Originally Posted by cwojbaker
My Bourbon Red pair free range, and yesterday my son came across the hen sitting on a nest of 16 eggs
He and my wife moved them into the barn into a "nest" that they put together. Not sure how long many of these eggs have been out there and the hen doesn't seem too interested in sitting on them....even when they were out in the pasture, she came to the barn to roost at night. Are the eggs good?
I know it's obviously too late for your eggs but if you haven't found your answer yet, fresh eggs are good for at least a month at room temperature as long as the shell isn't cracked. Commercial eggs are power washed and bleached and sit in a warehouse and that's why they don't last very long because it strips away the protective outer coating of the egg. My high school foods and nutrition teacher about 10 years ago told me she did an experiment with one of the security guards that owned a small farm where they put fresh eggs in the fridge and at room temperature to see how long it would take to go bad and she said the room temperature eggs took over a month to smell bad and the ones in the fridge were good for over 3 months. That being said I've had turkeys lay in the weeds and not find the nest right away and the nest was in some nasty wet mud and the smell couldn't be washed off so I just marked them and left them so I knew where her spot was to keep laying. If you're ever in doubt just put them in a deep bowl of water and if they sink and lay on their side their good. If they stand on end their OK but will go bad soon. And if they float their bad and don't eat them.