Found a Hidden Nest - Now What?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Ravie, Feb 24, 2011.

  1. Ravie

    Ravie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 4, 2010
    Greenfield, Indiana
    I found a nest of 16 eggs. I don't know how long they've been there. Some were cracked due to freezing but many looked just fine. Of the eggs that looked fine, some went "thunk" when I shook them which I assume is a frozen yolk rattling about. I set these aside for use in dog food.

    Some eggs were uncracked and felt solid when I shook them. Those I set aside for eating. The outside temperature hasn't been above 50 for many days and the nights have been at freezing or a few degrees above. Is there any possibility that the solid-feeling eggs are good for eating?

    Is there anyway to tell if the egg is still good? Nobody sits on these so I know none have developed (yes, I do have a rooster).

    Also, I replaced the eggs in the nest with golf balls. I hope the chickens keep laying in their golf-ball nests.
  2. Lesa

    Lesa Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 28, 2008
    Upstate NY
    With your temps- I don't see how they could be spoiled... I would try cracking them open and see what happens. I wouldn't do it over a fry pan- just in case they are icky...
  3. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    They also make great chicken feed, shells and all, scrambled, no salt. [​IMG]
  4. BarefootMom

    BarefootMom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 20, 2010
    Half Way, Missouri
    do the float test to if they are spoiled- if the float they are spoiled.

    and I would crack open in another container just in case.

    I found a stash a few weeks ago and 8/10 were bloody and bad.
  5. Ravie

    Ravie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 4, 2010
    Greenfield, Indiana
    Thanks guys. The floating idea is a good one. Am I right to assume that the eggs that went "thunk" are probably NOT good?

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