found a clutch of eggs...

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by oneluckychick, Jan 15, 2010.

  1. oneluckychick

    oneluckychick New Egg

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    Our auracanas have recently been erratic in their laying, and today I found out why. I watched one go under the steps and saw her lay an egg on top of 10 others. After some de-construction work on the steps, I got the eggs and they all passed the float test, but I am still wondering if they will be good to eat. It has been COLD here the last 2 weeks, lows in the teens. the eggs were right next to my house, so maybe? I don't know. Any help?
     
  2. Kat'sChicks

    Kat'sChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    First, let me say welcome to posting! I would think your eggs should be fine to eat as long as they didn't freeze resulting in cracked shells.
     
  3. oneluckychick

    oneluckychick New Egg

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    Thank you! I read lots of posts and my questions usually get answered that way [​IMG] But, no, I don't see any cracking. They had dug a little hole and laid in there, so that might help them from freezing. They all lay flat on their sides when put in a pitcher of water. So it looks promising. Thanks for the quick reply.
     
  4. mom'sfolly

    mom'sfolly Overrun With Chickens

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    I found a clutch of 15 after a two week vacation. That was summer in Texas, they all passed the float test, and tasted fine. As I'm still here, as are the kiddos and hubby, I think you'll be okay eating the eggs. They might even be old enough to peel well when hard boiled....I see egg salad or deviled eggs in your near future. [​IMG]
     
  5. PandoraTaylor

    PandoraTaylor RT Poultry n Things

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    [​IMG] from Alaska

    Thanks for joining us.

    the eggs should be fine if they passed the float test.
     
  6. billfields

    billfields Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Float test??
     
  7. chocolate m'scovy

    chocolate m'scovy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:The "float test" is how you test questionable eggs. Put the eggs in a container filled with water. Each egg has an air sac inside the shell that expands with age. An egg that floats has a large air sac and is too old for eating. One that stands straight up is stale( usually 2-3 weeks). Eggs' larger ends will tip up slightly when they are about one week old. Fresh eggs should lay flat.
     
  8. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    Incubate!
     
  9. farmin'chick

    farmin'chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Candle to look for cracks, in case they froze just enough to break shells but not membranes -- the cracks are so fine and will close up on warming.
     

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