Should I wash a dirty egg?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by K-Chick, Mar 8, 2009.

  1. K-Chick

    K-Chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 25, 2009
    NW In
    I want to sell my eggs and I've heard that if I wash them they may get bacteria in them. If I was them, how long can I keep them? If I keep them 3 days and my customer keeps them 1 to 2 weeks will they still be ok?
  2. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

    Nov 23, 2008
    Madisonville, TN
    Mine are. Ive keep some after washing around 3 weeks.
  3. digginchicks

    digginchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 15, 2009
    Sullivan, Indiana
    wash em. I'm sure your customers dont want nasty eggs [​IMG]
  4. amysue2012

    amysue2012 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 6, 2007
    Montpelier Ohio
    I've always washed my dirty eggs in luke warm water no soap. And used them several weeks, probably even a couple months (for the ones that get pushed to the back of the fridge) and have never had any problems.
  5. lilbreeches

    lilbreeches Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 13, 2009
    Delight, AR
    i have only been told not to wash if you are going to incubate and hatch the eggs. i always wash my eatin ones. [​IMG]
  6. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

    Nov 23, 2008
    Madisonville, TN
    Quote:Ditto, I dont wash my hatching eggs just my eating eggs. [​IMG]
  7. freddy22

    freddy22 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 2, 2008
    i wash mine that i sell, but i make sure that the water is about the same temp as the egg....if you get the water to hot when you wash them, the pores will expand, allowing bacteria to get in......i know bacteria gets in regardless but this helps i think.
  8. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    I don't wash mine. I tell my customers that they come straight from the hen house to the egg carton and if I wash them they will go bad faster. I explain about "bloom" and all that. They don't seem to mind once I tell them why.

    PS--I have 2 customers who always remind me that my eggs don't have time to go old at their houses!! They go through 2 dozen a week!
    Last edited: Mar 8, 2009
  9. erijn5

    erijn5 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 8, 2008
    South Central IL
    I wash my eggs before I sell them, but if I know that people aren't going to be here for a couple of days I just wait and wash them before they get here...So I have heard for a couple of people, so not sure if it true, but I hear that if you don't wash them, but keep them in the fridge they can last a yr. without going bad........ [​IMG]

    I'm not sure of this, and I'm not going to try it, but that is what I've heard.. I sell out of mine as fast as I get them in.. [​IMG]
  10. minifarm8

    minifarm8 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 2, 2008
    Hagerstown, MD
    I only wash the really dirty ones with warm water. Luckily, we don't have very many of those. Usually wash them right before selling or using.

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