Is it ok to just wipe eggs with water?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Reinbeau, Dec 3, 2008.

  1. Reinbeau

    Reinbeau The Teapot Underground Premium Member

    I don't want to remove the bloom from the outside of my eggs, but just want to use a damp cloth and wipe off the really yucky smears that happen occasionally. Does that ruin the bloom?
     
  2. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    Yes. BUT, ruining the bloom and putting it the fridge right away will not affect your eggs. It you leave the poo on it then the bacteria can get into the egg, so it's better to wash.
     
  3. mothergoose1963

    mothergoose1963 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The water needs to be warmer than the egg, too. i use the soap from Murray McMurray to wash my eggs with.
     
  4. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    well..this is good to know..i also wipe my eggs with a damp papertowel...
     
  5. CK Chickadilly

    CK Chickadilly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:What is the "bloom" is that the coating on the egg?

    So if you wash the egg off with just water, do you HAVE to put it in the fridge?

    Don't a lot of people wash them & put them on the counter in a basket or something? [​IMG]
     
  6. nailjack

    nailjack Out Of The Brooder

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    Bloom? I just wash them with warm water and a soft sponge to remove the poo. Then put them in the fridge.
     
  7. swtangel321

    swtangel321 ~Crazy Egg Lady~

    Jul 11, 2008
    I spot clean mine with a wet PT (if needed) I dont like to but dont want chicken butt smears in the fridge !! Also dont like to sell/give eggs away with poop on them.
     
  8. mothergoose1963

    mothergoose1963 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The bloom is a natural protective coating on eggs. If you are eating the eggs, by all means wash them. Just make sure the water is warmer than the egg, or the bacteria may go into the egg.

    People who are hatching eggs get funny about washing the eggs with water. I wash mine. I dont want that bacteria in my incubator. I carefully and quickly wash them in very warm water with the Murray McMurray Egg soap and I have great hatches. Unless someone wants them unwashed, I ship washed eggs, too. I hate getting poopy eggs in the mail and I dont like sending poopy eggs to my customers. Waterfowl eggs can get really dirty. Most of my chicken eggs are clean as a whistle in the nest so it isnt an issue. It is all just personal preference. Experiment for yourself and see what works for you. [​IMG]
     
  9. CK Chickadilly

    CK Chickadilly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If I wash them do they have to go into the fridge? I have been keeping them on the table in a basket.
     
  10. Rainman

    Rainman Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:You should refrigerate your eggs right away. A few days on the table is like weeks in the fridge.
     

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