How many really wash eggs just before use?

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

  1. BCMominMD

    BCMominMD Songster

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    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

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    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

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    this will be nice to know when ever i finally get some darn eggs
     
  6. CoopCrazy

    CoopCrazy Brooder Boss

    Mar 3, 2009
    Columbus,IN
    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

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    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

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    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

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    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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