Is It Ok to Rinse A Poopie Egg?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Chickie Mamma, Jan 12, 2009.

  1. Chickie Mamma

    Chickie Mamma Farmer at Heart

    Apr 20, 2008
    Sherman, CT
    Hello, I have read so many different answers to this question, still confused. With all the snow and mud, the eggs are pretty dirty. Is it ok to rinse with cool water and a paper towel, dry it and put it in the fridge? I really hate to dump them [​IMG] Thanks!
     
  2. TaLani

    TaLani ~ Gemini Chick ~

    Oct 2, 2008
    Bryson City, NC
    I just wipe off whatever gunk (mud or poo) is on the eggs with a dry paper towel & put them in the fridge. When I go to use them is when I rinse them. Guess I don't want to risk washing off the bloom. [​IMG]
     
  3. greyfields

    greyfields Overrun With Chickens

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    It's prefectly fine to wash eggs. Warm water is fine, too.

    People will argue that removing the 'bloom' reduces shelf life. But, if you are washing them then going straight into the fridge, you will see very little reduction in quality (if any).
     
  4. hatchaholic

    hatchaholic Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 23, 2008
    South Carolina
    We just wipe off the really dirty ones before sticking them in the fridge.
     
  5. Chickie Mamma

    Chickie Mamma Farmer at Heart

    Apr 20, 2008
    Sherman, CT
    Thanks so much. I always put them in the fridge right after I rinse them. We eat them within a few days. I've never had a problem so far, but I was just worried I am feeding my family bacteria filled eggs.
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  6. vtchickenlady

    vtchickenlady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What does bloom look like? My hen's eggs have such a hard shell that its hard to believe anything can get in.
     
  7. Chickie Mamma

    Chickie Mamma Farmer at Heart

    Apr 20, 2008
    Sherman, CT
    I think bloom is supposed to be a "film" coating that is on the egg to protect the egg from bacteria etc. My hens lay a very strong shell too but I know the shells have pores so "stuff" can be absorbed into the egg. I am still fairly new to all of this too, so I can be wrong. [​IMG]
    I just don't want to taint the egg with bacteria. Maybe its different if the egg is NOT refrigerated. But I always refrigerate. I spend so much time making organic food, vitamins etc, that I would be disappointed if rinsing would make the eggs spoiled.
     
  8. chicken_angler

    chicken_angler Coop Constructist

    Jun 23, 2008
    a house
    My eggs are really poopie and my dad told me that the other day he put them in a tupper mare container filled with water and the poo pretty much came off.
     
  9. Chic-n-farmer

    Chic-n-farmer Showers of Blessings

    Quote:I recently read that eggs have up to 17,000 pores in the shell. But, marans have fewer pores.... can't remember much more than that, maybe I'll run across that article again.
     
  10. I wash mine with dawn dish detergent and warm water before putting them in the fridge marrie
     

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