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When do you wash the eggs?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Aspen47591, Aug 14, 2008.

  1. Aspen47591

    Aspen47591 In the Brooder

    Apr 1, 2008
    Do you wash the eggs when you bring them in? Before you use them? What do you use to wash them?

    I read that you can force bacteria through the shells if washed to forcefully.

    What's the scoop, gang?
  2. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

    Sep 25, 2007
    I don't wash mine unless they are pretty dirty; they are laid with a very thin layer on them called bloom. The bloom seals the pores of the egg, thus not allowing bacteria in. If you wash them, you wash the bloom off and definitely CAN introduce bacteria into the egg. If they are dirty enough that they need to be washed, run your water until it is warmer than the egg is, but not too hot!! The bloom also helps keep eggs fresh longer. Enjoy!
  3. keljonma

    keljonma Songster

    Feb 12, 2007
    8A East Texas
    We never wash our eggs. If you do, it removes the bloom, which protects the egg. I've read that if you have to wash the eggs, you should lightly oil them with veggie oil and wipe it dry with a paper towel.
    Last edited: Aug 14, 2008
  4. fullhouse

    fullhouse Songster

    Apr 14, 2008
    I don't unless they are soiled and then right before use. I use water and a towel.
  5. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

    Oct 13, 2007
    I don't wash em.....
  6. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

    Apr 20, 2008
    Birnamwood, Wisconsin
    I have always only rinsed mine well under warm water and wiped them with paper towel right before cooking them. I would never wash mine before storing them.
  7. I don't wash mine until I start to use them, and I tell whoever buys my eggs that I don't wash them so they stay fresh longer.So far no complaints. marrie
  8. chickenbike

    chickenbike Songster

    Good question, and glad someone asked it! I'm expecting my girls to start laying at the end of September.....now I'll know not to wash the eggs.

    I love this site for such great, friendly advice!!! [​IMG]
  9. Quote:Ditto...
  10. zippychickens

    zippychickens Songster

    Mar 22, 2008
    N. CA
    If you wash them, how long will they last? Can eggs sit in the fridge for a month or only a couple of weeks?

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