Hot eggs in the coop -- OK to eat?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by GGchick, Jun 10, 2011.

  1. GGchick

    GGchick Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi there, just wondering if I should worry about eggs spoiling in our crazy hot Kentucky weather? On days I work, eggs sit in our coop for 8+ hours, and it's been getting up to 100 degrees in the coop. Can the eggs go bad? And, I wonder if it's better to get them to room temperature before going in the fridge, so they don't go from really hot to really cold quickly? Advice?
    Thanks!
     
  2. duckinnut

    duckinnut Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Get more ventilation in the coop thats way too hot for the chickens. As far as them going bad I am not sure. Popular belief is that you think they would but I have seen people post that they leave them in a basket on the counter until they eat them. Refridgeration does two things stops the fertilization process and preserves the eggs longer. Often times store eggs are up to 3 months old. But if you look at the hen she sits on the egg till it hatches,so you think its not bad to be hot.
     
  3. GGchick

    GGchick Out Of The Brooder

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    Well there's not much more I can do to ventilate the coop. If it's 98-100 outside it can't get much cooler inside the coop unless I install an air conditioner, which I'm pretty sure my hubby would divorce me over! The coop has 2 windows, the door into the run, a ceiling vent, and I have a fan in one of the windows. So it's ventilated to the max. The girls spend a lot of time under the coop in the dirt with frozen 2-liter bottles I put under there.

    To your point, though, about hot eggs -- if a chicken is what 95-100 degrees body temp, then I suppose the egg is OK at the temp for several hours. I guess I will not worry about it.
     
  4. Momo

    Momo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Don't worry about the eggs. Nature has designed them to sit for a looong time before they go bad. They'll be just fine to eat unless you chop them up and mix them with mayonnaise and *then* leave them in a hot coop all day! [​IMG]
     
  5. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    You do realize they come out of a hen "hot", right? [​IMG] They'll be fine collected at the end of the day.
     
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  8. GGchick

    GGchick Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks everybody!!
     
  9. char259

    char259 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's amazing how many times I come here to post a question only to find the answer in someone else's post.

    Thanks!

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  10. ronikins

    ronikins Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Meee tooo!

    For the record, I leave my eggs on the counter in my kitchen. None get refridgerated. I store all excess in the basement that is usually about 75~ degrees (F). We keep the thermostat in the house at 83 degrees. My eggs are in the coop til we close them up around 9pm. It's been about, on average, 85 degrees here. I sell my eggs, and we eat them. (Knock on wood) we haven't had a problem yet!
     

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