How to Collect, Clean & Store Eggs

In today’s world, chickens are being raised in cities, suburbs and in the country. While people have been raising chickens for as long as we can remember, the question on how to collect, clean and store eggs is still being asked. To help you with a healthy egg collection, here are a few tips and tricks.
 
Collecting eggs from your chickens should be a daily task during peak-egg season, which is spring through fall. If you can, twice a day is even better. The longer your eggs sit in the nesting boxes, the higher chance you have for broken eggs or manure covered eggs. One way to minimize those two problems is to encourage your hens to sleep somewhere other than their nesting boxes. The best way to encourage them out of their nesting boxes is to place a perch above the box. Chickens prefer to sleep on perches but if there isn’t any available, they will stay in their boxes.
 


Now that you’ve collected your eggs, how do you clean them? How you plan on storing your eggs will determine how you clean your eggs. When eggs are laid they have a layer called ‘Bloom’ on them. This is a protective protein layer that is put on the egg as it leaves the chicken. You can wipe your eggs clean with a dry cloth and keep them unrefrigerated, but if you wash the eggs at all, you should assume the Bloom has been removed and the eggs should be refrigerated. If you’ve chosen to wash and refrigerate your eggs, using our Manna Pro Egg Cleanser will help get your eggs sparkly clean.

 
Whether you store your eggs in the refrigerator or not, keeping them in egg cartons,an egg basket, or an egg skelter provides protection from broken eggs. Your eggs will stay fresh for up to 4 weeks when stored in the fridge. If you’ve chosen the keep them unrefrigerated, they will stay fresh for 2 to 3 weeks stored in a cool, dry location.
 
If you have eggs stored that you are questioning the freshness of, there is a way to test your eggs for freshness. Simply fill a bowl with water at least 3 inches deep and place your eggs in the water. If your eggs sink to the bottom and lay on their side, they are fresh and good to eat. A bad egg will float due to a large air pocket that develops in them over time. Any floating eggs should be thrown away.
 
Incubating your own eggs is a great way to add to your flock. Hatching your own chicks opens all kinds of possibilities regarding breeds, color variations and mixed breeds for your flock. While your eggs are incubating, you can check your eggs for development using an egg candler. Hatching your eggs at home adds tons of fun for the whole family and a great learning experience for your kids!
 
Now that your eggs are collected, cleaned, and stored, you and your family have a great supply of eggs to eat or to share with your family and friends. If you are considering selling your eggs for a profit, check with your local extension office for any rules or regulations that need to be followed. Using egg cartons when selling your eggs will give them a layer of protection preventing any broken or damaged eggs.