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Eggs can sit out for a few weeks but can I wash them

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by simondsrach, Apr 30, 2017.

  1. simondsrach

    simondsrach Hatching

    Aug 8, 2016
    So I know eggs can sit out on the counter for a few weeks. But I was just researching this a bit before I left some eggs out to take camping and read if you wash them you have to refrigerate them. So can I wash them and still leave them out for a week .

  2. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Crowing

    Oct 16, 2010
    NEK, VT
    I wouldn't. The gig with washing is you take off the natural bloom on the eggs. That bloom is what protects eggs from bacteria infiltrating the shell. The rule of thumb is once washed the eggs must be refrigerated. If you don't wash them they can sit on your counter for month or more.
  3. Folly's place

    Folly's place Free Ranging

    Sep 13, 2011
    southern Michigan
    It's also been seen that one day at room temperature equals a week in the frig. Mine get washed and refrigerated. If I lived without electricity, they would be out, and used up sooner. Mary

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