Are these eggs okay to eat?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by finnleyjo, Sep 1, 2009.

  1. finnleyjo

    finnleyjo Out Of The Brooder

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    We went camping this last weekend and my BIL came over to check on the chickens and collect eggs while we were gone. Today when I went to give the chickens their treats I noticed that there were two eggs in their feeder (a hanging 5 gallon bucket feeder). I don't know how long they were there. We left on Thurs, and I found them today...one of them may have been laid today...but not both of them. I have 8 chickens and collected 7 eggs from the nest box today [​IMG]

    So can I still eat these eggs or should I toss them? They could be as old as 5 days, and I think it was around 75 degrees or so while we were gone.
     
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

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    The eggs should be fine. Here's a link about storing eggs that may make you feel better about eating them. It is a long read but I think the findings are interesting. By the way, I always suggest breaking any egg into a separate bowl before adding it to the ingredients or frying pan to avoid surprises. A surprise can come in any egg, your hen's or one from the grocery.

    Storing Eggs
    http://www.motherearthnews.com/Sust...ggs-a-Year-or-More-Without-Refrigeration.aspx
     
  3. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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    You could also do the float test if there is any doubt about them being old. If they sink in a bowl of water then they're good. If they float then they're old and should be discarded.
     
  4. sillybirds

    sillybirds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wouldn't eat them myself. They would probably be OK, but why take a risk, especially when you're getting a lot of fresh eggs! I would, however, cook them and feed them to my dogs or back to the chickens.
     

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