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What to do with the first egg...

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by SarahKate, Aug 23, 2011.

  1. SarahKate

    SarahKate In the Brooder

    Jun 30, 2011
    Rockvale, TN
    Hi there!!! Woke up this morning to a VERY happy surprise! My Red Star laid her very first egg! We weren't sure it was ever going to happen. [​IMG]

    Now I've got a whole slew of questions that I don't know the answers to. [​IMG]

    Do I wash the egg? It has some sort of mucus-type substance on the outside. Does this happen only with the first few eggs, or is that substance on them every time?

    Also, do I refrigerate it if we don't plan on eating it today?

    And finally, CAN we eat it? I think I heard from someone that they never eat the first couple eggs, but that seems like a waste to me!

    Anyways, thanks for the help, ya'll! We are so excited!!! [​IMG]

  2. mr1103

    mr1103 Hatching

    Aug 23, 2011
    congrats on your first egg iam still waiting on my first hope you have many many more and the mucus on the egg and i heard its on all eggs and wash it if its dirty that what i was told godd luck
  3. Chicky Monkey

    Chicky Monkey Chirping

    May 18, 2011
    My 8 y.o. grandson and I made a big production out of our first egg.....we looked it over, discussed its qualities, the 'wonders' of eggs, health benefits...then cooked it together and ate it together! I wipe my eggs off with a paper towel & tepid water and dry them with a dry paper towel. If they are completely clean fresh out of the nest, I don't clean them at all...just inspect them for cracks. But I'm new to this, so listen to what the more experienced poutry-people have to say!
  4. GoldDogsMom

    GoldDogsMom Songster

    Aug 10, 2011
    Indiana, PA
    Congratulations on your first egg!

    It sounds like you collected the egg right after she laid it. Normally you don't need to wash your eggs, there is a protective bloom on eggs to naturally prevent bacteria. If you do wash your eggs you will need to refrigerate them as you will have washed the bloom off.

    I started eating the eggs as soon as the girls started laying and I only rinse the eggs with tepid water if there is visible dirt/poo on them but I do store mine in the refrigerator.

    Hope this helps!
  5. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Crowing Premium Member

    We wash eggs because we have fussy customers who insist on it. It isn't necessary, nor is refrigeration, although many folks do.

    We eat every first egg.
  6. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    That "mucous" is the "bloom" which seals the egg against bacteria, and usually dries within a minute or so.

    First eggs are fine to eat. I blow out the shells, scramble the eggs (save 'em up for a couple days), and save the intact shell for posterity.

    I leave eggs on the kitchen counter, in cartons, for WEEKS. They'll be fine. They'll last longer in the fridge, if you are bothered by the idea of leaving therm out....
  7. yesfantina

    yesfantina In the Brooder

    Apr 16, 2011
    How old is she, Sarah?

    (awaiting our first eggs from our 16 week old red stars...)

  8. SarahKate

    SarahKate In the Brooder

    Jun 30, 2011
    Rockvale, TN
    Quote:I am a complete newbie. What does the term "blow out the shells" mean? I'd love to be able to save it!!
  9. SarahKate

    SarahKate In the Brooder

    Jun 30, 2011
    Rockvale, TN
    Quote:She is about 23 weeks old. The lady who I bought them from, the Red Stars she kept started laying at 22 weeks, so I guess maybe that is standard?

    Thanks to all of you for the congratulations! I do feel like celebrating!! [​IMG]
  10. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Quote:I am a complete newbie. What does the term "blow out the shells" mean? I'd love to be able to save it!!

    Using something sharp like a skewer, puncture a small hole in the small end of the egg, all the way through the membrane. Puncture a slightly larger hole in the other end of the egg, also through the membrane.

    Put your mouth to the small end hole and blow into the egg really hard, over a bowl to catch the insides. There will be a bit that is harder to expel than the rest of the white and yolk, so that's why you have to blow hard.

    Then, once the shell is empty, rinse it out and let it dry.

    Cook up the egg "insides" as if you cracked the egg and broke the yolk, whatever way you would normally do so.
    Last edited: Aug 23, 2011

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