Can I eat eggs that have been outside for 4 days?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by wmillsap, Nov 24, 2015.

  1. wmillsap

    wmillsap Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 23, 2015
    I'm going to be out of town for 4 days. Can I still eat eggs that have been left in the nesting box? Will it make me sick to eat them since they stayed outside for 4 days? What if they are dirty and I have to wash them when I get home. Will they still be good? I don't have anyone to come collect them daily while I'm gone. Should I throw them away? The highs will be about 70 and the low about 50. Thanks for your help!!
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    They will be fine, i am sure, but if you don't feel comfortable eating them, then don't.

  3. shortgrass

    shortgrass Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 14, 2015
    Northern Colorado
    Yes, they will be fine to eat.... If it were 100 degrees out I would say toss them but with low temps like 50 and 70, they're just as good as sitting on the kitchen counter, which is where I keep my eggs ;)

    Do keep in mind that leaving eggs in boxes for long periods could possibly lead to a curious hen or an accidental poked egg, leading someone e to taste it...and voila, egg eaters :(

    They'll be fine to eat but try not to leave them in the boxes unless absolutely necessary, like leaving for a few days ;)
  4. Spartan22

    Spartan22 Overrun With Chickens

    Sep 2, 2014
    Canton, Ohio

    Four days? At that temp? They should be good for 21-28 days in the nest. They are actually viable for hatching if they are fertile.

    So it should be good for eating that long. Of course it may get soiled if left that long. Washing them when you get back and should be refrigerated immediately. I hope they have plenty of water and food tho while your gone.
  5. wmillsap

    wmillsap Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 23, 2015
    Thank you for all of your information. I will eat them when we get home! They have plenty of water and food. Happy Thanksgiving!
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  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    I would be more worried about a food or water mishap...or a predator issue.
  7. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    Yep, which is why I have automatic doors and waterers. [​IMG]

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