Cleaning eggs?

Discussion in 'Egg Quality & Storage' started by amandahalterman, Oct 3, 2012.

  1. amandahalterman

    amandahalterman Junior Member

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    I've had my chickens since feb of last yr, I always brought the eggs in an washed them with Alittle hand soap I keep on my sink, then put them in the fridge, mostly to make sure there clean cuz my husband has cancer and I just want to make sure everything is clean so he don't get sick,
    But my friend who also got chickens told me not to clean the eggs
    So now I don't know what I should do, I just don't feel right putting eggs in my fridge that could have poo on them, or germs on the Shell
    If anyone can give me advice I would appreciate it, thanks
     
  2. cogburn

    cogburn New Member

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    I don't wash my eggs, I use a dry brush to remove any solids. The hens put a coating on the egg called the bloom, it is a natural barrier to prevent any bacteria from penetrating the shell. An eggshell is porous like a sponge, without the bloom the eggs will absorb anything from odors in your fridge, to even the soap you use to wash them with.
     

  3. Sundancers

    Sundancers New Member

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    cogburn and the friend, are right ...

    We never wash eggs here.
     
  4. kimberley

    kimberley New Member

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    I work at a hospital and we were told to never wash eggs because of the natural protection thats on them. Just wash hands real well after handling them.
     
  5. redmaples

    redmaples Junior Member

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    You can wash eggs. it takes off the natural protection but they are fine it shortens the shelf life a little but they are OK. I personally never use soap or any chemicals and I only wash the eggs if they are really bad and I always wash eggs that are getting sold!

    1. after removing them from the nest, chill them overnight in the fridge
    2. under warm running water about 100*F rinse the eggs and use a soft brush if ness. to remove any nasties.
    3. place them on a rack to air dry. when they are dry put them in a carton.

    The reason for cooling first them washing with warm water is that the egg temp is cold and warming with the water this will expand the insides of the egg at a low rate thus pushing out any water that might be in the pores of the shell. just the opposite if you wash a warm egg the insides are contracting possibly sucking in anything in liquid form back into the egg and possibly contaminating it.
     
  6. benjesse

    benjesse Junior Member

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    We don't wash or refrigerate. They stay in a basket on the counter, and if dirty get a quick rinse right before use. If they are wicked dirty right from the coop a stiff brush to remove solids works fine.
     
  7. kiwicsi

    kiwicsi Junior Member

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    Does anyone here apply a light coat of vegetable oil to their eggs before storing?
     
  8. patlet

    patlet New Member

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    If we have a stain to get off an egg, we simply use a damp clean cloth. Removing the natural egg coating severely shortens shelf life. Once that bloom is gone, the eggshell natural defenses are too. Only the porous calcium remains opening the egg to all sorts of fun things, like salmonella. A natural, infertile egg can last a week on you kitchen counter but refrigeration is the best storage for any egg.
     
  9. Italy-Dan

    Italy-Dan New Member

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    I add vinegar in the water that the chickens drink in order to have clean eggs.
    Vinegar helps their gut.I hope might help you.. :)
     
  10. hillbillyman

    hillbillyman New Member

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    What kind of vinegar? Apple cider or white?
     
  11. Sundancers

    Sundancers New Member

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    True Apple cider vinegar with the mother ... (IMO)
     
  12. Italy-Dan

    Italy-Dan New Member

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    I use white vinegar
     
  13. Sundancers

    Sundancers New Member

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    I use white for cleaning but when it come to the health benefits, I go with ACV. I'm glad the white works for you, good to know. (Thanks)
     
  14. Italy-Dan

    Italy-Dan New Member

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    Hi Sundancers can I ask you what means "the mother" in the phrase "True Apple cider vinegar with the mother"?
     
  15. Sundancers

    Sundancers New Member

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    Natural unpasteurized acv (raw) when you hold the acv to light you should see a formation of cob-web like substance floating in it, this substances is called the “mother”.

    When comparing it to the supermarkets distilled acv, which is a bright color and free from the cob- web floating substances. Distilled acv destroys the “mother” substance-that contains nutritional health values.


    Hope this helps. :)
     
  16. Italy-Dan

    Italy-Dan New Member

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    Ah ok ok :) I understand. Thank you
     
  17. desedar

    desedar New Member

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    i don't wash my eggs . wash rite before use if you want.
     
  18. desedar

    desedar New Member

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    I really don't understand how to introduce my self the furom is a bit complicated. I have been raising chickens for under a year now.I raise Black Copper Maran's. i have some blur splash, weaton, blue,and wellsummer's and of course Black Copper Maran. I sell chicks and hatching eggs locally. haven't tried mail order yet seems counter productive to me..plus I like getting to know the folks who buy my chickens. i keep in touch with everyone of them via email.I hatched and sold 50 the first season. I have 31 eggs in the incubator ,now hoping for a good late hatch. to build a flock of pullets for spring sales. i sell to defray feed cost and to fund projects like new coops .
     
  19. Energyvet

    Energyvet New Member

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    Welcome deseder. Hello from NJ.
     
  20. Lady_Alia

    Lady_Alia New Member

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    Hello from Indiana! Where do you live?