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can you wash eggs before selling them.
#16
[quote name='bantamgirl']Theoretically you shouldn't need to wash them but life just isn't like that, particularly if your hens are free ranging in all the mud we're surrounded by at the moment. I give mine a quick wipe if there is anything obvious on them and I'm going to be giving them away, otherwise I don't bother.[/QUOTE]



Ditto. My eggs were always clean in the summer and they don't sleep in the same coop as where they lay the eggs so I know it's not poop - just mud.
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#17
I usually don't wash the eggs I put in my honesty box. I tend to keep the dirty eggs for my own use!:001_unsure:
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#18
Mine are filthy with Mud! I don't wash them because I don't want to remove the Bloom. Helps stop the Bacteria seeping through the shells. I advise my Customers just to wash them prior to usage
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#19
you should never wash eggs the shells are porous and when laid they are covered with an invisible membrane put there by nature to protect the embryo from nasties, if you remove that the porous shell can contract all sorts.
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#20
I work at an organic hen farm, and I wash the eggs in an egg washer, which is warm water in a big bucket, that shakes the eggs from side to side, so I don't think water does too much damage
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#21
[quote name='Melissa']I work at an organic hen farm, and I wash the eggs in an egg washer, which is warm water in a big bucket, that shakes the eggs from side to side, so I don't think water does too much damage[/QUOTE]



Interesting - thanks.
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#22
[quote name='Melissa']I work at an organic hen farm, and I wash the eggs in an egg washer, which is warm water in a big bucket, that shakes the eggs from side to side, so I don't think water does too much damage[/QUOTE



Who advised you to do this? Do you use a sanitiser?
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#23
Yes, I too use egg wash, which is effectively an anti-bacterial incubator cleaner that is more diluted down for this use.



I wouldn't want to pass on dirty eggs to my friends in case faecal matter from the egg left traces around their kitchen. Thinking out loud though, if the shells are porous surely leaving faecal bacterial matter on the shell must be worse for the egg in the long run?



The bacteria would multiply quickly at room temperature, and eventually invade the shell at some point surely?



Wiping the egg with warm water would just aid in the bacterial production and help it through the porous shell without the anti-bacterial agent?



Just throwing some ideas in to the thread.
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#24
Hi Guys - found this link which discusses the same. Hope it helps to clarify whats been said already.



http://www.cfs.gov.hk/english/multimedia...29_01.html
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#25
Well done Clucky Chookie excellent info on the link supplied!
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#26
That's very interesting
It never worries me when I get a little lost, all I do is change where I'm going
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#27
.......After washing, the eggs are dried immediately. In some cases, the eggs may be sprayed with a layer of mineral oil to replace the original cuticle that may be lost during washing.

Looks like a spray of wd40 might come in use.
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#28
[quote name='eggy' date='13 February 2010 - 07:49 PM' timestamp='1266090544' post='178830']



Looks like a spray of wd40 might come in use.

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Reckon it might stop the eggs from creaking/squeaking? <img src='http://poultrychat.com/oldforumIcons/style_emoticons/default/laugh.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':lol:' />
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#29
I have always cleaned my egg in warm water and then dip them in slighty warmer water. I read this on a page on the internet and I have used this prosess for the last 3 years and I have never had a problem. I hope this help anyone. Out there!!!
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#30
Having just read the thread and also the advice contained in the link, just wanted to ask - does anyone else use soft-shelled eggs?



I do if I get one and it's OK and clean; but obviously a lot more susceptible to nasties which is something I hadn't considered. Ought to be OK cooked, though? What do you think?
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