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"Poop on the Eggs"

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Peeps5, Feb 16, 2012.

  1. Peeps5

    Peeps5 Hatching

    Jan 29, 2012
    Recently I found chicken poop on the eggs in the nest. I do not normally wash the egg until ready to eat but I can't leave that on there like that. I worry about washing off the bloom. What ya think?

  2. Yay Chicks!

    Yay Chicks! Songster

    Apr 15, 2010
    Forest Grove, OR
    Usually I don't wash or refrigerate eggs, but if there is poop on one, I usually wash it off and then refrigerate the egg.
  3. I put aside the dirty eggs and wait until I have enough to scramble 'em up and feed 'em back to the girls.
  4. Kittyf

    Kittyf Songster

    Me, too - and I generally bake with any refrigerated eggs. Once in a while I'll find a floor egg and then I'll wash & refrigerate.
  5. justin84119

    justin84119 Hatching

    May 31, 2011
    My son brings in the eggs and I clean em with warm water and sometimes a brush if needed. We use them up quickly so I am not afraid if the bloom goes away. I put them in the fridge right away. We go through cycles with no poop on eggs and other times it is just a mess. We have younger chickens who think the nesting boxes are for sleeping in, Therefore we have poop in the boxes. I try to clean out the boxes as often as possible and replace with new hay or shredded newspaper, that generally helps. Also I will remove the chickens from the box if I catch them sleeping in there.
  6. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Crowing Premium Member

    We have very fussy egg customers. Mostly city folk who have retired into this areas. But, they are the customer and they pay the bills, and so they want washed eggs, washed eggs is what they get.

    All the guidelines published by State Agriculture University Extensions say basically the same thing. Wash them, not soak them, in water temperatures 20 degrees warmer than the egg, or around 130 degrees, which will feel very warm to your skin. Air dry, paper towel to finish and refrigerate.

    While the "bloom" may be nice, it is hardly the end of the world. 100% of the eggs sold in stores are washed and refrigerated, of course. Frankly, our eggs go from nest to someone's home way too fast to ever be anything but fresh in comparison.
  7. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

    Aug 13, 2007
    North/Central Florida
    This is pretty much what I do as well. Gathered, washed, and refrigerated every day. This "bloom" thing is way overated in my opinion.

  8. beefmaster

    beefmaster In the Brooder

    Feb 17, 2012
    as said you just wash the chicken crapp off the egg.chickens are going to mess on eggs an in the nestboxes.
  9. McKenley5

    McKenley5 Chirping

    Jul 9, 2011
    I only wash the eggs when I am preparing them for sale. It doesn't even bother me to have a little chicken poop in my fridge.[​IMG] Every pair of shoes I own, as well as my entire backyard and porch are encrusted anyway...
  10. NYRIR

    NYRIR Songster

    May 13, 2010
    You sound like my twin! Same issues here [​IMG]

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