Are Silkie Eggs good to eat?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Juliechickens, Oct 21, 2007.

  1. Juliechickens

    Juliechickens Songster

    Apr 7, 2007
    Memphis, TN
    I'm sorry, I know this is a dumb question. I'm pretty sure the answer is yes. I have a variety of 23 birds but it's one of my silkie hens at 7 months old who has finally decided to start laying. I get one egg a day from her. They are the most precious little perfect eggs you have ever seen. I have been collecting them for 2 weeks now and wanted to check and make sure they are good to eat.
    Also, how long will an egg keep in my fridge after being laid???? I have no idea the time since I have always bought store bought eggs. I'm curious also to know how old are store bought eggs approximately by the time we buy them? Anyone know??
    Please reply [​IMG] Thank you, Julie Sanchez Memphis, TN
  2. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    I'm a walking science experiment. I collect the eggs everyday, but sometimes I wind up putting them in a plastic bowl on the counter until I have an empty egg carton for them. I've eaten a 6 month old egg and I'm still alive. I used it in scrambled because they lose their water content and get sort of solid.

    1 Standard egg usually equates to 2 or 3 Banty eggs.

    Depends on the store how old they are, but they're probably a few weeks to a couple of months old.
  3. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

    Apr 16, 2007
    Evening Shade, AR
    Our Silky ladies have been giving us 1, if not 2 eggs a day. They are Skip's favorite because of their pretty yolks (his favorite part of the egg).

    All of our chickens are Banties and the small eggs are perfect for the 2 of us. Skip just ran a dozen perfect little Mottled cochin eggs up to the neighbor (who lives closest to our main run) as kind of a peace offering since the boys have been loud & rowdy with the cooler weather.

    Don't know about storing...ours never last more than 2 weeks around here!

  4. Poison Ivy

    Poison Ivy Songster

    May 2, 2007
    Naples, Florida
    I've had eggs from my girls up to 4 months old and I've eaten them no problem. I was at one point getting 18 eggs a day so they were starting to stack up. Not sure how old store eggs are but the ones I've bought have been flat and runny. I can't eat store bought eggs anymore not after having chickens of my own to get eggs from. They sure are different and taste so much better.
  5. DrumStick

    DrumStick Songster

    Oct 13, 2007
    I have a friend from Germany who told me the story of how his mom
    used to preserve the eggs. He's around 70 so this goes back a bit.

    His mom would collect eggs, dig a hole around 18" deep, put the eggs
    in it, then cover it with a layer of hay then dirt. They would eat eggs out
    of the hole for months. I believe his mom would float them to see if they
    were good or bad.

    So eggs last a while. It's my understanding that store bought eggs are
    at least three weeks old before they hit the shelves.

    As for silkie eggs the first fresh egg I ever had was from a Bantam.
    Silkie eggs are good to eat. Silkies are good to eat too. [​IMG]

    Don AKA Purplechicken (Just reaized my son had had logged in on this computer)
    Last edited: Oct 21, 2007
  6. Chez

    Chez Hatching

    Oct 18, 2007
    Thought you meant eat your Silkie that would be a crime against nature! :eek: I have had my two since the middle of September and they have been adorable, but have just seen them bullying my two new chicks, a Cochin and a sweet tiny Pekin! I was amazed by their behaviour!

    Does anyone out there give their hens porrige or readybrek? mine love it, made with milk, but hope it is okay?

    Thanks for any help.

    Aren't hens adorable! :[​IMG]

    Chat soon Chez
  7. Juliechickens

    Juliechickens Songster

    Apr 7, 2007
    Memphis, TN
    Wow, such great answers! Thank you all so much! Very interesting about the woman burying her eggs for months! LOL What on earth made her do that?!
    Well, that definitely answers my questions about should I or shouldn't I eat my silkie eggs! My birds are all young,,,only one silkie hen has started laying but she's very faithful about it and gives me one egg a day usually laid in early morning. I have lots of other breeds of hens too but they have not yet started laying.
    I'm glad also you told me one silkie egg is about equal to 2-3 regular sized eggs. I wondered about that with baking and all. By the way,,,I would never ever eat my chickens,,,they are pets. I only will eat their eggs [​IMG]
    Thank you guys for the helpful info. Interesting that store bought eggs are already 2-3 weeks old before they hit the shelves. I always wondered that.
  8. ozark hen

    ozark hen Living My Dream

    Apr 4, 2007
    Mansfield, MO
  9. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Crowing

    May 8, 2007
    Storing food underground kept it cooler. Many things have changed in a relatively short period of time. I still have a relative alive that had ice delivered for her icebox when she was a newlywed. Getting an electric refrigerator was a really big deal for her, when she got her first one. This was in Madison, WI, a little over 50 years ago!
  10. pipermark

    pipermark Songster

    Jan 26, 2007
    Yes eat them,

    Depends on condition of egg, rule of thumb I use is over 2 weeks I give them to the dogs.

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