Poopy Eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by blackswamp, Oct 25, 2013.

  1. blackswamp

    blackswamp Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 11, 2012
    NW Ohio
    I have read several times that you shouldn't clean the eggs because of a protecting coating on the egg. My girls are getting a little sloppy & there is poop marks on the eggs & some look a little nasty. Should I clean them off if so what should I use? I have seen some wash stuff before at TSC is this ok?

  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    There are a number of approaches suggested here. Commercial eggs get washed by law, with some sort of germicidal solution. I will just tell you what I do.

    If not dirty, they go in the refrig unwashed. If poopy, I rinse under running warm water til clean, let air dry, then refrigerate. The water should be warmer than the egg, because that encourages bacteria to move outwards rather than inwards.
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    I have one hen who always, always poops on her egg. She is a distinctive layer, very round green eggs with brown speckles, so I know it's the same hen. Always with dried poo on the egg. I'm not normally an egg washer, but hers get washed. Warm water, and I just use a scrubbie or my hands to get it off. Wash everything well afterward, done. Don't spend $ on an egg wash, plain ol water and some dish soap do just fine.

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