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Collecting eggs in winter...refrigerate or no?

post #1 of 4
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Hi all,

 

So, I had an odd thought today while collecting eggs.  It's gotten cold here again (single digits).  I make an egg run at least a few times a day or my eggs freeze.

 

Well, it just hit me...I know if you wash off eggs, you need to refrigerate them, but what if they get cold out in the coop before being collected?  Should they, too, go right into the fridge (with or without being washed)?  Is it bad for them to sit out unwashed and warm back up to room temp?

 

I'm not sure why I just thought of that...but I'm curious.  What do you all do?

 

Thanks.

Dawn

Doing it all in beautiful Northern Michigan with 1 husband, 3 kids, 3 cats, 1 old dog, 14 Barred Rocks, 1 Mutt Rooster, 2 Muscovy Ducks, 1 Toulouse Gander and 1 Embden Goose and 15 new fluff-ball chicks (Australorps and EE's) all together to make one big happy (albeit crazy) family! 

 

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Doing it all in beautiful Northern Michigan with 1 husband, 3 kids, 3 cats, 1 old dog, 14 Barred Rocks, 1 Mutt Rooster, 2 Muscovy Ducks, 1 Toulouse Gander and 1 Embden Goose and 15 new fluff-ball chicks (Australorps and EE's) all together to make one big happy (albeit crazy) family! 

 

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post #2 of 4

I always collect once at night. set the eggs on the counter and eat dinner and afterwards I clean them, and refridgerate. in the summer i collect alot more than the winter. :)

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Dear Pessimist, optimist and realist, 

While you were busy arguing over the glass of water, I drank it!

Sincerely, Opportunist 

~ My CDO is kicking in..

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post #3 of 4

I think it would depend on whether or not the eggs are sweating. If they are sweating or damp then I would wash and refrigerate because the bloom will be ruined -- I know that is why once you frig they need to stay in the frig. If they are staying dry, my guess is they are fine on the counter.


Edited by ChickensRDinos - 3/4/13 at 3:23pm
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Hi...thanks for the info.  CRD, the eggs don't sweat, so I guess I'm good.  big_smile.png  I just wasn't sure about getting them cold then warming them up.  My production's down since it's been cold, so I leave a bowl of the eggs on the counter till I get a carton-full to wash (usually a couple/three days).

 

Thanks again!

Dawn
 

Doing it all in beautiful Northern Michigan with 1 husband, 3 kids, 3 cats, 1 old dog, 14 Barred Rocks, 1 Mutt Rooster, 2 Muscovy Ducks, 1 Toulouse Gander and 1 Embden Goose and 15 new fluff-ball chicks (Australorps and EE's) all together to make one big happy (albeit crazy) family! 

 

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Doing it all in beautiful Northern Michigan with 1 husband, 3 kids, 3 cats, 1 old dog, 14 Barred Rocks, 1 Mutt Rooster, 2 Muscovy Ducks, 1 Toulouse Gander and 1 Embden Goose and 15 new fluff-ball chicks (Australorps and EE's) all together to make one big happy (albeit crazy) family! 

 

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