Eggs ok to eat after 5 day vacation?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by FLchook, Sep 2, 2011.

  1. FLchook

    FLchook Chillin' With My Peeps

    391
    2
    141
    Oct 27, 2007
    Orlando, Florida
    Hi guys,

    I thought the neighbor who was taking care of my girls would have picked up the eggs, but they didn't. So now I have 20 beautiful eggs sitting in the nest box taunting me. The oldest would be 5 days old. Inside I know they would be ok, but they have been outside in the summer heat of high 80's... so whatcha think?

    Shannon
     
  2. chickschool

    chickschool Chillin' With My Peeps

    460
    2
    111
    Mar 5, 2011
    Traverse City, MI
    I'm kinda thinking they might be ok. You'll know for sure when you break them open. [​IMG]
     
  3. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

    6,034
    837
    336
    Oct 16, 2010
    NEK, VT
    Should be fine. If your nervous you can float test them. If one end is still sitting on bottom they are fresh. Hovers in water off bottom they're ok but wont be fresh so just feed those few back to chickens.
     
  4. Hinotori

    Hinotori Silver Feathers Premium Member

    4,374
    1,251
    346
    Apr 27, 2011
    Graham, WA
    My hubby wouldn't eat the eggs when we were gone 4 days, even after I float tested them and showed him they were good. So the dogs and chickens got scrambled eggs. We get enough eggs every day I didn't worry about them.
     
  5. kidcody

    kidcody Overrun With Chickens

    As long as they were not in the direct sun. Also even Martha Stewart says eggs can be left out of the counter for several days and be just fine! [​IMG]
     
  6. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    As long as the eggs were not fertile OR highs were below about 85 if they were, there shouldn't be any development of chicks in the eggs at all. If shell is intact, nothing wrong with eating the eggs. Crack them individually into dishes if you are that worried, but they shouldn't spoil. Storing eggs in the fridge isn't all that common in most countries.
     
  7. bleith

    bleith Chillin' With My Peeps

    212
    2
    101
    Aug 10, 2010
    West Dundee IL
    eat um lol
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by