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Soaking eggs to clean them?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by michrocks, Apr 23, 2016.

  1. michrocks

    michrocks New Egg

    Aug 2, 2015
    A customer at the place where I work came in yesterday and we were chatting. She said she had around 200 hens and instead of washing the eggs, she soaks them for at least 24 hours so the dirt and manure falls right off them without any scrubbing or effort on her part. I don't wash my eggs unless I absolutely have to because of dried on dirties that won't come off with a swipe of a nylon scrubber. Now, mind you, I only have 10 laying hens so I'm only dealing with about 8 eggs per day, but soaking them for over 24 hours?? In dirt and manure water??? That totally grossed me out and I just imagined bacteria being able to permeate the soaked shells. That can't be good practice, can it?
  2. Folly's place

    Folly's place Overrun With Chickens

    Sep 13, 2011
    southern Michigan
    Sounds bad to me too. Mary
  3. kingkoopa

    kingkoopa Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 17, 2016
    Nasty just keep doing what your doing
  4. michrocks

    michrocks New Egg

    Aug 2, 2015
    Trust me, I have NO intentions of soaking my eggs! I don't want to make anyone sick.
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    24 hours soaking sounds really bad for sure...ewwww!

    Dry scrubbing/cleaning gives me the willies too tho....it can compromise the bloom and doesn't necessarily get all the 'dirt' off, could just grind it into the pores.

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