Found an egg outside the coop...

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Sleepy71, Nov 22, 2011.

  1. Sleepy71

    Sleepy71 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi all,

    While letting the hens free-range yesterday, I was walking around and checking things out. I stumbled upon an egg from one of my girls, but not sure which one. I don't know how many days it's been out there, but the shell was in good shape. When I thump on the egg, it sounds like it's lighter when compared to others I already have in the fridge. And, it sounds like I'm thumping a glass shell, as it has a distinct "ring" to it, unlike the others. I also weighed it to compare the refrigerated eggs and it was about the same. How long can an egg be left outside, unrefrigerated, and still be safe to eat?
     
  2. Avalon1984

    Avalon1984 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 22, 2010
    Muskegon
    Quote:I would think it depends on your temperature. We currently are going down into the 20’s at night. Not so good for eggs I would think. Maybe just toss it out or feed it back to the girls?
     
  3. Starlight 451

    Starlight 451 Out Of The Brooder

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    You can test if an egg is good to eat, if it floats in water it's not fresh and you should just toss it back out [​IMG]

    we have left eggs outside for up to five days before, does depend on how cold it is.
     
  4. EatonsatCantas

    EatonsatCantas Out Of The Brooder

    Just crack it into a bowl and if it looks good and smells fine then eat it!
     
  5. bleith

    bleith Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:agreed
     
  6. Sleepy71

    Sleepy71 Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Cool! Just did it and it sank right to the bottom. I'll do the smell test, too. [​IMG]
     

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