Chicken Owners, is this normal?


I don’t own chickens. Yet.

One day I hope to own some, but for now I can buy yard eggs for $2 per dozen from a neighbor.

I have the benefits of healthier and tastier eggs without the work and expense (small as that could be) of keeping them.


However, I am a bit concerned by how dirty these eggs are. I realize, of course, that grocery eggs have been washed; but it was my understanding that if the laying box was kept clean, eggs this dirty would be pretty rare.

Also, eggs that I have received from kind friends have not been this dirty.

So, is this pretty normal, or should I be concerned?

Thanks for your help!


7 responses »

  1. I wash mine before sharing them but you are correct that they are not often dirty like that. Every once in a while we will get one like that for no known reason but not usually. πŸ™‚

    • Hopefully this was just a random dirty batch. Someone has suggested that it could’ve been because of rain. I understand that yard eggs will not be spotless like grocery store eggs, but this was a particularly dirty batch. Maybe it’s just a sign that I need to get my own chickens! πŸ™‚

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