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Washing Eggs...

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by ok2moss, Mar 1, 2009.

  1. ok2moss

    ok2moss New Egg

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    Okay - here is my problem. My ladies' eggs get really nasty when it rains a lot here. I've heard not to use hot water - and not to use cold water. I've heard use vinegar... Does anyone know what to use that is the best way to clean them? Thanks for any info...
     
  2. digginchicks

    digginchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a neighbor that is an older lady and she used to have chickens out the wazoo lol. She told me that the only think I needed to use on eggs would be cold water and the occational wash cloth? I would get some more input on this though before you go listening to me cause I'm not sure.
     
  3. Snakeoil

    Snakeoil Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You should never wash eggs your going to hatch, ever, if there too dirty don't set that egg get a clean one.
     
  4. ok2moss

    ok2moss New Egg

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    :/Sorry I didn't clerify - eggs to eat, not to hatch.
     
  5. digitS'

    digitS' Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here's some guidance from the poultry specialists at the Univ. of Nebraska on washing eggs.

    http://www.ianrpubs.unl.edu/epublic/pages/publicationD.jsp?publicationId=798

    You gotta read the important stuff between the photo's of some very dirty eggs.

    Here's what I got out of it: "Dirty eggs should be washed in water that is at least 20°F (11°C) warmer than the eggs. A good water temperature is 90-120°F (32.2-49°C), or as hot as the hands can tolerate for about 30 seconds or until the egg has been cleaned. This is so the contents of the egg will expand and “push” out any invading microbes.

    It is recommended to use a nonfoaming, unscented detergent . . ."

    Hope that helps [​IMG].

    Steve
     
  6. dancingbear

    dancingbear Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes. What he said. I get icky eggs in icky weather, too. I wash all my eggs. (unless I'm collecting eggs to hatch) I've done it for years. They keep just fine.

    I use hot water and dish soap. I make the wash water a little cooler than the rinse water, but both are at least 20F warmer than the eggs, quite a bit more, I'd say. I don't want icky eggs in my fridge, and I know my customers don't want icky eggs.

    Some say they throw away all the dirty ones. I'd be wasting a lot of perfectly good eggs if I did that. So I wash them instead. We've never had a problem with anybody getting sick from our eggs.
     
  7. jvls1942

    jvls1942 Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:my wife washes every egg with a paper towel.. if I want to hatch any, I have to tie her hands behind her back..

    throw them away !!?? not at this house.. what is the thought process behind that? Youmade that one up, didn't you?[​IMG]
     
  8. dancingbear

    dancingbear Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No, really, people say that, right here on BYC! [​IMG]:th Search and read other egg-washing threads, there's almost always a few who say that.

    Silly rabbits. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  9. jvls1942

    jvls1942 Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:No thanks, I will take your word for it.. I deal with kinky people every day, I don't have to go looking for them.. [​IMG]
     
  10. skeeter

    skeeter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yep, wash with hot water,please dont put chicken poo in your fridge thats just dumb
     

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