Egg management products contribute to the outcome of the egg such as cleanliness, quality and appearance:
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The Rotomaid unit of made of medium density polyethylene engineering-grade plastic component. The upper unit contains a heating element and thermostat. The lower unit is the agitating base. The unit has two power leads, one for the bucket and one for the agitating base, both of which run on an Australian power supply. Convenient tap to release water when no longer chlorinated.
Fill the supplied Rotomaid egg washer bucket to the indicator line with water and add egg washing powder. So this without splashing water around, this is easy but if you are rough with the machine and surrounds then the machine will not last as long you may expect. Use chlorine strips to measure 100 – 200ppm of chlorine for each basket. Put bucket on the agitator. Turn on the heating element, which will quickly reach the pre-set temperature as controlled by the inbuilt thermostat. Collect your eggs in the supplied plastic coated basket and gently lower into the solution. Egg size will affect amount of eggs that will fit into basket. Wash eggs for a period for less than 3 minutes. We recommend purchasing a second plastic coated basket so the next load of eggs is ready to go in the pre-heated, chlorinated water. Once the base unit is switched on, the gentle movement will clean the egg shells, giving them a clean and hygienic appearance. Now Turn on agitator .Once the water in the bucket has reached the pre-set temperature, and the agitator is on, it will create an efficient and hygienic, gentle agitation egg cleaning solution. You should not have eggs in the water for longer that 2-3 minutes, and should be for the shortest time possible. So, do not leave extra dirty eggs in for longer. If the eggs need longer than 3 minutes, they are really dirty, discard them and work on your farm equipment and practices to reduce the proportion of dirty eggs.
Notes on egg washing in a bucket or immersion washer, or any recycled water washer for that matter. Keeping the wash, rinse or sanitising solution temperature above that of the egg is important, for food safety’s sake, this is normally about 10 degrees higher at least. If your eggs need less than 3 minutes wash, then all the better; do not feel obliged to wash for that long.
As a bucket washer can reuse the same water a number of times (consider increasing the free chlorine level if reusing water – chlorine strips for measuring chlorine will assist), or topping up, or discarding between batches (preferable). Washed eggs need to be rinsed, some rules/guides say rinse in fresh potable water, what’s that you say!!!!– just make sure your rinse water is clean and this does mean clean – there is no point rinsing washed eggs in bacteria laden rinse water, dirty dam water or mineral rich bore water. Clean, treated, warm (again warmer than the washed egg) water for rinsing.
If using Eggceptional egg wash powder, go for the 100-200 parts per million free chlorine again (warmer than the rinsed egg temperature, remember). ‘Black’ eggs should never be washed.
Note: you may need chlorine strips to measure chlorine levels between 100 – 200ppm. This is best done first (before heating water) when the water is cool, as many strips don’t measure too well at higher temperatures, the other way around this, is shoot for a pH level of about 10.5 (less troubles with heat).
So, this may mean having 3 Rotomaid machines, one with the agitator two with just the bucket, or you can spray rinse in egg basket with appropriate temperature straight into a sink, then sanitise. Having more than one washer bucket is not unwise, as it also allows you to have a redundant system, something which is expected as much as possible in farm plans.
There are a range of ways to achieve the three processes: wash, rinse and sanitise. Remember though, that the water that the eggs are being washed in will get dirty and the chlorine will wear off in contact with organic material, so topping up egg wash powder or solution chlorine between washes, or starting again each wash would be a good idea.
Rotomaid is an immersion washer and is unique, in that it maintains the temperature of wash solution and is affordable for the small producer. It’s simple, repeatable and it works. Good practices need to be followed through so don’t cut corners. If your process is effective then your choice of tool is just that, a tool to assist your process.
Rotomaid is not a maintenance free machine. Visually inspect the sensor and element for wear and tear, clean the machine, do not poor water and was solution over it, do not remove egg baskets while the agitator is still on, follow common sense Health and Safety rules.
Do not put the agitator on top of the egg basket and turn on the agitator (we have had customers do this). The agitator is always under the Rotomaid bucket.
The Rotomaid is one, if not, the cheapest egg washing machines in Australia, but it is not made for continual use, nor should it be expected to wash thousands of eggs a day, day in day out. It is a small item made for incidental and limited use, it is made and it’s expected use is to run once or twice a day (so 2-3 buckets of eggs a day). This means about 600 eggs which should be only 10% of your total. If you are needing to use it more than that then you should run more of them, not run the Rotomaid machine into the ground, or consider a faster, more efficient more commercial style machine. Investigate why you find the need to wash so many eggs, dirty eggs, a lot of dirty eggs are a sign that you can do more work on your farm management i.e. use rollaway nest boxes or Avio colony nest.
As this is a smaller machine and used for business the warranty is as per a commercial warranty, i.e 3 months, given that , we would expect the the bucket and plastics to wear out for years, other parts longevity will depend upon how well the machine is looked after and how much it is used. Most customers have these for years without issues.
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The current ORKA range comprises:
The open structure of the nest pad, the special shape and high flexibility of its individual blades ensure that the eggs roll onto the conveyor belt safely and without contamination.
The AstroTurf® nest pad is made from a special polyethylene composition. The blades are tapered for better wear resistance. The rounded tops contribute to the hens’ comfort and help ensure a safe egg roll-off.
The pad material is fully resistant to moisture, bacteria, fungi and insects. The chestnut colour was chosen after intensive research.
Astroturf comes in various sizes.
Clean egg belt enables freshly laid eggs to remain clean for collection.