My first eggs !! Need advice ??

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by kbreak, Dec 1, 2011.

  1. kbreak

    kbreak Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 1, 2011
    Columbia, MS
    I am sure this is a dumb question but, to clean the eggs do you just wash them off with water and cloth ? So far my eggs don't have any visible poop on them. I wasn't sure if I just needed to wash under running water or wet cloth or something special ?
  2. Evelle

    Evelle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 27, 2011
    North Idaho
  3. kbreak

    kbreak Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 1, 2011
    Columbia, MS
    Quote:Thank you for the information !!
    I just wiped mine with a clean cloth and my husband was like you need to wash that before putting it in the fridge. The 3 eggs I have gotten have been clean without any visible dirt or stains.
  4. Nonny

    Nonny Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 16, 2011
    Brisbane, Australia
    If an egg looks clean, I don't do anything.
    If it has a small smear on it, I wipe it with a damp cloth.
    If it has a big smear and looks yuk I wash it under running water and set it aside to cook well (I usually like my eggs runny, but the dirty ones I make sure it all gets heated to food-safe levels)
  5. Jay262

    Jay262 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 21, 2009
    I just run mine under warm water either way and just give them a good wipe over for the sake of the few seconds it take just makes me feel better about eating them they did just come out of a hens butt after all.
    Last edited: Dec 2, 2011
  6. cochunk

    cochunk Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 13, 2011
    Water washes away the eggs ability to protect the egg so I just leave it as is, maybe wash it just before you use it.
  7. LT

    LT Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 21, 2011
    West Fork
    We just use a dry cloth right before we crack them. We also don't refrigerate our eggs, but this is a personal preference. We have not had any eggs that were dirty. If you do choose to wash them, they must be refrigerated, because as a previous poster mentioned, you would wash off the natural protection that is on the egg.
  8. Dutchess

    Dutchess Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Diddo! The bloom, the bloom, the bloom![​IMG]

    ETA: or is it Ditto? Either way, me too!
    Last edited: Dec 2, 2011
  9. OmyChickens

    OmyChickens Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 22, 2011
    If you are re-using or using those cardboard egg cartons.. just make sure you dry your eggs all the way before putting them in.. sometimes the shell gets stuck to the edges of the carton when pulling an egg out.. and then you have egg guts all over the place..

    if you do wash it, wash it under warm water.. the cold water can crack eggs and draw surface contaminants into the permeable shell.. (ain't science nifty!?)

    I dont wash em.. unless they are dirty. however, I do wash my hands after doing anything with the chickens... sounds like common sense.... but.. well... yeah.

    Good luck and CONGRATS! [​IMG]
  10. Linn Bee

    Linn Bee Chillin' With My Peeps

    I am in the don't wash group. The eggs have a natural protection from bacteria that is removed when washed.
    I do wipe the very few dirty eggs I've gotten with a soft cloth. I even mark the ones that were dirty so I remember and wash those eggs before cracking.
    Yup to washing my hands after collecting the eggs and after cracking them.

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