Cleaning Chicken Eggs

The Hens and a Rooster
The Hens, a Rooster and a Duck

Right now I have only 8 laying hens. With those 8 hens I am getting about 2 ½ to 3 dozen eggs a week, which works out to about each hen laying 4 eggs a week. I think this is good since we are in the middle of our winter season.
Collected Chicken Eggs

After I collect my eggs, I like to immediately clean them. First, I rinse them off in hot water with a bit of dish detergent to remove any obvious dirt and debris. Notice I said I wash them off using a continuous flow of water from my tap. I do not allow them to stand or soak in water. Next, I dip them in hot water with a bit of bleach (about 1 tablespoon of bleach per gallon of water) to sanitize them. Then, I set them out on a kitchen towel to dry. Finally, I place them in an egg carton and put them in the refrigerator. I have found out through my own experiences that eggs can keep in the refrigerator up to a month and sometimes longer.
Drying Eggs


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