This is what my counter looks like with 2 days of eggs being washed.
Usually 1/2 the eggs don't need to be washed which is good because those last a lot longer than those that get washed. The one that get washed are cleaned with bubbles in a egg cleaning bucket and washing solution.
I love the various colors of eggs but am a satisfied... nope, I need more darker eggs so I'm now on to chickens to give me variety of colors.
After they are washed and sorted by size, each egg is candled with this little box. You turn off the lights, put the egg on the box, press that red button and look inside the egg.
I love to see the double yolkers.
I've been gathering eggs about 4-5 hours after they are laid and I've been noticing more and more of that white stringy thing (technical name is on other websites) on the end of the yolk. I assumed that meant the egg was fertilized. That's why you candle, to look for baby chickens in the eggs as you don't want to sell those to someone.
Evidently, all eggs fertilized or not have that white string. The more white string, the fresher the eggs. So I've been finding more of the white string because these eggs are really, really fresh. And I put them right in the fridge so I am locking in all that protein. I had no idea.
So much for learning on the job.... now I know that the white stringy thing actually means fresh eggs. Well, ours are really fresh these days!!