I think these question belong in this forum...I can't find a better place for them. Oh well, here it goes... My chicken started laying eggs about 2 1/2 weeks ago. I've been picking them up and putting them in a carton on the kitchen counter. I haven't washed them and haven't refrigerated them at all. How long will they last? My husband thinks they are no good and that I should throw them out. I just wanted to make sure, before I did so, so I wasn't wasting perfectly good eggs. I do plan on cooking them for us to eat. So, how long can eggs last unrefrigerated, if I haven't washed them? How about, if I do wash them and refrigerate them? Next question, probably a stupid one. It's been getting cold here and I've been a little cautious with my chickens. If the weather is below 48 degrees, I turn their heat lamp on in the coop and sometimes I won't even let them out of the coop. I know they need their exercise and love to explore, but I don't want them to be cold! <roll your eyes, here> Anyway, am I being a little too cautious? Can they take to the cold, better than I think? The few times that I have let them out, they'll walk around the yard for a little bit, and then I find them cuddled up by the back of the house. Also, how do they do in the snow? Should I buy them little boots and a scarf, lol? Can you tell this is my first winter with chickens? Help, reassure me that my chickens won't freeze! Thanks!