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Why it's a good idea to wash your poultry eggs!

: News & Articles : Smallholding and Self Sufficiency : Why it's a good idea to wash your poultry eggs!
Posted on: 2015-11-26

The main reason for washing eggs is to improve the hygienic quality of eggs by decreasing the bacterial load on the surface and thereby preventing the infection of the inside.

Normally the unwashed egg shell serves as a good barrier to bacterial contamination and provides an array of antimicrobial properties for the egg. Washing may harm the delicate shell, encourage the propagation of crack sites and eventually bacterial contamination. Sanitising eggs will not prevent egg related diseases caused by microorganisms, such as Salmonella that are already present inside the egg.

The major disadvantage of egg washing is the potential damage to the physical barriers, such as the cuticle, which can occur during or after washing, for instance from incorrect operations, in particular washing eggs in cold water.

Whilst any shell damage should be seen as a disadvantage of washing, it should be balanced against the fact that washed eggs normally have considerably lower microbiological populations on the shell.

The best solution is to prevent dirty eggs in the first place.

1. Keep your nesting boxes clean! a supply of fresh shavings or straw in each box goes a long way in keeping eggs clean.

2. Keep the nesting boxes off the floor of the coop and don't perches have over them. This will discourage them from roosting in and soiling their boxes.

Wet egg washing options:

1. Warm/Hot water. This involves getting your hands dirty either in a bucket and/or put the eggs under an appropriate tap with medium warm water. Just pickup the egg and run it around in your hand, thus cleaning all the droppings and sawdust off gently. This can be followed by using a commercial sanitising spray or a diluted water and bleach spray.

2. Get an automatic egg washer. we recommend the following unit as we have tested them and know how well they work at cleaning your eggs successfully. When using an automatic washer all the sanitising solution is already added at wash time and will not need applying later.

Rotomaid Egg Washing Machine suitable for up to 100 Eggs

Complete setup for cleaning your eggs, including thermostatically controlled bucket, motorised base and egg basket.

To operate:

  • Fill the rotomaid bucket with clean water.
  • Turn on the Rotomaid machine and set temperature on the thermostat.
  • Once the Rotomaid is up to the correct temperature place 1 scoop of egg wash powder into the water.
  • Place eggs into the basket and then into the machine.
  • Turn on the base unit and wait till the eggs are cleaned.

Rotomaid Egg Washing Machine up to 100 Eggs
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