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How long do fresh eggs stay fresh?

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My wife wanted me to find out about this. We started rasing chickens to sell the eggs. How long do theses eggs stay fresh?

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I read you can keep eggs to eat 5 wks

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Let me piggy back your question coach - how long will an egg stay edible without being refrigerated? Is once a day often enough to collect eggs, or should you do it more often?

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Go to your local library and check out Stories Guide to Raising Chicks...very informative!! Eggs are freshest kept on bottom shelf of fridge...the way to tell is to put them in water the ones that float are bad...four weeks is a good timeline...but always check before you discard them!!

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Here's the way I understand it.  Alot of people that have chickens, work.  So they must be fine in temp air through the day.  I'd make sure the nesting boxes are out of the sun.  (I pick up through out the morning and then check mid-afternoon and evening for the last ones.)  If hatching, store them at 55 degrees for 7-10 days.  If storing longer, place in cool pantry or basement also around 55 degrees for up to 5 weeks.

If not hatching.  Place in fridge, center, back where the temp is consistant.  I also read that eggs don't "go bad".  They will eventually dry up.  So it's not if they spoil...it's how much air is in the shell.  (Well, that's as long as the shell isn't cracked.)  The loger they sit the more air.  I find that an egg that is 4-6 days old is perfect for cooking and hard boiling.

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I also read that eggs don't "go bad".  They will eventually dry up.  So it's not if they spoil...it's how much air is in the shell.  (Well, that's as long as the shell isn't cracked.)  The loger they sit the more air.  I find that an egg that is 4-6 days old is perfect for cooking and hard boiling.


It's true as far as I know as well, that eggs don't go bad. The shell is semi-permeable to air, and over time air will enter the egg and change the density of the "solution" (the white and yolk), making it lighter than water. Hence, a older egg will partially or fully float in water.  If you don't wash your hens' eggs after laying, they should stay fresher longer. There is a wet membrane on eggs immediately after they are laid, and it dries within a few minutes. This membrane prevents air from leaking into the egg. We store our eggs in a separate compartment in the fridge, unwashed until right before use.

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So if some were missed in the coop for a couple days, temps in the 60's during the day mid to upper 30's at night, out of the sun they are still good? The hens found a new spot and some were missed the last two days, wondered if they were still ok or not.
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So if some were missed in the coop for a couple days, temps in the 60's during the day mid to upper 30's at night, out of the sun they are still good? The hens found a new spot and some were missed the last two days, wondered if they were still ok or not.
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I have been curious about that to. With temps in the 80's now what if you forget to collect for a couple days are they still good? Say you take a weekend trip somewere

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Not at all an expert here, but friends told me that in Europe eggs are stored and sold unrefrigerated, that as long as they aren't washed first they'll keep well at room temp. Apparently, washing removes a protective coating.

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Foreign countries do thing allot different than America does. Things they do would make us sick because are bodies are not use to it. Thats what I've heard anyway

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