I have been searching to find the answer to my questions even did the search feature on this website and still came up with no answer so can someone help me? Because I am a first ever newbie to chickens! How long does an egg have to be laying in the nesting box or after it was laid for it to get spoiled? Like a time limit when to get them out of the nesting boxes and into the fridge? I have read where it's good to check the nesting boxes twice a day but I am a fresh leary person because I got food poisoned before and ever since then I wouldn't eat a more than 2 day old food. I am confused about the storage thing too? I have read that it's okay to store eggs at 50-55 degress F and then I read that the USDA recommends that cold foods be kept below 40 degrees F. Now for the egg layer part.. My Buff Orpington (I think that's what she is) laid her first egg yesterday at 18 weeks old.. Now the question is.. Is it normal for a first time egg layers first egg be big? Because her first egg was big then the second one which arrived about 4 hours later was twice as small.. Thank You So Much for trying to understand and hopefully answer my questions!!