Washing eggs?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by annaraven, Oct 8, 2010.

  1. annaraven

    annaraven Born this way

    Apr 15, 2010
    SillyCon Valley
    Buffy, my Buff Orpington, started laying yesterday. Got my second egg this morning. She lays in the nesting box and everything, sometime after 9:00am (I checked this morning about 9).

    Here's a pic:

    And compared to a commercial Large egg:
    I'm wondering - do ya'll wash the eggs before putting them in the fridge? If so, do you just rinse them with water, or do you use a soap of any kind?
  2. GoldenCometLover

    GoldenCometLover Chirping

    Sep 23, 2010
    Freeville, NY
    [​IMG] What's up with the purple and blue eggs? Where'd u find those?
  3. churchx3

    churchx3 Songster

    Mar 30, 2010
    IF mine have any dirt or poo on them (which is very rare) I use a moist papertowel to rub off the dirt. Other then that reason, I do not wash my eggs. The bloom that is on the eggs when laid provide a barrier against germs, etc.
  4. bburn

    bburn Songster

    Jul 9, 2010
    Delaware, Arkansas
    And since she asked and I wanted to know too I am going to throw another one out there. Do you keep them in the fridge?
  5. suzettex5

    suzettex5 Songster

    May 26, 2009
    There is no need to wash an egg if it is not covered in mud or poo. An egg is layed with a protective film, called the 'Bloom',which helps to keep bacteria out of the egg. Washing an egg removes the bloom, and potentially pushes bacteria on the shell INTO the egg, as shells are porous to allow evaporation during incubation.

    If you choose or need to wah an egg, it is recomended to rinse it with warm water (warmer or as warm as, the egg) and gently rub or scrape any debris off. Hard scrubbing is not reccomended.

    I never wash mine, if they are really gross, I scramble them for my hens, if theyre just kinda gunky, I scrape it off with a fingernail or soft toothbrush, and toss it in the fridge.

    Congrats on the egg, btw, its gorgeous!! How bout posting some pics of the proud hen? [​IMG]

    ETA- you dont have to refidgerate fresh eggs right away, or at all, depending on how long they sit before use. There was a day when there was no refrigeration, and folks just kept their eggs in a basket on the counter. I think they stay edible up to 2 weeks, but I'm not 100% on the time frame.
    Last edited: Oct 8, 2010
  6. OregonChickenGal

    OregonChickenGal Songster

    Jul 26, 2010
    Central Oregon
    Quote:Looks like someone got out the Easter Egg dye. lol
    Last edited: Oct 8, 2010
  7. PunkinPeep

    PunkinPeep Songster

    Mar 31, 2009
    SouthEast Texas
    If mine are messy, i set them aside in a basket on my counter, and i wash them in very warm water right before i use them. This supposedly pushes the germs out when the egg expands (as opposed to washing in cold water, which would do the opposite). Other than that, i never wash an egg, and i don't sell any eggs that have been or need to be washed.
  8. alaskachick

    alaskachick Songster

    Jun 13, 2010
    Wasilla, Alaska
    I wash them with a damp towel, but I do not scubb them.
  9. annaraven

    annaraven Born this way

    Apr 15, 2010
    SillyCon Valley
    Quote:They're not really that color - they're actually white and light-brown. Wierd that it shows up like that.
  10. annaraven

    annaraven Born this way

    Apr 15, 2010
    SillyCon Valley
    Thanks for the info on "bloom". I didn't know about that. Good info!

    Here's another pic of the egg:

    And here's Buffy the egglayer and her younger compatriots playing in the side yard:

    Last edited: Oct 8, 2010

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