How long are eggs fresh

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by kimbwired, Nov 15, 2007.

  1. kimbwired

    kimbwired New Egg

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    I've been searching the internet in general for an answer as to how long the eggs my chickens lay will be safe to eat, most info I found was in regards to store bought eggs.

    Can someone tell me how long the eggs will be safe to eat (without having to do a water test to see if they float or sink!!)? We collect daily and store in the fridge.

    Thanks in advance! Kim
     
  2. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

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    Storey's Guide to Chickens states that homegrown eggs will store in the fridge for 5 weeks in egg cartons.

    Dawn
     
  3. bigzio

    bigzio Overrun With Chickens

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    Home-grown eggs collected often and placed in the fridge will keep for months. The eggs older than a couple months will have runny egg whites, however they are still safe to eat.

    bigzio
     
  4. ruth

    ruth Life is a Journey

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    I leave my fresh eggs out - at room temp for a week or two. I find they taste so much better fresh without having been refrigerated. If we don't eat them within a week or give them away, I refrigerate them. I find that refrigeration takes away from the fresh taste a bit in almost everything - I leave fresh fruits and vegetables out also and never refrigerate fresh tomatoes or they end up tasting like store bought. I also know that the "old timers" didn't refrigerate their eggs. So far we're all as healthy as can be.
     
  5. gretchen

    gretchen Out Of The Brooder

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    I agree, with the counter top eggs that is. We keep ours out on the counter for a week and then I would put them in the fridge but they never last that long.... If you bake a lot you are supposed to use room temp eggs, so now I don't "temper" my eggs, they already are room temp. I should say that I don't wash them, I believe the bloom on them before washing keeps them from getting bacteria. If I collect a "dirty" egg I usually try to use it right away or I wash it and put it in the fridge.
     
  6. ozark hen

    ozark hen Living My Dream

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    here is a link to how long you can keep fresh, unwashed eggs without refrigerating them. Be sure to read seachick's answer on this link. I have since gotten over my "skittishness" of storing them outside the fridge. [​IMG] I hardly ever put any in the fridge now. The eggs taste wonderful. Extras are given/sold away. everyone loves them.
     
  7. ruth

    ruth Life is a Journey

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    Yeah, I should have added that I don't wash them either. They have a protective coating and are totally free range and natural.
     
  8. ozark hen

    ozark hen Living My Dream

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    Quote:I forgot, too, I don't wash them either ..if they are especially dirty then I wash just before I use them.
     
  9. ruth

    ruth Life is a Journey

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    Quote:Hey, you've got me curious as to what SeaChick said - where's that link?
     
  10. ozark hen

    ozark hen Living My Dream

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