I doubt any of you remember me, but my family got six chicks back in April/May. Our intention was to get three, but we had to get six, so we rehomed three of them and are left with three. One RIR, two production reds. The chicks free range, mostly roost in the barn at night. Friday night, I went out to the barn to move some hay from our hay stall into the tack room and found seven eggs. They were on a pile of hay, just inside the door, behind a pallet that had been propped up to keep the horse out of the hay. I picked them up, carried them to the house to show my uber excited husband, but we decided to not eat them, since I have absolutely no idea how long they'd been there. The last time I was in the hay stall was about three weeks ago, so as far as I know whichever hen it was could have been adding to her pile over a three week period. Anyway, I was sick Saturday, so DH fed the horse and didn't check for eggs in the hay stall. But Sunday (yesterday) evening when I went to feed the horse, I checked and found two more eggs. She could have laid them Saturday? One Saturday, one Sunday? I have no idea. I know, bad egg keeping on my part. So, this morning when I went down to do my barn chores, I checked and no more eggs. So, when I go to put the horse back up in a couple hours, I'll check again. I like that she/they are laying in the hay as it makes it easier to find the eggs.... aside from the prosepect of attracting snakes. But, DH was asking me this morning.... how long can eggs lay in the hay before they're no longer safe to eat? If they're there a day, would they make us sick? Or am I going to be checking for eggs all day long to make sure I get them up while they're fresh?