My hen just laid her first egg! We are so excited!!! Unfortunately, it is cracked But that's ok, we at least know she "works". This is our first experience with chickens (we have 1 hen, 1 rooster and 2 ducks). My questions now are about these eggs. If we are collecting the eggs for consumption, how soon do we need to get them out of the laying box? I saw plenty of info on collecting eggs for hatching, so I'm wanting to know about egg collection for breakfast. How long can they remain in the pen before collection and they still be good/safe to eat? How long will they keep in the fridge? Is the cracked egg good for anything? Like if she just laid it today, is it safe to eat today? Tomorrow? Or should I give it to Templeton? Will it hatch if put in the incubator or left for the hen to hatch it?