To wash or NOT to wash

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Cindychlvr, Feb 12, 2011.

  1. Cindychlvr

    Cindychlvr Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 16, 2011
    Not exactly clear to me. Should I wash eggs before storage or not. Different sources have had differing opinions. "Raising Chickens for Dummies" seems to indicate to always wash eggs before storing. Another source recommended washing just before use as to not remove the natural protective coating, therefore, reducing the potential for harmful bacteria to get inside the egg. It seems obvious to clean a visibly soiled egg carefully before storage but what about a clean-looking egg?? I know not use too much perfumed soap and watch the water temp. Any other hints??
  2. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Since 90% of our eggs get sold to customers within 3 days, I wash eggs. None of my customers would accept a dirty egg. They are conditioned by the supermarkets who only sell spotlessly clean eggs.
    I use no soap, only very hot running water. This is suggested by most State Ag Universities.
  3. Pagan Prince

    Pagan Prince Chillin' With My Peeps

    Blimey .... My "Egg suporters" ... customers love a little smudge of dirt to prove it's freerange. lol. I wipe with a damp cloth. No heat and definatley NO chemicals.... The eggs are porose after all.

    No dead customers yet, or near death experiences for me either.

    I will follow this by saying that the nest boxes are regularly cleaned and a salt based anti bacterial used when I cleaning. (That covers all the bugs) They only tend to be dirty when it's been raining a lot or the rare accident. We can get a bit Phobic about bugs sometimes and over do things imho.
  4. clairabean

    clairabean Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 7, 2010
    Kootenays of BC!
    Ahhh, the eternal debate.[​IMG]

    Personally I wash the eggs- plain running water. They are either sold or eaten withen days, so no worries about keeping the bloom on.
  5. obaan1

    obaan1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 9, 2010
    Great Lakes State
    "To wash or not to wash, that is the question."
    Do what is right for you. The hens won't care.
  6. QuinnP

    QuinnP Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 26, 2010
    I have to wipe Arlo's butt for him because he is spraddled & cant stand up. He hates it
  7. cochicks

    cochicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 25, 2010
    Colorado Springs
    I put them in the fridge pointy side down straight out of the coop. I wash with warm water right before use. I do not sell eggs yet (not enough to go around), but I think I would have to wash if I did.
  8. Pagan Prince

    Pagan Prince Chillin' With My Peeps

    Why put them in the fridge ? Do you keep them long ? They're beter for baking after a day or two at room temp [​IMG]
  9. flowerchild59

    flowerchild59 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 25, 2010
    Southern IL
    I know inheirently that they store better if they are not washed, but I don't want to gross out my customers by having a smudge on the egg. I quickly as possible wash them in very hot water then place on a drying rack (like a cake cooling rack) to dry then stored in refrigerator.
    I have a few pullet size eggs and buttercup eggs that are on the smallish size compared to the brown egg layers. I don't wash those, and keep a couple on the counter for my own use.
    If I get a disgustingly poopy or cracked egg, I have a carton in the fridge marked "broken" that I wait til I have a dozen, then I hardboil them, smash them and feed them back to the girls.
  10. PipiOli

    PipiOli Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 15, 2011
    Quote:Why pointy side down?

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