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Washing eggs?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by HeatherTheMommy, Oct 8, 2015.

  1. HeatherTheMommy

    HeatherTheMommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is my first time owning chickens and they just began to lay. I have read that you shouldn't wash the eggs but they have dirt and poop on them :/ is it ok to rinse them in warm water if i plan to refrigerate them and how long will they last?
     
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    When a hen lays an egg, the last thing she puts on them is a wet layer we call bloom. It quickly dries and forms a barrier that helps prevent bacteria from entering the egg. It’s not perfect but it’s pretty good. A clean egg with the bloom intact can usually set on your kitchen counter for a long time without bacteria getting inside, which is what causes it to go bad.

    For bacteria to multiply the egg needs to be a minimum temperature. The warmer it is the faster the bacteria multiply. An incubated egg is the perfect temperature for bacteria growth but hens can hide a nest and lay eggs for over two weeks, then sit in them for three weeks with bacteria hardly ever getting inside. Ducks and turkeys go longer. That bloom is pretty good.

    If the bloom is not intact, bacteria can enter the egg. If the egg is dirty with poop or dirt, the bloom may not be intact, though minor dirt isn’t that big of a risk. If you wash the egg (warm water as you mentioned is good) or if you scrape or scratch the dirt off, the bloom will probably not be intact.

    In a refrigerator the temperature is well below a good temperature for the bacteria to multiply. Washed eggs will last a long time in the refrigerator before going bad. I can’t give you a specific time they will remain good since conditions vary, but you are generally talking weeks or even months, certainly not days.
     
  3. HeatherTheMommy

    HeatherTheMommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So it is ok to rinse off the eggs before refrigerating? Or should i just wash them right before use? I collected 2 yesterday and put them in the fridge but did not wash them off
     
  4. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    I always wash them. I don't want dirty egg sin the fridge.
     
  5. ChickenMammX4

    ChickenMammX4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Eggs we collect are kept on the counter, any that happen to be dirty are washed and put in the fridge.
     
  6. HeatherTheMommy

    HeatherTheMommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My welsummer is a natural. She just started to lay and has used the nesting box both times. Not sure who i laying the other eggs but i found 3 under the nesting boxes and 1 outside in a hole.
     

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