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expiration date of eggs after hatching

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Hansen4211, Jan 20, 2012.

  1. Hansen4211

    Hansen4211 Chirping

    If I decide to sell my eggs, do I need to put an expiration date on them and if so how do I figure that out?

  2. Smiles-N-Sunshine

    Smiles-N-Sunshine Songster

    Oct 19, 2008
    Palominas, Arizona
    I wouldn't. An expiration date implies the egg is fine until that date, and questionable afterward - but once the eggs leave your hands, you have no control whether the customer stores the eggs properly or not. If anything, I'd put a "born on" date, more to help keep track of the older inventory and offer it for sale before the newer eggs. (I reuse egg cartons, and put older eggs in foam cartons, newer ones in paper cartons to help me keep track.)

    In my experience, refrigerated eggs lose their freshness well before they actually go rotten. Like day-old bread is about as nutritious as freshly baked bread, but not as tasty. Day-old bread makes fine french toast, and month-old eggs are best for hard-cooking, in my opinion.
  3. Hansen4211

    Hansen4211 Chirping

    Awesome. Thanks for the advice. I will certainly take it.

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