Our first egg!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Nightowlmom, Oct 20, 2015.

  1. Nightowlmom

    Nightowlmom New Egg

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    This morning I went to open my girls door and check their food. Out of the corner of my eye I see something in the nesting box - and there it was the first egg! They are all over 20 weeks so I was starting to wonder if it would ever happen!

    We'll be eating this egg this morning but I'm wondering now about longer term storage (If we ever get that many eggs). I've read some people say to clean the eggs before putting them in the carton, others say not to wash until you eat it. This egg was amazingly clean (you can see, I haven't done anything to it yet).

    Are there any "best practices" of egg collecting and storage people have to share?

    Thanks![​IMG]
     
  2. nchls school

    nchls school Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We don't clean the eggs until there used, but I do make sure that the nest boxes are as clean as I can make them. First eggs are always something to wait for; I did that last summer. Now I'm waiting for the first chicks from those hens. Time and again I've been disappointed. The next eggs are due to hatch this weekend. Always waiting-but fun!
     
  3. Kraken Farmer

    Kraken Farmer Out Of The Brooder

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    The eggs only need to be washed if they are actually dirty or have gotten wet or scratched. Once they have been cleaned place them in a clean egg carton and store in the refrigerator.
    If they do not need to be washed they can be left at room temperature for days or even weeks. Leaving them at room temperature will cause the eggs to age a little faster (air sack will grow more quickly). If you choose to refrigerate them, they must remain refrigerated.

    According to the Georgia Dept. of Agriculture, eggs should be consumed within 45 days from the time they are processed (washed/packaged).
     
  4. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Congrats!

    They will store longer unwashed. When the hen lays an egg, she puts a protective coating (called a bloom) on the egg to keep bacteria from penetrating it. When you wash the egg, you lose this protection.
     

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