We have 3 chickens. They are now laying eggs. We are not sure how often we should check for eggs and whether the frequency should change in the summer months. How should we clean the eggs? Can we use a spray bottle with a solution? If we don't see any dirt on the eggs, do we have to clean them?
Butler County Pennsylvania
According to our Extension Poultry Specialist:
When hens come into lay, they will lay almost every day. It is best to pick up the eggs on a daily basis (regardless of season), clean them, and store them in a refrigerated manner until used. If you clean the eggs, use warm/hot water to clean off the dirt, and then disinfect with a dilute chlorine solution either sprayed or dipped, allow eggs to dry, and place them in the refrigerator as soon as possible. Many producers do not wash or disinfect eggs that are laid in clean nests and have no adhering foreign matter, but washing is easy.