Finding an egg later in the afternoon? Still ok to eat?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chicamama, Jul 16, 2008.

  1. chicamama

    chicamama Songster

    Mar 12, 2008
    Topanga Ca
    Well, what do you know. My little free range mamas stayed locked up this am and I come home to find 2 eggs in their run. I'm thinking they are laying later in the morning (after I let them out).

    Hmmmm....that said, how long is an egg good if it sits in a run for the day?
  2. depends.... did it spend the day in 101 degree heat and direct sunlight?

    If not, then your probably ok to eat it. I put mine in the fridge after getting home from being at work all day, and they've always been ok.
  3. hensdeliverthegoods

    hensdeliverthegoods Songster

    Dec 18, 2007
    Catawba County, NC
    Most hens will lay an egg approximately every 25 hours. So naturally the time of day that they lay will change, although mine only lay in daylight hours. You may want to adjust the time of day you let them out to free range if you want to catch the eggs. [​IMG]
  4. chicamama

    chicamama Songster

    Mar 12, 2008
    Topanga Ca
    Quote:Not sure about direct sun.
    80 degrees?
  5. crooked stripe

    crooked stripe Songster

    Jan 14, 2008
    N.E Ohio- Suffield
    Should be fine. Not everyone in the past had refrigerators and they ate the eggs. Train those chickens to lay in the nest box and you won't have any trouble. Even if layed in the run they probably aren't in the sun all day. John
  6. chicamama

    chicamama Songster

    Mar 12, 2008
    Topanga Ca
    Quote:Any tips on training them to lay in theor box?
  7. Wolf-Kim

    Wolf-Kim Songster

    Jan 25, 2008
    To train them to lay in the nestboxes, lock them up for about a week and put a golfball or fake egg in the nests. One per nest should do fine. If I let my hens out to free-range they will typically lay later in the day, and if they cannot get back into the coop to lay, they lay somewhere else. Some people put a nestbox outside their coop, if the coop does not stay open all day. That way the hens always have access to a nest.

    The eggs you find later in the day should be fine to eat, just get them inside.

  8. Davaroo

    Davaroo Poultry Crank

    Feb 4, 2007
    Leesville, SC
    In a word, yes.

    It was common practice in the old days to eat the infertile eggs ("clears") from the incubator.

    A few hours outside oughta do it no harm.
  9. ruby

    ruby Songster

    Apr 10, 2008
    Gold Hill, Alabama
    My hens only free range in the afternoon, but I have a couple of girls that lay in the late afternoon. My oldest kid says it's because I'm always late! lol..... she's right I'm never on time, either early or late.... but living in Alabama it's hot all the time. I never had a problem. Only now my girls are playing hide and seek. They have been laying all over the coop, the only ones I throw away are the ones that look like they have been buried in the hay for a couple of days.

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