Found a hidden nest, how long are the eggs good?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Szollman, Aug 2, 2011.

  1. Szollman

    Szollman Out Of The Brooder

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    I found a secret spot in my coop that a few of my banties have been using, don't think more than a few days as there were only 4 eggs in there and I only have 4 banties. I've also gotten banty eggs from the nest boxes, so I don't think they've been accumulating for too long. How long are eggs good when left uncollected in the coop, especially in this heat? How can I tell if they've gone bad? Anyone have any ideas?
     
  2. colebarnhart

    colebarnhart Chillin' With My Peeps

    Give them a sniff [​IMG]

    I've read that as long as the bloom stays on eggs do not need refrigeration for a month. Never tried it myself, but haven't had to go with out power either.
     
  3. kidcody

    kidcody Overrun With Chickens

    You could place them in water to see if they float?? Or sink?
     
  4. CandiceN

    CandiceN Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was going to suggest the float test. If they sink, they're fine. If they float, toss em.
     
  5. Szollman

    Szollman Out Of The Brooder

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    That's what we were thinking, that they should be fine. We are going to do the float test before we eat them, though, and also crack them into a bowl by themselves before throwing them in the skillet. Thanks for the input!
     

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