Found egg in run, safe to eat or balut?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by gtaus, Oct 1, 2019.

  1. gtaus

    gtaus Crowing

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    This morning I was repiling the leaves in the chicken run to make a large mound for the chickens to scratch through. I discovered an egg in the leaves, buried about 4 inches deep. It was a white egg, so I know that hen has only been laying for 2 weeks. Our daytime temps are around 60F and nights dropping into low 40F's. After washing the egg off, the white shell is stained brown from the leaves. Other than the discoloration of the shell, the egg is in good shape, but I don't know how old it is.

    Is this egg safe to eat or is it closer to a balut at this point? OK, I know it's not a fertilized egg, so not technically a balut. But is it safe to eat or should I hard boil this egg and feed it back to the chickens? What is the best method to do with a found egg and the age is uncertain?
     
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  2. Julesstarohio56

    Julesstarohio56 Songster

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    I just hurl those kind of eggs into the woods. I wouldn’t want to crack it open not knowing what odor would emanate. Lol
     
  3. Ginmary

    Ginmary Songster

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    Put it in water. If it sinks it should be good. If it was loose in the run, it most likely was not sat upon. Otherwise you would have noticed a broody on it.
     
  4. NimTheOrpington

    NimTheOrpington In the Brooder

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    I agree
     
  5. gtaus

    gtaus Crowing

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    Yeah, I thought about the smell. Would be able to glove up crack it open outside, I guess. No matter what, the wife will not know about it.....

    Need to keep peace in the family. :hugs A smelly egg would not impress her.
     
  6. GC-Raptor

    GC-Raptor Crowing

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    Chuck it! GC
     
  7. gtaus

    gtaus Crowing

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    OK, the water test. My pullets are only 22 weeks old, and none have been broody as most have not started laying yet.
     
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  8. WVduckchick

    WVduckchick For The Birds!

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    I candle eggs that I find in the run. If the air cell is small, I keep it. If its big, I toss them.
     
  9. gtaus

    gtaus Crowing

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    It may come to that. Just considering my options first.
     
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  10. GC-Raptor

    GC-Raptor Crowing

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    That's reason to believe it's been sitting in the leaves for awhile. GC
     
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