Cleaning or Blowing Out Eggs

Egg Art

First you need to determine where you wish to place the hole.  If you are planning to use the egg vertically, try to get the hole as close to the center of the bottom as possible.   I prefer placing the holes in the wider end of the egg...if there is one end noticeably wider than the other.   Place the hole in the side of the egg for designs where the egg will lay horizontally.  For ostrich and emu eggs I use a Dremel bit #115, a "high speed cutter".  This bit is about the size of a pencil eraser and makes what I think is a great size hole that is almost perfectly round.    On ostrich eggs, which are very hard, angle the bit so the corner will be doing the first cutting and place it just to the side of your mark till it starts cutting into the shell.  Then roll it to the other side of the mark and repeat.  When it starts to cut into the shell there, lift the Dremel to a vertical position and start to cut straight down into the egg.  Do not push on the bit, let it do the cutting!

We use a foot operated bicycle tire pump with a basketball needle to empty ostrich and emu eggs.  We place a tea towel under the foot pump on the counter next to the sink.  One hand holds the egg in the sink with the basketball needle in the egg opening.  With the other hand, we work the bicycle pump.  The pump forces air into the eggshell which causes "displacement" and will shoot the right out.  Usually in 5-6 pumps most of the egg has been removed!

Using a funnel, put some warm tap water into the empty shell and shake.  Empty again.  If you see some solid egg yolk, repeat this step again.  If the water is just a bit cloudy, place more warm water into the egg and add some Clorox, this will help to "disinfect" and prevent odor.   Again  shake the egg well and then place in a dish strainer upside down to drain.

To drain a large and sturdier goose egg you can also use a Dremel or similar tool with a smaller bit.  Follow the same procedure for blowing, rinsing and disinfecting the egg.  For smaller eggs such as chicken, place holes in both ends of the egg.   You can use a Dremel with a small bit or carefully make the hole with a small sharp pair of scissors or a  use needle.  Blow out the egg with your mouth.  An easier way to blow the egg is to use a baby syringe.  Remove the end of the syringe, using just the rubber bulb.  Hold the egg over a bowl, large hole down, place the bulb over the small hole and gently squeeze.

Very fragile eggs must be emptied with a hypodermic needle.  Make holes in both ends of the egg with a needle.  Carefully, using a hypodermic needle suck the egg out.  This allows air to come into the egg from the opposite hole and keep the egg from collapsing.  Use the hypodermic needle to add and remove the water for rinsing and disinfecting.