My father-in-law is raising chickens and we're the beneficiary since he won't eat their eggs. We only get by there every couple of weeks so the eggs are pretty fresh but I have some questions about them. The chicks are whatever variety the local farm store was selling but they all lay brown eggs. He doesn't always clean them well so I wash them before using them. Even so, if I boil them, much of the brown comes off like a film and the water foams up with brown bits in the foam. What causes the foaming and is it safe? He recently got a rooster. This week's eggs each had a tiny brown spot in them, attached to the yolk. Are they fertilized? Even if they are, should I care? If it is that pin-head sized dot, are they still OK to eat? We'll be retiring soon and starting our own flock and I'm trying to not be squeamish. I ate the boiled eggs I did tonight, assuming that no matter what, if anything, might have been wrong with them would have been made safe by boiling. I'd love to hear more about eating fresh eggs.