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Found Hidden Nest

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Ok, in hindsight it wasn't so hidden. I just thought she was cozy back there in the back corner of the coop behind a wire mesh section where I had added extra straw for winter insulation.

Today I pulled out 27 eggs!! Now I have 3 female ducks so potentially they've shared this nest. It could just be this one particular hen which means some of the eggs could be a month old. The temps have been as low as as 20 and as high as 70. Avg around 55. They free range all day returning between 4pm-6pm. They might be fertile but I doubt any of them took as she's not broody at all. I don't want chicks just yet.

So are these eggs OK to eat? Bake with? I wasn't overly careful pulling them out and have them mixed up in cartons. Meaning I didn't keep track of the top layer (freshest) and lowest layer (oldest).

Would you keep them all? Toss them all? Try them one by one? Thoughts? Thanks
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Some of the eggs at the grocery store can be a month old. Candle them, check for cracks or signs of freezing. If they still have the 'bloom' on them it is an antibacterial barrier. But, I would crack one open... Just to be safe.
Edited by Kittles - 3/29/16 at 4:41pm
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