Found one dozen eggs hidden behind the house. Possibly three days old. Are they safe to keep?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Schrods, Aug 22, 2016.

  1. Schrods

    Schrods Hatching

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    So Im trying to find info on egg collecting. I usually collect daily or every other day at the longest. Today I found one dozen eggs hidden behind the house. They were not there four days ago. Id hate to throw that many eggs out. Are they safe to keep?
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Chicken tender Premium Member

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    I personally would throw them out or feed them back to your chickens. Why risk it for a dozen eggs.
     
  3. Puddin Fluff

    Puddin Fluff Crowing

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    If you take them and put them in a bucket of water, and any float to the top, discard them. If they stay laying on the bottom, or even if they stand on end, but don't float off the bottom, they are edible.
     
  4. carlf

    carlf Chirping

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    Eggs stay "good " in the nest for up to 14 days before hens start to set. So 4 days old, they should be fine. But test them as noted above.


    You need to pen up your hens to get them back to laying in the nest boxes, if that was 4 days worth of eggs, at least 4 hens laid in that spot!
     
  5. bbhorsefly

    bbhorsefly Chirping

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    I had an EE that inexplicably "stopped laying" earlier this year for about a week and a half. I thought it was very odd until I found a small trail of her green eggs leading to a small clutch under a bush in my front yard. There were 8 eggs in total. I did the float test and they all tested "fresh"! They were delicious! Not a thing wrong with them.
    I had people tell me I HAD to "lock the whole flock up for at least a week to retrain her to lay in the boxes." I wasn't willing to do that from the get so I just clipped the branch that made that spot private and she went straight back to laying in the boxes!
     
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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  7. GC-Raptor

    GC-Raptor Crowing

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    4 out of 5 of my girls lay by 10am. So if you can open the coop at 10am, give that a try. Increase 1 hour increments as needed till you see success. GC
     
  8. Schrods

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    Thanks for the advice! My hens have only been laying for about a month so I'll try keeping them in the coop more in the morning. A few hens have started staying outside at night with the goats so I'm guessing these are my outside layers.
     
  9. carlf

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    Get them hens into the pen and keep them there for at least week.
    Letting them roost outside is just offering them up to the coons & owls.
    Plus by locking them in the pen will get them back to laying in the coop.
     

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