Egg safety question in very hot weather

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by prairiepearls, Jul 20, 2010.

  1. prairiepearls

    prairiepearls Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've looked through the forum and not seen an answer to my exact question. I've read that unrefrigerated eggs several days old are perfectly safe to eat, but *how* unrefrigerated?

    I found an egg this morning that I'm certain was laid two days ago. (Only one of our hens has started laying -- 4 days ago, and I can account for the other 3 eggs.)

    We've had highs near 100 degrees the past few days, lows in the upper 70s. Is that too high a temp for the egg to be safe after two days? (not worried about quality loss, just safety.)
     
  2. booker81

    booker81 Redneck Tech Girl

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    I'd float it and see if it sinks...if it does, I'd eat it - after cracking into a separate dish to make sure it looked and smelled fine.
     
  3. Cloverleaf Farm

    Cloverleaf Farm Bearded Birds are Best

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    Quote:x2!!
     
  4. blake101

    blake101 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    From what I have read you will be fine. If you bring them inside they will last up to 3 months unrefridgerated and up to 5 months refridgerated if you don't wash the Bloom off. A few days in the coop will not make a difference...Happy eating....
     
  5. Cloverleaf Farm

    Cloverleaf Farm Bearded Birds are Best

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    Quote:Are you sure you don't mean "weeks"? From what I've read on here, max time out of the fridge is a couple of weeks. I don't know about everyone else, but I don't keep eggs IN my fridge for more than 5-6 weeks, and certainly wouldn't think of eating one that had been in there for 5 months... [​IMG]
     
  6. booker81

    booker81 Redneck Tech Girl

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    Actually, I've read the same. I've had eggs in the fridge for three months, sink tested them good, ate them with no effects. The water test hasn't failed me yet! [​IMG]
     
  7. blake101

    blake101 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Are you sure you don't mean "weeks"? From what I've read on here, max time out of the fridge is a couple of weeks. I don't know about everyone else, but I don't keep eggs IN my fridge for more than 5-6 weeks, and certainly wouldn't think of eating one that had been in there for 5 months... [​IMG]

    What I read said months... I will try to find it and post the link...I was a little surprised. I believe the study was done by a college if I remember right. The bloom is the inportant part of it lasting, it need to stay on...
     
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  8. Cloverleaf Farm

    Cloverleaf Farm Bearded Birds are Best

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    weird...ya, I'd love to read the link!! Thanks! [​IMG]
     
  9. booker81

    booker81 Redneck Tech Girl

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  10. Rohnasmom

    Rohnasmom Out Of The Brooder

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    Wow interesting, good to know information on that subject, as my girls have occasionally dropped and egg in a new place and I didnt see it for a day...I always threw it out. Water testing to the rescue! Thanks guys and girls!
     

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