Egg Safety - Lay time vs refrig. time

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by dusky233, Jun 27, 2010.

  1. dusky233

    dusky233 New Egg

    Jun 27, 2010
    Normally collect eggs daily, but now that summer is upon us we will be taking weekend fishing trips frequently. Question, what is a safe time for eggs to go uncollected before being refrigerated? For example, we left Saturday morning at 2am (of course no eggs at this time) and returned Sunday night at 9 pm and collected 16 eggs (2 per hen) which promptly went into the fridge. Coop and laying boxes are completely shaded and daytime air temps would have been around 90 degrees.

    Thanks in advance, dusky233
  2. CalebtheChicken

    CalebtheChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 5, 2010
    Jeremiah, Ky.
    In my experience, eggs are good for about 3 weeks outside of the fridge.
  3. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    I don't know for sure, but check out these pics of egg development: Doesn't look like much is going on for the first couple days.

    Imp- I'd still refrigerate, and feel sqeamish.

    Can you get a neighbor to pick up Saturday?
  4. TipsyDog

    TipsyDog Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2009
    Aregua, Paraguay
    I've left eggs that long in the boxes also. It's not a problem, your eggs will be fine. [​IMG]
  5. rhaj

    rhaj Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 30, 2010
    NE'ern Connecticut
    What if they are left from Fri AM to Monday afternoon? Would they all have to be thrown away then?
  6. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Quote:No you would not need to throw away. At 4 days veining is just started. Depending on your stomach you could still eat or feed back to your animals or incubate/hatch.

    I think I'd go back to store eggs though. [​IMG]

    Imp- Say: Rare Balut
  7. Buttercup Chillin

    Buttercup Chillin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 27, 2008
    SouthEast TX
    If there is any doubt, just do the float test.
  8. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

    Aug 13, 2007
    North/Central Florida
    Quote:You'll have lost a little quality, but the eggs should still be perfectly safe to eat.
    Quote:I would not throw them away myself, but would rather keep them for the famiy to eat or use them in making the dog's food. There will be some quality loss, but they should still be safe to eat. I personally won't sell or give away an egg that has lain in the nest box for three days, but if they were not cracked, left in the sun, or heavily soiled would not be adverse to eating them myself.
  9. crysmom

    crysmom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 24, 2007
    i would eat them

    sometimes when my birds have been out free ranging for a few days i'll notice a drop in eggs but sure enough a day or two later i'll come across a nest full of eggs (2 or 3 ) hiding under a bush I just pull the eggs out and float them in water if they lie on the bottom they are fresh if they stand up on end not nearly as fresh and if they are buoyant in the compost they go. These are eggs for me and my family I don't sell eggs at all i'm comfortable consuming them

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