Do you wash your eggs prior to storing?

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Do you wash your eggs prior to storing?

Postby lifeflower » 19 Mar 2015, 10:00

Hi all - I have heard that washing eggs before storing them is not a good idea because you risk removing the natural protective coat. However, given that eggs can often have chicken poop somewhere on them - how else do you get rid of this if not to wash it?

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Re: Do you wash your eggs prior to storing?

Postby MrsMopp » 19 Mar 2015, 10:10

Well I never wash my eggs prior to storing as you are right, it can remove the protective coating, allowing bacteria in. Its quite easy to avoid having dirty eggs by a)not allowing hens to sleep in the nest box b)changing/turning the nesting material and other bedding material regularly and c) checking for eggs and removing them regularly, I do mine several times a day. If I have a bit of dirt on the egg I will remove just prior to use with a damp cloth.

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Re: Do you wash your eggs prior to storing?

Postby subruss » 19 Mar 2015, 10:40

If you do need to wash a dirty egg just use a soft damp cloth and don't scrub or use anything abrasive :thumbright:

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Re: Do you wash your eggs prior to storing?

Postby ladyplumber » 19 Mar 2015, 23:51

I just wipe mine prior to selling :)
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Re: Do you wash your eggs prior to storing?

Postby brooksidepoultry » 20 Mar 2015, 13:40

if their for eating yes, for hatching no, unless the waterfowl eggs have a nice clump of muck on them, then they get a gentle wipe x
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Re: Do you wash your eggs prior to storing?

Postby drfish » 20 Mar 2015, 14:33

It's not so much of an issue with WF eggs anyway as they are naturally a lot less permeable than chicken eggs. After all, mother duck doesn't give herself a rub down with a towel before she sits on them again ;)
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