Warm water to wash eggs? Why?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by msgenie516, Feb 5, 2009.

  1. msgenie516

    msgenie516 The Happy Hen

    May 16, 2008
    Nesconset, LI, NY

    I know that the majority opinion is not to wash the eggs before refrigerating them. However, I have read that if one must wash an egg because it is unusually soiled, warm water should be used.

    Since most people on this forum have more experience than I do, I have been blindly following this advice. But I am wondering, WHY should eggs be washed in warm water? There probably is an answer somewhere but I haven't been able to find it.

    Thanks for your help! Genie
  2. CovenantCreek

    CovenantCreek Chicks Rule!

    Oct 19, 2007
    Franklin, TN
    According to what I read in Storey's Guide to Raising Chickens, it's to keep the pores closed so that bacteria doesn't get into the egg.
  3. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    CC is correct.

    Water temperatures lower than the egg temp will cause bacteria on the outer shell to be pulled into the egg.

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