Newbie chicken keepers often have questions about the safety of eating eggs from their pet chickens. I have been asked several times “can I eat my pet chicken’s eggs?”

To reassure those of you out there who may have some niggling worries, here’s my take on the matter.

I have 3 laying hens and a cockerel in my garden and they are Buff Orpingtons. They are VERY friendly. The eggs are a brown colour (that’s the shell lol) and yes, you can eat them, straight away.

The farmer or whoever you bought your chooks from (if they are respectable sellers) should have had the chickens immunised (against salmonella) at an early age. Battery hens (which are often sold for around 1 pound each) will also be immunised as their produce goes to supermarkets.

Your eggs should last a couple of weeks. They can go straight into the fridge. I mark the date I collected them with a pencil (as pen can go through the shell and leak into the white and harm you).

Also don’t wash the eggs as this can make the dirt absorb through the shell as well. Just wipe the eggs with a damp cloth. You don’t have to wash pet chicken eggs in a special solution.

Enjoy your pet chicken eggs!