Post here if you DON'T wash clean-looking eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by gale65, Oct 20, 2011.

  1. airmechreed

    airmechreed Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 17, 2011
    Colorado Springs
    I don't wash eggs at all unless they are visably dirty. I do refrigerate however that is out of habbit. I know I don't need to.
  2. gale65

    gale65 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks everyone. As it says in my signature, I'm very germophobic. So I was wrestling with how to proceed. At first, we got a few eggs that had some ick on them due to being laid on the coop floor and getting stepped on. So I washed them but after I did, all I could think about was that poop water splashing over my sink and maybe (horrors!) on my countertop or myself. So I decided I would wipe off any visible poo and then wash, so no solids would be splashing about. So the next time, right before using, I wiped them off (clean ones) with a wet paper towel and then thought maybe I'm being too nervous and just used them without washing. I'm still among the living, btw. So I thought maybe a quick poll here would help me to not worry. I think I will just wipe any poo off with a dry cloth before storing and not worry about washing at all, or wipe and then wash only the poopy ones and refrigerate. The funny thing is that 20 or so years ago (when I was sane) I raised laying hens and thought nothing of just putting poopy eggs right in my fridge (in the built in egg holes) and would eventually wash them but put them right back in those poopy egg holes. And I'm pretty sure I never washed my hands after cracking eggs, plus I made noodles back then so I had my hands and counters covered in egg noodle dough. Somehow I lived. (I didn't have kids or a husband back then-only a deadbeat boyfriend who also still lives-I think).

    As for now, we don't refrigerate so far. I probably will once we have a dozen, because I have more fridge space than counter space right now.
    Last edited: Oct 21, 2011
  3. JodyJo

    JodyJo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 27, 2010
    you can always crack the eggs into a different bowl before adding to mixes or the pan, in case one of those shells that may be dirty, fall into the dish...remember, nothing wrong with scrambling and feeding back to hens....there will be more tomorrow!
  4. gale65

    gale65 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:I have actually been doing that because of possible blood spots, etc that I might want to pick out. If a shell falls in though, I actually probably wouldn't even worry about it since the dish would be cooked. But I wouldn't crack an egg with poop on the shell. I'd for sure wipe that off first. I would pick the shell out before cooking though, unless it's for a pet.
  5. boykin2010

    boykin2010 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 26, 2010
    South Georgia
    I take a toothbrush and run it under warm water to take off any caked on poo on the eggs. Just because the people i sell the eggs too dont want the "poopy eggs." But I wash the duck eggs. I wouldnt even think of putting a duck egg in my fridge without washing it. Those are some nasty looking eggs.
  6. Feral tabby

    Feral tabby Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 10, 2011
    We never wash our eggs. If one is poopy, we just give it a rinse before cracking it.
  7. ButtersMama

    ButtersMama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 28, 2011
    Quote:If you wash it you wash off the bloom and all the bacteria get in. And then it's THE END of the Healthy Egg.

    Bacteria from where?
  8. JodyJo

    JodyJo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 27, 2010
    Quote:If you wash it you wash off the bloom and all the bacteria get in. And then it's THE END of the Healthy Egg.

    Bacteria from where?

    I think they mean, when you wash off the bloom, it opens the egg up for bacteria to enter through the shell....
  9. LovinChicknFarmn

    LovinChicknFarmn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Carolina
    We use them without almost ever washing them. My husband will wash one off right before he uses it if it's super dirty (poop and/or mud), but that's it. Sometimes if it has feathers or wood chips stuck to it, I wipe it off on the way back into the house, but that's all the energy I spend on cleaning eggs. The inside's not dirty.
  10. trooper

    trooper Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 26, 2010
    [​IMG][​IMG]I don't clean my eggs unless they are dirty.I don't clean them then until I go to use them and then I wipe them off with a wet rag.

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