how long are eggs good for without refrigeration ? (I found the eggs!)

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by masonsmom, Feb 21, 2011.

  1. masonsmom

    masonsmom Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 18, 2010

    I finally found Dakota's hiding spot. Lately she's been presistant on escaping from her pen and slow to come when called which is very unusual for my chickens.. They are always pleased to see us.. You see she's quite happy sitting on her egg.. This spot is well hidden in the yard behind a wood fence in the corner. My chickens are generally kept in a fenced off area except on weekends and days they've escaped.. Anyhow.. When I nudged Dakota out of her spot I couldn't believe my eyes.. This is what I found..


    Are they safe to eat? Any way to tell? Any other ideas what we might do with them? Seems like such a waste of eggs.. I live in WA where temps have not reached above 50 degrees, and generally well below that. The chickens have only been laying since November. My best guess is that the majority of these were laid in the last 3 weeks since that's when Dakota (and Louise!) have been getting out the most and before that they were mostly unable to get out.. But I cannot be sure.. So what would you say? What would you do with them? Would they be safe enough to scramble for the chickens if not safe for us? Advice?

    Of course, this won't happen again now that I've found them.. She's gonna be a pretty sad chicken without her pile to sit on!
  2. OrphanNanny

    OrphanNanny Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 12, 2010
    Wausau, Wisconsin
    I'd found a stash of eggs last summer up in our barn and just for peace of mind scrambled them all up for the waste and they LOVE them! Once I had 5 dz eggs that froze in a "new" refridgerator that I'd gotten to store eggs and scrambled those too. Now that was a feast!!! LOL [​IMG]
  3. 4 Love of Baby Chickens

    4 Love of Baby Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Try the water test.

    Fill a clear bowl 3/4 full of water and put 1 egg at a time into it. If it sinks to the bottom then it's good. If it floats compleatly then it's no good. The further the egg floats off the bottom then the older it is. [​IMG]

    Hopefully I make sense.
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2011
  4. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    I am glad you found the stash. I take it she's not been trying to brood them, just stash them.

    Eat them? Well, unless facing sure and certain starvation or being a participant on Survivor, I'd break them up, fry them, and feed them back to the hens for protein.
  5. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    I've eaten eggs I wasn't sure of, but not when a chicken had been trying to hatch them. I've read that in Europe, eggs are sold off the shelf, and not refrigerated. So if they stay all the way on the bottom of the bowl in the water test, and I'm reasonably certain I'm not going to find a half grown chick, I open and cook them.
  6. flowerchild59

    flowerchild59 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 25, 2010
    Southern IL
    I would hard boil them all and feed them back to the girls; no waste, no fuss.
  7. becstalls

    becstalls Out Of The Brooder

    May 22, 2010
    If she's actually been sitting on them, i'd either throw them all out (if you know they're not fertile), or continue to let her sit on them until they hatch (supposing they are fertile and you want peeps). If she's been sitting on them at all, she's been keeping them at temperatures well within the "danger zone" of bacterial growth--that's 40 degrees fahrenheit and above until you hit boiling.
  8. alhanse77

    alhanse77 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 23, 2010
    Rexburg, ID
    I have no advice, but I am impressed with her stash of eggs! [​IMG] Your pic caught me by surprise, too!
  9. JayDee

    JayDee Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 24, 2010
    Cheeky girl! [​IMG]

    and I can add this: In UK & Ireland anyway, eggs are indeed sold unrefrigerated. In fact, a lot of people wouldn't put them in the fridge at all. I do. I think they're nuts [​IMG]

    Also, all our eggs are brown. You wouldn't find a white chicken egg in a shop!

    But yeah, I'd check them in water. Easy peasy. But if they're possibly fertile, I'd candle them, I guess.
  10. MrsKemmerlin

    MrsKemmerlin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 14, 2011
    Round O, SC
    No advice, but this sure did make me laugh! [​IMG]

    She made it seem like nothing was out of the ordinary in the first picture, then voila, eggs! And a bunch of them none the less! [​IMG] Silly girl!

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