Originally Posted by harebrainedschemes
I had the same problem - found 18 eggs yesterday and diligently looked up how to tell if they were fresh or rotten.
They all sank to the bottom of the water and looked normal - just like the one that I found in the nest that I knew was just laid.
So, I went into my walk-in closet and candled all of them. I could see just a glimmer of yolk in the just-laid egg... Two others looked about the same but several were either not able to be viewed or really dark. I could see some of the yolks float this way and that way. I put them into order of what I thought was best to worst.
Finally, I just decided eggs are not that dear and I cracked them open. The majority of them were bad. The yolks were not in one lump; they were already scrambled but they didn't smell - they just looked horrid. They had a funny color and were really thin & watery looking. The last three looked and smelled o.k. so I fried them and fed them to the dogs.
The moral of my story? I think if you just don't know, don't risk it.
Hi harebrainedschemes! When I get into the suspicious batch of eggs I will definitely examine each of them closely for any irregularities. I won't risk it for sure. I do like the suggestion of feeding those "bad" eggs to the chickens and/or to the dogs for a special treat. Thanks for posting!
Originally Posted by Hopper
i have done some traveling and I think we are one of the few countries that DOES refrigerate and yes its cause our eggs come from an egg factory and their quailty people make them WASH them.
IF I EVER GET EGGS From these hens I dont think I will be washing either, they can happily sit on my counter for all to see and admire! CANT WAIT!
Hi Hopper! I found that real interesting reading on this thread about not having to refrigerate eggs! I've seen in magazines and movies eggs on the counter but I thought that was just a decorative touch. By the way, be a little more patient and I know you'll be seeing eggs from your hens very soon. As it turns out for us, our girls were laying eggs everywhere but in their nesting beds we had set up for them!
Originally Posted by mom x 1
It's true, you learn something new every day. I have been diligently placing my eggs in the fridge, even though I have said several times how pretty they would look sitting in a basket on my counter! Guess where my eggs will be from now on!
Oh and I love the egg-skelter thingie!
Hi Mom x 1! I too have learned so many new things since joining this great forum the other day! Thanks for posting.
Originally Posted by real_redhead
I am so excited to see this thread, I was just thinking today that I needed to ask the same question about how long a egg is good for and if it needs to be refigerated. I do have 1 more question, is it ok to refigerate the eggs when you bring them in? Or is it best to leave them out on the counter?
Hi real_redhead! I'm a newbie at this but I don't see any harm in refrigerating eggs. I have learned from the members here that if you for some reason "wash" your home laid eggs, you then will need to refrigerate them or eat them soon because you've removed the "protective"membrane from the egg. Store bought eggs are all washed beforehand...and I guess that's why we've refrigerated them and thought it was necessary for all eggs.
Hi bawkbawkbawk! I found your blog really fun and interesting to read! Thank you for sharing your link with us. I now know that the "protective" membrane/covering I was referring to in the above comment is actually called the "bloom". Wow! I do love learning new things. I also found it interesting to learn that the rough "sandpaper" surface on that one egg of yours was caused by your hen going overboard on eating alot of oyster shells! Love that!
Originally Posted by lowry075
This is a great thread. I have been refridgerating mine unnecessarily it seems. I also wondered why they were IMPOSSIBLE to peel if I hard bolied them
Hi lowry075! Isn't that interesting about the freshest eggs are harder to peel when hard boiling them?! We learn something new every day!
Originally Posted by MakNugget
Here is what I did last year with my first batch of chickens. Freshness is going to depend on ambient temp too, so to get a gauge on how long my eggs stayed fresh on the counter, I numbered and dated each one with a pencil (date on paper, number on egg). Do this and consume eggs FIFO or lowest number in order. It's kind of fun to track production rate and weight too if you're up to it.
Make sure you have always have a cache of eggs on the counter so that it can age, and consume less than what y get so that the eggs you are eating have a chance to age.
You will notice right away when your eggs change consistency. I like to consume them while the whites are still firm (for fried eggs), so once you hit an egg that's starting to go down, it's time to boil the lot.
Edited by 5LadyHens - 8/13/11 at 8:36am
Hi MakNugget...thanks for your all of your good advice! I have started penciling in the dates on the eggs I bring in now.
Thanks to all our members for your interesting and much appreciated postings! You guys rock! Lisa