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Preparing Eggs for Consumption


You have spent weeks nurturing and caring for your chicks and finally your feathered friends are rewarding you with eggs! Fresh eggs are so much more delicious and nutritious than store bought eggs. What is the best way to make sure that you get the most eggs and maintain the best quality for consumption? Most importantly, managing a happy and healthy flock will ensure that you get the best eggs possible. Also, learn the best ways to collect, wash and store eggs to make sure that your eggs are perfect for eating. The experts at Southern States have a few tips to help you get the job done.

Collecting Eggs

Eggs should be gathered at least twice a day. The longer they stay in the chicken house the greater the chance they become broken or contaminated. It is recommended that you gather eggs a third time late in the day when the temperatures are extreme - hot or cold. This helps ensure the quality of the eggs. Toss out the eggs with cracked or broken shells.

Cleaning Eggs

Eggs are actually very clean, but can get dirty while in the chicken house before you collect them. Dirty eggs can be a health hazard, so it might be necessary to clean your eggs before storing them. Egg shells have a natural coating, called a "bloom", that acts as a barrier against bacteria. You want to avoid washing the eggs, if possible, because that can damage the natural sealant on the eggs. If you see something noticeable on the egg, try to wipe it off with a dry, slightly abrasive cloth.

If your eggs are really dirty, you may need to do more than just wipe them off. You can rinse the eggs in warm water from the faucet, but don't use soap of any kind and do not immerse them in water. Washing eggs in cold water can adversely impact their quality. Cold water causes the interior of the egg to shrink and both water and bacteria can be absorbed into the egg.

Sizing and Grading Eggs

Sizing and grading your eggs is a must if you plan on selling them. It is also a good idea if you are using them for personal consumption. Sizing eggs helps to sort eggs and keep like sizes together. This is advantageous when using eggs for cooking. Grading eggs helps you to separate the best ones for eating from lesser quality eggs better used for baking.

You can use an egg candler to determine the condition of the inside of the egg - an egg's air cell, yolk, and white. Candling detects imperfections such as blood spots, bloody whites and meat spots. A candler is most often used when hatching eggs. It can distinguish the fertilized eggs from the unfertilized eggs and monitor the quality of the fertilized eggs while incubating. Click here to read more about sizing and grading eggs.

Storing Eggs

After you have collected, cleaned and sorted your eggs, you need to store them. Pack into egg cartons and place them in the main section of the refrigerator. Make sure your eggs are completely dry before putting them in the refrigerator. Always mark the carton with the collection date. If stored properly, eggs will have a shelf life of one month.

Happy, healthy chickens will provide you with lots of delicious eggs. Look for all the poultry supplies you need for managing your flock and preparing eggs for consumption at your local Southern States.

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