Show and Tell @ Mike and Molly’s House | The Chicken & the Egg

I was reading my Backyard Poultry Magazine this week and stopped dead when I saw this picture:

Diagram for building a chicken egg cleaner

Diagram for building a chicken egg cleaner

To say this picture was the answers to all of my dreams would have been an understatement.  Why?  I have a lot of eggs to clean.  A LOT!!

Dang dirty eggs!!

Dang dirty eggs!!

Check the article out in it’s entirety here.  It’s about a contest where a group of kids from the ages of 9-14 yrs old have to solve a problem.  These kids took on the task of how to clean an egg properly.  They had to learn about the egg and the protective ‘bloom’ that is on it, egg contamination and how using harsh chemicals to clean the egg can get inside.  And you thought cleaning an egg was easy! HA!

Today is egg cleaning day.  I do it once a week.  It used to be one of the kids’ chores but…somehow…someway…it’s not.

Our ducks are the dirty culprits.  The love to dirty their eggs.  I don’t know how but they always have dirty eggs; those have to get cleaned.  I clean the eggs by hand, one at a time.  I clean them with a soapy dish water, dip them in a vinegar/water solution and let air dry and refrigerate.  4-5 dozen eggs takes me about an hour to clean.  If they don’t have dirt/poop on them they get packed up.  I don’t refrigerate the eggs that I don’t clean.

Here’s the kid’s finished prototype:

Prototype of egg cleaner

Prototype of egg cleaner

I’m off to clean eggs!

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2 Comments

  1. Nino
    Posted May 7, 2012 at 8:33 am | Permalink

    Interesting concept.  I’ve found that (with chickens at least) if I keep clean straw bedding and pick the eggs up the day they’re laid the eggs are pristine.  But I only scrub them in water, never used vinegar…should I?

     As a kid I learned a little song (played on the piano black keys–1 2 3   4 5  6 7 8)

    4      8    4     7   4   6     4      5
    My mother had a speckled hen,

    4        8       4    7   4      6
    She layed behind the door. 

    4       8  4     7   4      6     4      5
    And every day she laid three eggs…

    4      3   4      2      4      1
    On Sunday she layed four.

    • Posted May 8, 2012 at 6:29 am | Permalink

      I actually remember Gran singing me this song! 
       If they are dirty you should wash them with soapy water.  I use vinegar because I’m doing so many and worried about contamination once the bloom is gone. 

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