch Songster

    Oct 19, 2007
    Labelle, Florida
    The hen puts a bloom on the egg for a reason. If that is good enough to protect a developing chick then it should be good enough to keep the bad bacteria out for the most part.
    We don't wash the egg unless it is 'dirty'. I try to keep the nests supplied with fresh bedding so that they are clean upon collection.
  10. hikerchick

    hikerchick Songster

    Apr 6, 2009
    Dover, PA
    Quote:washing them removes the protective "bloom" that keeps bacteria from invading the egg.

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