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How long can eggs be left in the coop?

post #1 of 7
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hi everyone - I was sick and didn't pick up my friends eggs this morning so they'll be sitting there all day. Still, I think they're able to last for some time without refrigeration, correct?

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Considering store bought eggs usually don't see a refridgerator till it gets to the store about 3 - 8 wks after it's laid sickbyc. You're safe. I pick up in the afternoon when I get off work. There are some days that I don't get home till around 8 o'clock @ night (overtime). By the time I get supper on the table, get everyone bathed, in the bed, chickens fed it's after 10 o'clock at night. I just leave them for the next day. From what I've researched they can be left for up to 10 days. I do how ever test all my eggs that I've  picked up like this. If they don't float they go in the fridge, if they do, they go to the dog.

post #3 of 7

Unwashed eggs are good unrefrigerated easily up to a month and longer provided its in dry cool place. Once they are washed (which is always recommended before consumption) they should be immediately refrigerated. Washing removes a protective layer from the egg which makes it necessary to refrigerate it. Once refrigerated they can last from 2 to 4 months. Like the post above says you should always float your eggs!

-Worked at an organic farm and we raised free range chickens!<3

post #4 of 7

And why, howcome, whyfor do we get rid of eggs that "float"?  I'm a new egg and I have a lot to learn.  I've never heard of this! ep   I too have an egg question for the byc wise one's out there.old  How long can a broody hen be off her nest for, before the egg or eggs are no longer viable for hatching?    One more egg question please.  I was reading somewhere that when you store your eggs in the refrigerator you are supposed to store them narrower, pointed end down.  Does anyone know why?  It never explained why, just said put the smaller end down!

Edited by aunt emma - 4/8/10 at 7:08pm
post #5 of 7

They're fine.
When I work I don't get them 'til the end of the day or even the next day.
They don't spoil but it's best to get them out before they get broken - if I leave them there too long that's what happens.

An egg that floats has a large aircell which means it was sitting around for a while(still probably edible, just old).

post #6 of 7

Thank you Claud!smile

post #7 of 7

Unless they are laying in the direct hot sun they'll be OK for an extra day.

There's a difference between not being safe to eat and the quality.  You can leave eggs on the counter for a month, sometimes more at reasonable temperatures before they begin to spoil.  But they begin to lose quality by the day.  The hotter the temperatures the faster they lose quality.


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