With backyard chickens becoming so popular, one of the most common questions we get at Coastal Farm & Ranch is how to collect, clean and store eggs safely.
When it comes to collecting eggs, it's best to do it daily or more. The longer an egg sits in the nest box, the more chances it has of getting broken or covered in manure, which is why cleaning and storing eggs is such an important topic.
You can either clean your eggs and store them in the refrigerator or lightly wipe them clean and keep them in cartons without refrigeration. While most people choose refrigeration, you never want to scrub your eggs clean. This will shorten the shelf life significantly. Instead, lightly dry clean your eggs with an abrasive pad to avoid removing the anti-bacterial coating on the shell.
Once your eggs are clean and completely dry, pack them in an egg carton and label it with the collection date. Eggs can last up to four weeks in the refrigerator or up to 4 weeks in a cool, dry room. However, it's important to physically flip your cartons over every few days if left unrefrigerated.
Coastal Farm & Ranch has what you need to feed and care for your backyard egg-laying friends. Stop by your nearby location today.
1900 McLoughlin Boulevard SE #120
2865 SE 242nd Drive
1550 Mt Hood Ave.
3865 OR- HWY 8
Monday - Saturday
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
9:00 am - 6:00 pm