Assemble your parts to build your own egg washer
If you have a lot of chickens and you are tired of washing eggs by hand you might want to try to build your own egg washer. Most “egg washers” work on the principle of bubbling water over the eggs (without the need for detergents or manual scrubbing). You can purchase an egg washer online and there are several models to chose from. However, all of these seem to be modifications to 5 gallon buckets and they want to charge you over a hundred dollars! I have found a couple of designs to build your own on the web but many of them are very complicated with PVC pipe etc. I wanted to build a “quick and dirty” model that was easy and fast to put together. I figured if it works well, I might want to build something fancier later.
First I gathered the parts. I already had a pump I use for my pond that puts out a reasonable amount of air using ¾” ID lumen tubing. I got a length of clear vinyl tubing and a 5 gallon bucket/lid at Cheapo Depot and I decided to reuse the existing air diffuser. Also needed a couple of stainless steel pipe clamps to make sure it held together.
Drilling a 1" hole through the lid of the bucket
I used a 1” spade bit to drill a hole through the center to fit the tubing.
Attaching the tubing to the pump and the diffuser with stainless steel pipe clamps
I connected the pump and diffuser to the tubing with stainless steel pipe clamps
Egg washer assembled
I filled it with plain water and eggs and got ready for my first test.
Homemade egg washer in action
I think I had one cracked egg… which really caused the water to foam. However, after about 15 minutes.. the eggs were sparkling clean. All in all, this only cost me about 15 bucks to make (because I already had the pump). I would say before you purchase a $130 model online, you might want to try to build your own.. Just to see if you like it. This works great.. but just one more thing to clean and store! For small amount of eggs, it’s really just easier to wash by hand. Let me know how your project turns out.