HOW LONG ARE EGGS GOOD....Finding Strays!!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Little Chicken Farmers, Sep 2, 2008.

  1. Little Chicken Farmers

    Little Chicken Farmers In the Brooder

    May 26, 2008
    Canby , Oregon
    I am free ranging and my hens are just laying.... trying to train them to nest boxes.....(thats a whole other but I am finding stray eggs around. I have done the float test....they sink and stay horizintal but how long do they last? They were outside....not directly in the sun....found a stash of 6 so could be a week or more outside.... I have put them in the fridge. How quick will they go bad outside? How long do fresh eggs last once in the fridge? This is my first time with "fresh" eggs and I cant seem to find any info on storage/longevity etc.....

    ...sorry if this is wrong topic area.....seemed closests..."egglaying"....
    Last edited: Sep 2, 2008
  2. Colored Egg Farmer

    Colored Egg Farmer Chicken overload

    well eggs outside really depends on the conditions they were in. Usually an egg will last a month in a refrigerator but will stay fresher longer if the egg is not washed.
  3. dot123

    dot123 Hatching

    Aug 20, 2008
    Austin, TX
    I used to volunteer in a bakery in southern India. They never refrigerate their eggs and it is very, very hot there. It seemed strange, but they were, in fact, fine.

    When you use them, just crack each one into a bowl to check it before adding it to your recipe. If it is very runny and the yolk is watery and doesn't hold together at all, it is probably best not to eat it. Otherwise it should be fine (cooked, of course).

  4. CrazyChickieMama

    CrazyChickieMama Songster

    Feb 23, 2008
    Bolton, NC
    why do they last longer if they are not washed?
  5. Colored Egg Farmer

    Colored Egg Farmer Chicken overload

    the egg has a layer that the hen puts on it right when it laid and it seals the egg better when you wash the egg it is washed away.
  6. PotterWatch

    PotterWatch My Patronus is a Chicken

    Apr 22, 2008
    When you wash an egg, you take off the bloom which is the natural protective coating that keeps bacteria from entering the egg. If you wash off the bloom, bacteria can more easily enter the egg and the egg loses moisture more quickly, causing it to go bad faster. Commercial eggs are often oiled after being washed to try and retain moisture since the bloom is gone.

    Edited for spelling.
    Last edited: Sep 2, 2008

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