broken shell but not membrane?


In the Brooder
10 Years
Apr 28, 2009
I recovered an egg this morning that has a small, cracked dent (I *think* I did it when collecting it, but it may have been like that) in the shell, but the membrane is still in place and it still seems "sealed".

Will it keep for a few days like that? Silly, but I want to make a cake for guests this weekend using "homegrown" eggs and I only have one laying bird so I have to save up.
But definitely only want to use it if it's safe.

I doubt it matters, but it's a guinea egg. (They are YUMMY!)


Morning Gem Farm
11 Years
Oct 3, 2008
east central Ohio
I just cracked 3 last night in the gathering bucket. One was oozing, so that gets fried for the dog. 2 were just cracked with membrane unbroken. I try to use that kind within 24 hours.

Usually, if I know the hens broke or cracked the egg, I don't use it for my food.

If you did the cracking and the egg wasn't in contact with poo or mud, I think it should be okay for cooking.


Terd of Hurtles
11 Years
Oct 23, 2008
Northwestern Minnesota
Yes if it didnt come into contact with anything yucky it will be ok for a day. Maybe try to just get it out of the shell ASAP and freeze it till you back the cake? The membranes are very pourous and wont keep ANYTHING harmful out of the egg

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