Duck eggs and cold tempratures

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by jbugw, Mar 27, 2015.

  1. jbugw

    jbugw Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 8, 2014
    My ducks lay sometime overnight so when I let them out in the morning (around 7am) and check for eggs they are quite cold, sometimes even frozen. Our temps right now are in the teens or 20's overnight. I read somewhere that once an egg has been frozen you can let it thaw in the fridge but after they have to be stored in the fridge. My question is- Is it ok to leave my eggs that are cold but not frozen on the counter. Or because they are cold in a duck house that is about high 30's to 40ish degrees do they need to be refrigerated? Is it safe for them to go through a 20 to 30 degree temperature change if they were to go from the duck house to the counter? I'd like to give some away or sell some but I want to make sure they are safely stored, advise the recipient on how they should be stored storage.
  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

    Jan 3, 2010
    Southern New England
    I would keep them refrigerated. I think the concern may be that if the egg has been cold, if it warms up, water may condense on it, and wet shells may increase the risk of bacteria crossing through the shell into the egg. But I may not remember that quite right…..

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