Egg Question

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by GoArmy, Jun 30, 2011.

  1. GoArmy

    GoArmy In the Brooder

    May 24, 2011
    So..... once the ladies start laying..... Do I have to collect the eggs immediately? What if I am gone 24-48 hours? Would I need to toss any eggs I find when I get home?
  2. duckinnut

    duckinnut Songster

    Jul 18, 2010
    Marshfield, Ma.
    No ,not at all. The only thing I would worry about is breakage. Not sure how many chicks you got and how many boxes, but i have 4 or 5 that lay in the same box. Got 10 layers and 7 boxes. So there might be a chance of too many eggs in a box if your gone 48 hours.That would increase the risk for damage,at that age you dont want to teach them that eggs are yummy. Besides that there are some people that dont even put their eggs in the fridge, the one thing the fridge does is stop the fertilization process as well as extend shelf life. I remember as a kid my grandmother always keep eggs on the counter in a basket with a towel over them. 40 plus years and still on the right side of the dirt.
  3. ketcham

    ketcham Chirping

    Apr 8, 2011
    I wish my grandparents were still around.My dad has been a little help,but not much.I should have paid more attenion when I was a kid.My dads parents had a garden and chickens.I do great in gardens and first year growing chickens.They ar getting big but no eggs yet.Grandma kept eggs out in basket covered too!!!A lot of things are getting lost in the old ways of doing stuff.Kevin [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
  4. aggie9296

    aggie9296 Songster

    Jan 28, 2011
    Panama City, FL
    They re fine for 2-3 days, but it does encourage broodiness to leave them in the nest.

    If they are fertile and being sat on for a few days, they could start to develop. If not fertile or are not being sat on, won't be an issue.

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