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how do you know if eggs are bad??

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by rabbott, Oct 2, 2012.

  1. rabbott

    rabbott Out Of The Brooder

    May 13, 2011
    just found a random clutch of eggs all from different hens... i know that its at least 9 days worth becuz of the 1 EE green egg per day... are they all bad and need to be thrown out?? it has beeen hot about 100 daily but nobody has been sitting on the eggs....
  2. Chambertin

    Chambertin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 6, 2012
    Funabashi Japan
    My Coop
    Probably bad for eating and anything unless you have a broody and a rooster.
    I'd toss them unless you think they are fertile.

    It may sound gross but a fertile egg under a broody can be eaten at any stage safely.
    Though I'd highly recommend cooking it.

    As far as infertile eggs, as long as it doesnt smell... you can try it.
    A rotten egg has a very obvious warning signal, but I have no idea about shelf life for infertile eggs.
    Here in China, back in Korea, and out in the countryside in Japan they dont refrigerate their eggs, but I have little details on the process and time constraints. I've only been thinking and learning about fertile eggs lately.
  3. off-grid hen

    off-grid hen Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 1, 2011
    Upstate NY
    I agree with what was already said.
    I don't mean to get off topic, but have you or anyone else you know eaten a century egg? Are they even made or consumed anymore? I googled this when I first got chickens and I am extremely curious, lol.
    Last edited: Oct 3, 2012
  4. just me

    just me Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 18, 2012
    North Carolina
    Put them in a bowl of water. If they sink, they're good. If they start to stand up, they're not as fresh, but still okay to eat. If they float, they're no good.
  5. Chambertin

    Chambertin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 6, 2012
    Funabashi Japan
    My Coop
    Had them, they're quite popular in the Canton area. (Guangdong province) The whole country has slightly different recipes and tastes.

    I dont care for them much, but I havent had anything but the typical porridge mix style.
    It tastes like an old hardboiled egg with a salty runny yolk.

    Post is Broken... I can only do a WALL OF TEXT. Try agai later.
    Last edited: Oct 4, 2012
  6. ramirezframing

    ramirezframing Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 2, 2011
    Knee Deep
    after not getting eggs outta one pen for a week and my temps wont as high as yours, I candled them and the oldest had started to develop, so I threw them all out as I had no broody. So candle and than float test before you eat.
  7. jak2002003

    jak2002003 Overrun With Chickens

    Oct 24, 2009
    Here in Thailand we eat them a lot. We have 2 main kinds. The first one is a chicken egg, and the shell is coloured pink. When you open it up the egg inside is black and looks like jelly - very strong taste on its own, but delicious when mixed with a spicy salad or other food.

    The other one is a salty egg. This is made form a ducks egg and soaked in very salty water for many days. The egg inside looks like a normal hard boiled egg, but the shell is very chalky. The egg tastes - salty! This is delicious, although the first time I had one I though I had just bitten into a rotten egg!

    The pink egg was traditionally made by burying in under the ground in straw soaked in horse urine! I am not sure they still make them like that - I don't want to think about that part.

    I know some people that also eat the eggs when they have a developing chick inside - feathers and everything. I have not tried that (and probably will never do).
  8. collisinana

    collisinana Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 3, 2012
    You could candle the eggs. If there is a lot of air space at the top they are probably really old, but if there is only a little you should be fine.
  9. off-grid hen

    off-grid hen Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 1, 2011
    Upstate NY
    Thanks guys! Yes, I think the thread is broken, I just got a notification email that someone responded..

    I only knew of the pink- shelled black jelly buried egg. Sounds horrendous. :D
    Last edited: Oct 4, 2012

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