Egg question?

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by Dixiedoodle, Apr 25, 2009.

  1. Dixiedoodle

    Dixiedoodle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2007
    Not sure this is the correct place to ask this BUT:

    My dd was asked to chicken sit ( she knows NOTHING about chickens) but she is trying--keeping them well fed and fresh water twice a day. The owner asked her to let the silkie sit, so she wasn't collecting eggs because the hens were sharing nests and the other chickens have been adding LOTS of eggs to the nest. Today there was a total of 36 eggs in two nests and the silkie had moved to another nest and there was a HUGE hen on the largest amount of eggs --in the silkies 1st nest... and she was NOT happy about us looking at the eggs --she flogged and pecked dd (dd is 35yrs old and deals with wildlife on a reg. basis so--she thought it was funny)..

    Well, we took all but 8 eggs (the silkie was struggling to cover them --4 BO, 2 EE and 2 silkie eggs or thats my guess) and marked them with a X in pencil... We took the others out and I have them here... These eggs have not been gathered for a week...

    Questions: Are they still good for eating and how do I tell if they aren't. Our day time temps have been in the 80-90's the last 4days...

    Thank you,,,Dixie
  2. chickenannie

    chickenannie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 19, 2007
    Others may have better answers than I, but if the eggs were laid and just in the heat, they would be ok to eat, I believe.

    However, if the chicken has been setting on them around the clock they would have started developing into baby chicks. Some places (like in China) they would eat that too, but personally, I wouldn't eat eggs even in the early stages of development. I've cracked open eggs that were set on for 3-4 days and there is a tiny little embryo in there about a centimeter big.

    Anyone else?
  3. Momma_Cluck

    Momma_Cluck Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 11, 2008
    N. West Michigan
    you may find development has started in any more than 3 days old... I wouldn't eat them... JMO

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