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Freshly laid eggs..How long til they go bad?

post #1 of 8
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We here in Texas have been getting 100 F temps during the day. I have read that normally you should gather eggs within 3-4 days. But with the 100F temps, should do it within 1-2 days. All I can find is a smell test as to whether they are still good. And me with a lousy sense of smell.

I have Googled and gotten tons of links on the water floating/sinking test. Done a variety of searches here. Sorry if I missed the threads.

Any links or advice will be appreciated.


Thank You in advance.



Hen Herder Dave

post #2 of 8

In this heat, I gather eggs whenever I happen to be out at the coops.  That's just me.  Normally I gather them once or twice a day.  Gathering them often makes sense for more reasons than just the heat.  Eggs left in the nestboxes can get broken as they pile up and you don't want your hens finding out how good fresh raw eggs taste.  Also, are an invite to egg eating predators. 

As far as storing them, the staff at Mother Earth News did an experiment on storing eggs in the long run.  The results were very interesting:


http://www.motherearthnews.com/Sustainable-Farming/1977-11-01/Fresh-Eggs.aspx

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If there ever comes a day when we can't be together keep me in your heart, I'll stay there forever - Winnie the Pooh
I'll never develop a thick skin.  Thick skin leads to a hard heart and I never want to be one of those people. 

A slave to LF brahmas, seramas, runner ducks, call ducks, two geese that are my feathered children, and a crossbeak silkie X named Dragon. 

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post #3 of 8

It's been really hot here in central NC, and we collect eggs every morning when I let the girls out and change their water, and every evening when we lock them up.

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Happily owned by 7 fluffy butt girls: 1 BO, 3 BA, and 3 Cochins.  Also have 11 hermit crabs, 2 giant african millipedes, a ball python, and a wonderful irish wheaten terrier!  2 awesome boys who love them all!

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post #4 of 8

That link to Mother Earth News was interesting, I'll keep my supply of eggs in the fridge all winter long.

As far as the coop eggs at 100 degrees, if necessary you could probably go for more than a day or two but you would want to check them really, really carefully for any cracks.  I don't know if those would be eggs I would want to give to others or sell just in case...

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CHICKENS:to name just a few cochin, orpington,  OEG  also have: mute swans, geese, and cats
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post #5 of 8

We always collect twice a day.  That also gets us out there to say hello to the girls and make sure no one has overturned the water, etc.  We like our girls to be very well attended.  I know lots of people who take the "it's just a chicken" approach and leave their girls neglected.  Not us!

Eggs have a long shelf life.  When we fill a carton for sale, though, we put a use by one month date, just adding a giant cushion in case.

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Diana
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post #6 of 8

Hi Im not sure if this is what your asking but......I once was told  that if you take a bowl of water and put the eggs in it whichever ones float they are bad. If they sink they are good!

So Float= bad
Sinks=good

Hope that helps! lol

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I have stopped trying to post all my chickens on here because I have now come to the point where I have to many to post!!

 

Anyways, I have Serama eggs for sale. (Limited Availablility.)

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I am a chicken fanatic!

    I love them all!

Along  with any animal!

 

I have stopped trying to post all my chickens on here because I have now come to the point where I have to many to post!!

 

Anyways, I have Serama eggs for sale. (Limited Availablility.)

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post #7 of 8

It was 103 here today and forecast is we will see 108 by Wed. We collect twice a day around two pm then again around 4:00pm, birds are FR from 3:00pm to roost. Never had a problem with eggs gone bad in all my years keeping the critters here in the AZ deserts...

Don't over-think your chickens, you'll create a problem that wasn't even there in the first place...

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Don't over-think your chickens, you'll create a problem that wasn't even there in the first place...

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post #8 of 8

I collect at least once a day, more often in hot weather. However, they'll remain edible for at least several days. When wild birds lay eggs, the eggs have to remain viable until the entire clutch is laid, which is around 5-6 eggs for a chicken progenitor like a junglefowl. Once they are stored in the fridge, they will last months. I've had eggs 2-3 months old that were still fresher-looking than the store eggs my roommates had. And if you wash them, they wont last as long because you wash the natural bloom coating off which is meant to protect the egg from bacteria. Or so I've heard.

Whenever I'm in doubt, I just throw 'em out and collect anew. Nothing is grosser than an egg that's gone bad. tongue


Edited by merry hens - 6/20/11 at 8:41pm
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