can i eat these eggs?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by zumachicks, Mar 23, 2008.

  1. zumachicks

    zumachicks Out Of The Brooder

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    hi - newbie here...i finally found where my bantam was laying her eggs! there were eight under her, so i took seven. found them this morning (easter sunday)...funny hu? anyway, are they still ok to eat?? should i refrigerate them or toss them??[​IMG]

    i apologize if this is a very dumb question....
     
  2. Break an Egg

    Break an Egg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Fresh eggs should be fine to eat for atleast a week and don't need any refrigeration. Don't wash them either, they naturally have a coating that is going to keep them fresh.
     
  3. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    If she's been setting on them and not just laying them and then leaving the nest, you may have a chick developing in them already. I think I'd toss them and start over.
     
  4. zumachicks

    zumachicks Out Of The Brooder

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    ok, so if there were eight eggs, that's eight days, so i should be fine to eat them...??? that is assuming the last one she laid was today....THANK you!!
     
  5. zumachicks

    zumachicks Out Of The Brooder

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    oh, these are not fertile, i do not have a rooster....so, are they ok then????
     
  6. Break an Egg

    Break an Egg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They'll be fine to eat as long as they're not fertile.
     
  7. Farmer Kitty

    Farmer Kitty Flock Mistress

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    Here is a neat thing I found on this site when I first started:

    Eggs are good when:

    Fill a bowl with water deeper than an egg is long.
    Place eggs in bowl.
    If eggs settle to the bottom and lay on their side...they are as fresh as can be can be and yolks do not need to be thoroughly cooked.
    If eggs, while still on the bottom of the bowl, start pivoting upward they are a little less fresh but can still be used for baking, scrambling, etc.
    When completely upright but still on the bottom of the bowl...the egg is still ok but must be thoroughly cooked (scrambling, used in batter for frying, etc.)
    Once the egg actually starts to float and is no longer in contact with the bottom of the bowl...toss it!

    When things spoil, they oxidize; This might explain the whole floating egg method.
     
  8. chicken_boy_Kurt

    chicken_boy_Kurt Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 20, 2008
    The reason the older eggs float is because as the egg ages the air cell grows in size. Thats so the chicks when they hatch have enough air to breath until they fully break the shell.
     
  9. zumachicks

    zumachicks Out Of The Brooder

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    i am going to submerge my eggs right now! thank you SO much!!!
     
  10. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    I've eaten eggs from my girls that were over 6 months old...8 days will be fine.
     

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