Questions about laying egg on floor

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by momofchicks, Sep 24, 2008.

  1. momofchicks

    momofchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    For some reason this week I have found 3 eggs on the floor out in their run. They have eated all the grass so it's all dirt and some poo. My question is, can we eat these eggs? They have dirt and poo on them because I'm guessing after they are laid they get rolled around a bit by the chickens. The poo is easily wiped off with a damp paper towel. Can poo get into the egg?
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  2. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

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    There is a bloom that incases the egg to keep bacteria from entering the egg.. I've had pullets lay in the runs before they really learn what the nestboxes are for..As long as its the same days egg and hasn't set out in the hot sun they are okay to eat...

    I just wash them off if their really dirty and place in the fridge til I'm ready to eat those. All other eggs sit on my kitchen counter in a basket to use and are not washed....
     
  3. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    Nope can't get into the egg. I put my eggs straight into the carton. Don't wash them off until you are ready to use them. It takes off the "bloom" and they go bad quicker.
     
  4. momofchicks

    momofchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:So you don't wash it? How much quicker does it go bad? OH and thank both of you for your quick responses.
     
    Last edited: Sep 24, 2008
  5. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    I'm not sure how much quicker but I have keep fresh eggs out on the counter for a week or longer with no problems whatsoever

    PS do you have enough nestboxes for your hens? Mine were laying everywhere until I put in a few more boxes.
     
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  6. momofchicks

    momofchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    CoyoteMagic - I have 4 boxes and 7 hens. I would say that's plenty of boxes right? The silly girls all want to lay in 1 box. I finally seen a few lay in box 2 and 3 and only 1 egg in a month in box 4. It's like they can't wait any longer for box 1 and just lay on the ground.
     
  7. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    I was going to build these really nice boxes. You know the ones that you can access from the outside, blah, blah blah. My girls decided that they like the nice dark place in a corner under one of the roosts or a 5 gallon bucket, and kitty litter box. Oh well, they saved me money, lol.
     
  8. Jolyn

    Jolyn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:My girls have been laying in a corner too. My dh did build the nice nests that can be accessed from outside but they don't use it.

    I might try using a kitty litter box in that corner though. That way the shavings will stay cleaner i think. All six that are laying use that same corner too.
     
    Last edited: Sep 25, 2008
  9. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    You would think that is plenty of boxes, but these danged hens will lay where they want. We have 6 nesting boxes for 6 hens, so last night what did one do? Layed ON TOP of the nesting boxes. We have straw up there just in case, because we heard chickens will do what they want, and I am thankful we did that.
     

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