So, my mallard has started laying, and I'd like to just start adding her eggs to the chickens' eggs in the fridge to eat, but her eggs are always so messy! Dirty, muddy - ick. Any thoughts on how to keep her eggs clean so they can go straight into the fridge? She lays during the middle of the night (ain't gonna happen - don't even suggest it - I need my sleep!). She has a nesting box with fresh hay, but doesn't seem to help. Other question, with this kind of dirty egg, this makes the chances of samonella greater. Water fowl are really filthy birds in general, compared to chickens. Has anyone had any problem with samonella and duck eggs? Or if you find a dirty one, do you toss it and wait for a cleaner one to collect? I would worry that too much time has passed since the egg was layed (and was dirty) and that the bad 'bugs' have had a chance to breach the shell and contaminate the egg by the time I get to it. Thoughts? and yes, we do eggs sunny side up from time to time. That's why cleanliness is a big deal.