Warm water to wash eggs? Why?

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

  1. msgenie516

    msgenie516 The Happy Hen

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    Hi,

    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 Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    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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