I've been watching for my new chickens to start laying, and thought I was looking in all the likely spots. I just found a whole bunch of eggs that have been in my backyard, in the shade, for possibly as much as a week. I carefully cracked and smelled them all, and there is no odor whatsoever. Would I be able to smell something if they were bad? I mean, I know rotten eggs stink bad, but is no smell any indication of whether they are safe to eat? (Cooked well.) I've read on this forum that some people have kept eggs on the counter for up to a few weeks with no trouble. When I call the extension, of course they have to be ultra conservative and say I should throw them out. But what's the REAL truth?