Fresh Eggs FAQ
Why are some of the eggs dirty or have feathers stuck to them?
We do not wash our eggs. Fresh eggs contain a natural protective coating that allows them to stay fresher longer. Just rinse prior to using. An unwashed egg can go at least 2 weeks without being refrigerated and 6 months if refrigerated. We refrigerate our eggs as soon as we collect them. Once refrigerated, they must stay cold or they will sweat and wash off the coating.
*America is one of the few countries that actually washes and refrigerates eggs. Read about it here
What is that little brown/red spot floating on the yolk?
The brownish or reddish specks you’ll occasionally find floating in your eggs are “meat spots” or “blood spots.” These spots are not a cause for concern and commonly occur in eggs. It is perfectly safe to eat, I just scoop it out.
Blood spots occur for one of two reasons. One, the egg is fertilized, but since we do not have any roosters, this is not the case here. Or a broken blood vessel in the yolk. As eggs age, the yolk becomes more liquid and the spot dilutes. You normally will not find eggs from the store with blood spots because 1.) they are older and the spot has diluted out and 2.) they have been “candled” first with an infrared light to look for any imperfections. Commercial eggs with blood spots, misshaped shells or specks are classified as Grade B eggs and are sold to food manufacturers to be cooked or made into Egg Beaters.
There are all kinds of egg deformities, nothing’s perfect. We’ve seen some weird ones. I usually save them for us to eat. There’s nothing wrong with them, I just don’t want to freak out the neighbors.
Here is a good article on Backyard Chickens that shows different causes for egg deformities.
Why are these eggs so difficult to peel?
In freshly laid eggs, the egg white is attached to the shell. After the eggshell’s protective coat slowly wears off the egg becomes porous, absorbs more air and releases some of its carbon dioxide allowing the egg whites to separate from the shell. There are many sites that give tricks on how to make your fresh eggs peel better.
How did you make blue/green eggs? Why are they different colors?
Genetics. Depending on their genes, a chicken may lay either a white, brown or green/blue egg. Some people say you can tell what color egg a chicken will lay by her feathers, her earlobes (yes, they have earlobes) or their legs. Our Ameraucanas aka Easter Eggers lay blue/green eggs and they have a bluish coloring to their legs. Our leghorn chickens lay white eggs and they have all white feathers, but yellow legs.
There is a super scientific article Here that talks about the pigmentation of chicken eggs.