What Diseases is it Possible to Contract From Eggs?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by silkiesrqtpies, Aug 20, 2011.

  1. silkiesrqtpies

    silkiesrqtpies New Egg

    Jul 16, 2011
    My hen laid her first clutch! I'm interested in eating them or giving them to a few people to eat, but I thought I should find out what kind of diseases it is possible for a human to contract from eating a chicken egg. As far as I can tell my chickens are healthy and disease free, but just to be safe I'd like to know what diseases they could have that would be present in their eggs and could infect a human.

    Could anyone help me with this?

  2. dichotomymom

    dichotomymom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 19, 2008
    Dayton Indiana
    Salmonella is really your biggest risk. As always, wash your eggs before giving them to someone else. If they undercook them, that's on them.
  3. fmizula

    fmizula Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 8, 2011
    if you are concerned there are state and federal programs run by the state university that will test a flock free of charge for saminella.

    i would be more concerned what those yucky grocery store eggs have in them!

  4. silkiesrqtpies

    silkiesrqtpies New Egg

    Jul 16, 2011
    Some of the shells have dirt/markings on them that are very tough to clean off without risking damage. Would it be prudent not to consume these eggs, or to what extent should they be cleaned?

    Thanks for the help!
  5. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Quote:If the egg is very badly soiled with poop, I dont waste my time cleaning or washing it off, I toss it in the garbage. This happens very infrequently with my chickens. So far this year I've only tossed about 5 eggs at most. I wash all the eggs with cold water and dry them with a paper towel and then put them in the fridge. Other people might do things differently, just depends what you want to do.
    Food poisoning caused by campylobacter jejuni or the microorganism listeria monocytogenes are passed to humans when eggs are not fully cooked. Salmonella as mentioned. Staph bacteria due to the eggs not kept hot enough or not cold enough. Common sense prevails as with any prepped/cooked foods before and after.
    Last edited: Aug 20, 2011
  6. NonnasBabies

    NonnasBabies Muddy Acre Farms Premium Member

    Sep 20, 2009
    On the Farm!
    To me one of the most important things that you need to do first is collect the eggs daily. That would lesson the chance of any diseases!!

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    Last edited: Aug 20, 2011
  7. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Quote:This is a good common sense husbandry procedure. [​IMG]


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