Egg Handling and Storage

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by nifty50chick, Sep 3, 2011.

  1. nifty50chick

    nifty50chick Chirping

    Aug 22, 2010
    Not sure if this is the correct area to post this....but I would love to hear some opinions!

    1 - How long are eggs good for in the fridge? (We do not wash our eggs, they are very clean, but if a bit of poop finds it's way onto the egg I use a fine sandpaper to scuff it off.)

    2 - When I bring the eggs in, they are often different temperatures, should I let them get to room temp before I put them in the fridge? (some are still warm from having just been laid)

    Any other considerations I should think about? [​IMG]


  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
  3. JodyJo

    JodyJo Songster

    Sep 27, 2010
    I rinse my eggs right before I crack them into a bowl, I advise my buyers to not wash them till they are ready to use.

    I do store mine in the fridge, my buyers are from the city, and they are more comfortable knowing they are chilled...they go right in,
    "hot from the oven" and all...small side down (pointy side)

    How long are they good for? I have heard up to 7 months, in a sealed container... you can always do the float test...if they sink they are fresh,
    if they float, no good.

    ** Mother Earth News is a good resource for answers as well.

    Here is the link.
    Last edited: Sep 3, 2011
  4. Pam_x

    Pam_x In the Brooder

    Jul 20, 2011
    The eggs i get off my two are enough just for me and my hubby and i never put my eggs in the fridge i keep them on the side in the kitchen but i guess we use them with in a few days and they do probs last longer in a fridge but you don't buy them from the shops in a fridge!

    mine never get poo on them so i never even clean them when i use them lol
    pam x
  5. nifty50chick

    nifty50chick Chirping

    Aug 22, 2010
    Quote:very interesting!! ....why the pointy side down??? [​IMG]
  6. Aemelia

    Aemelia Chirping

    Mar 28, 2011
    Lincoln, Nebraska
    I'm a city girl. I rinse my eggs (my chickens refuse to use the nest box no matter what I put in there) and refrigerate them. Since my girls lay them on the floor in the back corner of the coop they often get poop on them even when I gather them twice a day. I only have three pullets and I know that one of them will lay for me everyday between 11 and 12 so I try to get that one if I'm home. The other two girls are not as regular and only lay every couple days.
  7. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    I don't think there's any reason for pointy side down unless you plan to incubate.
    I don't wash eggs until I am ready to use them and I advise my egg customers to do the same; after explaining to them the reason why they shouldn't wash them.

    If you simply must wash eggs you should use water that is at least 20 degrees warmer than the egg itself. Soap or other cleaner is not necessary and *may* give the egg an off taste. Dry thoroughly and refrigerate immediately.

    I let my eggs come to room temperature before refrigerating, whether they are coming from a hot coop or a very cold one.

    I only refrigerate the eggs I intend to sell. The ones for my family's use and the ones I give to my DSD I don't refrigerate.
  8. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Quote:Ohhhh my girls would be broken of that habit real quick; even if it meant I had to spend all of my time out in the chicken coop breaking them of it.
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  9. dbounds10

    dbounds10 Songster

    Mar 15, 2011
    Fort Worth, Tx
    I dont keep mine in the fridge, I wash before I use them. My girls lay in the box and are very clean. I collect 3 times a day. I keep mine on the counter next to my scale.

  10. GardenGal

    GardenGal Songster

    Mar 11, 2011
    Western WA
    Ooh, I like that egg rack!

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