Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by gram4trevor, Oct 8, 2008.

  1. gram4trevor

    gram4trevor Hatching

    Oct 8, 2008
    I'm new at raising chickens, yesterday I found an egg in the hen house, but don't know when it was laid. How long can eggs stay in the hen house?

  2. Country Gal

    Country Gal Songster

    Feb 2, 2007
    Capac, MI
    I think it all depends on the temperature... I try to collect my eggs every day in the summer months so they don't get too hot, in the fall I can get away with missing a day if I'm not around, in the winter I have to collect them as soon as I can otherwise they freeze and explode! It probably comes down to "crack it open and see"...
  3. redoak

    redoak Songster

    Feb 27, 2008
    Russia, NY
    I've read an egg ages a week on the kitchen counter for every one day in the frig. That said the last time we bought store eggs they were over 2 months old and still "good". So if your coop temp is anything like kitchen counter temp, then a few days or a week sitting in the coop they should be ok. Then again I always error on the side of safety.

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