Egg Gathering & Refrigeration

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by HIBBLEZOOEIEIO, Jan 29, 2009.



    Oct 6, 2008
    Eastern NC
    Ok... I admit, I'm new to this chicken trend, but I'm LOVING it .... I have raised 10 baby chicks are they are due to lay anytime.. My questions - Is there a particular time when the girls lay their eggs (such as in the morning or at dusk or is it just whenever)... Do I clean the eggs with water or what...... And, How much time do I have to get the egg from the nest to the refrigerator without them spoiling....

    I also raised 6 baby mallard female ducks.... Will they lay eggs too?
  2. thechickenchick

    thechickenchick Born city, Living country

    Mar 8, 2008
    Eaton, Colorado
    Welcome to our world!!

    Mine tend to lay before noon. There is always 1 egg at 7 when I open the door, the rest follow suit!

    Your best bet is not wash them if you can help it. This washes the natural protective coating off. If you must wash, use those first.

    Some folks here never refrigerate. In the summer I do, in the winter thre are always eggs on the counter in a basket! There pretty! [​IMG]
  3. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    I don't refrigerate my eggs. I only wash them if they are very messy and then I use those straight away. Others I brush the dust off with a cloth.

    Eggs room temp on the counter cook better than refrigerated eggs.
  4. jprinc44

    jprinc44 Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 29, 2008
    south-central Va.
    If you must wash, use lukewarm-not hot waternad wash the poop or dirt off and air dry before refrigerating. Air dry completely before putting in a carton or box in the fridge. I have let mine sit for a couple days before washing due to lack of sales or whatever, and not had any problems, but would probably be best in a cool room.
    HTH Janet
  5. RockyToggRanch

    RockyToggRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 22, 2008
    Upstate NY
    Yes your mallards will lay eggs.

    My chicken eggs rarely need washing. They are usually spotless. I keep clean shavings in the nest boxes. I do refrigerate my eggs and I only wash them when I go to cook them. I don't think my girls have a set time that they lay. Although they are farely young. Maybe they'll establish a routine when they're older.
  6. Chick_a_dee

    Chick_a_dee Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2008
    Peterborough, ON
    Mine lay in the morning, usually anywhere from 6-11AM and we collect depending on weather. If its super freezing out, we'll collect earlier and several times to ensure that none freeze and break. If its warm out, we'll collect around 9am so they have some time.

    We don't refrigerate our eating eggs, they're kept on the counter in a basket BUT our selling eggs are rinsed and refrigerated in a separate fridge to our personal one. We have a mini fridge to keep them in.

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