how to clean eggs?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by marilyn15, Jun 29, 2011.

  1. marilyn15

    marilyn15 Out Of The Brooder

    May 26, 2010
    Shiloh, IL
    Apologize ahead of time but was not sure where I should ask this question???
    WE have been getting eggs for awhile now and should have asked this question earlier on, but I had heard from different people on how to clean our eggs after we gather them. Does anyone have any advice? I know they are fine how they are but sometimes if we get them later in the day and if it has rained there may be some mud on them or poop, so wanted to know the best way to do this? I have heard so many different stories so I thought I would check here with the experts! Thanks.
  2. mandelyn

    mandelyn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 30, 2009
    Goshen, OH
    Just rinse with water. You don't want to remove the protective coating they have on them, as that causes them to not store as long in the fridge. I collect mine on the counter top for a couple of days, rinse them all at once, and put them in the fridge. Or you can do them the same day laid.

    You can also buy an "egg wash" solution which I believe disinfects it but leaves the coating intact? Not sure. You don't want to use any household cleaning products, is all I know.
  3. marilyn15

    marilyn15 Out Of The Brooder

    May 26, 2010
    Shiloh, IL
    Thank you very much. You reassured me, I have been using exactly just water, I was before using soap until my husband said no way! So thanks for the advice, good ol' water will do!

  4. 1zooman12

    1zooman12 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 12, 2013
    Has anybody figured out a way to clean an egg for incubation and to restore its bloom with a workable substitute using say some sort of non toxic oil? There must be a way to accomplish this even yet undiscovered. I have trouble letting a hen incubate a filthy egg. Thanks, one and all!
    Neal, the Zooman
  5. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Flock Master

    Nov 7, 2012
    Neal, You might want to do a google search regarding sanitizing eggs for incubation. Generally, it's not recommended, but... there are those who do. I'm thinking about doing a bit of spot sanitizing before incubating next week. My search yielded 1 cap (that's CAP, NOT CUP!) full of bleach per gallon of warm water. Do your own search, and choose your own path. But, especially, if a hen is going to brood the eggs, I wouldn't clean the bloom off them. With the hen on them, that bloom will be more important than ever. Hens have been incubating eggs for thousands of years without issues!
  6. rougerage16

    rougerage16 Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 8, 2012
    Marilyn15, If they look ok and arent too dirty I dont wash them at all. One thing I have read that you want to rinse them with water that is warmer, I dont remember why, but something about how it prevents bacteria from moving into the egg and shelf life
  7. TheEggCollecter

    TheEggCollecter Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 16, 2014
    I use a dry and rough cloth or napkin so that i don't damage the bloom

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