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My hens just started laying their eggs this week and I heard that you are not suppose to wash the eggs just wipe them down. Is this true?
 

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If the eggs come from the coop nice and clean, then they don't need cleaned. I keep mine as is, and wash as I put them in the fridge. If I get eggs that are really muddy or crusty etc I wash them. Egg shells are porous and I don't want that leaching into the eggs.

Some say NEVER wash, but I'm not keeping nasty eggs around. I also wash ALL eggs that I sell.
 

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I got so dizzy trying to find the favored answer to this question, that I finally bought egg wash wipes at Tractor Supply. If I am giving someone unwashed eggs I can just give them a wipe in a baggie, and let them do what they want.
Out of six or so dozen eggs I have only had two eggs that needed cleaned off.
If you have not ever seen the suggestion, some use a fingernail or sand paper to remove dirt.
 

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I havent had a need to wash eggs. They lay them in the straw right in the nesting bucket nice and clean already.
 

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If mine are nasty gross, yes ill wash it off with water, but other than that.. nope.. from the butt to the nest, to my hand, to the carton, to market or I use to bake.. lol
 

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I'm of the opinion not to wash. I remember reading somewhere that unwashed eggs will keep longer. (not that they last more than a day or two at our place.)
 

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I believe that if you wash the eggs, the water temp should be no cooler than 20* from the inside temp of the egg. If it is too cool, it will call the pores on the shell to close, drawing the impurities from the outside of the shell inside.

We wash ours after they have been in the fridge a day or too (if they need it at all).
 

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I wash mine, I figure they are always going to have some bacteria on them from the hens stepping in their own poop and in dirt/mud and then stepping on the eggs. I wash under hot, slowly running tap water while scrubbing with a dish brush and dish soap. The cleanest ones just get a quick once-over, the obviously dirtied ones are scrubbed til clean looking.
 

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I don't wash mine because I was told that there is a membrane on the egg itself that helps keep them fresher for longer periods of time. I just brush them off and make sure there is no dirt but other than that, into the crate they go!
 

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i only wash the dirty ones when they need it; but i got some dirty birds... ;) does anyone "bath" their girls when they get dirty? maybe theres another thread for that question :)
 

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I put them in the refrigerator unwashed for a week while they built up a large enough supply. Then I put eggs into cartons after I wash them, but that was when I had a flock of 75. I am now down to 4 hens so I wash and put in a carton as I get them. They all go into a refrigerator to be stored at 40 degree F.
 

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I give soiled eggs a quick once-over with So Clean! washing soda - dry on a clean cloth and directly into the cartons. The last thing I want to do is drop a dirty eggshell into the frying pan :eek:
 

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Never have washed, never will. I have nest boxes that have wood chips in them and they always come out clean. I also provide a separate roosting place to discourage them from pooping in the nest. I have had chickens off and on for 30+ years and have never washed the eggs and have never ever gotten sick. In my opinion, since eggs are porous, they are cleaner if you DON'T wash them. After our divorce my ex's gf used to soak the eggs in a sink full of water all day. The sight of the eggs soaking in poopy water was enough to make me gag! What a waste of good eggs! The chicken provides the egg with the best coating available to protect the egg and keep it clean and germ free. If you put a fresh unwashed egg on the counter it will be perfectly fresh after a month or more.
 

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Nope, we don't wash them til we're ready to use them. I've read that if you don't wash them, they will keep longer, and you can keep them right on the counter (in a cooler spot - not next to the oven, for instance). I put them in a carton as I collect them, and the newest carton is always on the bottom - rotating my stock. Been doing this for a few months, and haven't had a problem yet. When I give away a carton, I choose one with fresher eggs and tell my friends to wash them when they use them. With only 6 chickens and plenty of takers, I don't have enough to sell. I also tell them if they are concerned at all, to place the egg in a glass and fill with water; if it sits at the bottom, it's fine. Bacteria will cause the egg to start filling with air and float - haven't had one do that yet, though.
 

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I wash my eggs under tepid water and use a brush only to lightly get the nesting material off. I use shredded news paper in my nesting boxes, and some times the shredded paper will stick to the eggs. No soap or anything other than water used on them!
 
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