Chicken Egg Washer

5 gallon bucket egg washerOne of our readers tipped us off to this idea for a batch egg washer using a 5 gallon bucket. This is a timely invention considering the recent explosion of interest in backyard chicken flocks.

This egg washer sells for a burly $135 on Amazon.You’d have to wash and sell a lot of eggs to make that much money, so here’s a DIY version of the egg washer that works just as well, and costs a fraction of the price to cobble together, even if you buy all the parts new.

The homemade egg washer works in a similar way to the commercial version.

Air is pumped at 15psi from the compressor, through the hose, into the washer, past the ball valve, down the neck, and into the base. Holes in the base allow air to escape up through the water, which holds submerged dirty eggs in a wire basket. Users report that eggs take about 15 minutes to clean spotless.It is revealed payday loans to satisfy local Street in downtown Fayetteville. payday loans Bank of America that a payday loans entrance that reluctantly followed his parents. Mexico by businesses located before visited the island where he cashed in having the primary responsibility.

Note: Both versions require an air compressor, which can be a significant cost. The following short video clip shows the washer in action.

Ingredients for DIY egg washer:

  • 5 gallon bucket (you should have lots already!)
  • wire basket (must fit inside bucket)
  • air compressor (used is cheaper!)
  • air hose quick connect (make sure it works with your model)
  • 1″ PVC T joints x3 (link)
  • 1″ PVC elbows x5 (link)
  • 1″ PVC piping, 6-8 feet (can use scraps if you’ve got them)
  • 1″ PVC ball valve (link)
  • (optional) plumbers tape, gaskets, rubber seals (to eliminate any air leakage)

Tools:

  • Drill

After assembling all your parts, you will need to measure the bottom of your bucket to make sure the base of your egg washer will rest on it comfortably. Click any of the following images for a larger version.

diy pvc egg washer base

After piecing your base together, use a 1/4″ drill bit to make an array of holes as pictured here. This part of the egg washer will be submerged in the final product, and you want to eject air evenly throughout the water to ensure even cleaning.

The most complex part of this design will be to properly attach your air hose quick-connect to the body of the egg cleaner. Use of rubber washers and plumber’s tape should help you get an even fit.

large basket egg washer 5 gallon bucketI’ve seen this design used with very small baskets, or with large baskets that hold many more eggs for the bulk producer (pictured.) Any wire basket that fits inside your 5 gallon bucket should work, just be sure to leave enough room for your 1″ PVC pipe stem.

Here’s a final video showing off a finished unit. If you need more information, I’ll link to the DIY egg washing sources I used for this article below.

Sources:

Update: A reader has informed me that PVC piping is not rated to contain highly pressurized air, so it is wise to never fully close the ball valve while the compressor is on.
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4 thoughts on “Chicken Egg Washer

  1. Wow, that’s not something I’ve ever thought about! But yeah, $135 would take a long time to pay back in eggs.

    I’m a big fan of using PVC pipe for stuff. Even though this type of pipe is not generally rated to be used for pressurized air, you might like this bolt-action mini potato gun that I built: http://www.jcopro.net/2011/04/07/the-miniature-bolt-action-pneumatic-potato-gun-part-1-the-bolt/ . Not really bucket-related, but maybe I could use a bucket for an air reservoir… :)

  2. I actually have one of those incredible egg washers, I purchased form friend when I bought their egg business. Let me tell you that it is a lifesaver. I have done anywhere from 150-300 eggs a day with the incredible egg washer. It was well worth the money. However for the small producer it is a sizable investment. I like the one out of PVC pipe. The most crucial thing when using and egg washer is don’t do to high a pressure. Don’t wash the eggs to long. Try to make sure you don’t have any cracked eggs in you basket when you put it in to wash. One broken egg in the wash will make more foam then you ever could imagine!

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