Collecting eggs in winter...refrigerate or no?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by DawnB, Mar 4, 2013.

  1. DawnB

    DawnB Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hi all,

    So, I had an odd thought today while collecting eggs. It's gotten cold here again (single digits). I make an egg run at least a few times a day or my eggs freeze.

    Well, it just hit me...I know if you wash off eggs, you need to refrigerate them, but what if they get cold out in the coop before being collected? Should they, too, go right into the fridge (with or without being washed)? Is it bad for them to sit out unwashed and warm back up to room temp?

    I'm not sure why I just thought of that...but I'm curious. What do you all do?

  2. tadpole98

    tadpole98 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 20, 2012
    I always collect once at night. set the eggs on the counter and eat dinner and afterwards I clean them, and refridgerate. in the summer i collect alot more than the winter. :)
  3. ChickensRDinos

    ChickensRDinos Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 19, 2012
    Los Angeles
    I think it would depend on whether or not the eggs are sweating. If they are sweating or damp then I would wash and refrigerate because the bloom will be ruined -- I know that is why once you frig they need to stay in the frig. If they are staying dry, my guess is they are fine on the counter.
    Last edited: Mar 4, 2013
  4. DawnB

    DawnB Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hi...thanks for the info. CRD, the eggs don't sweat, so I guess I'm good. [​IMG] I just wasn't sure about getting them cold then warming them up. My production's down since it's been cold, so I leave a bowl of the eggs on the counter till I get a carton-full to wash (usually a couple/three days).

    Thanks again!

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