How long can an egg be left in the nest before its not edible

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by brierose3, Sep 12, 2014.

  1. brierose3

    brierose3 Songster

    We were planning on having chicks so left the eggs with the chickens for about a week until there was at least 21 eggs in the nest box though there is no sign of broodiness in the hens. So we took them out, fed a few of the dirty ones to the chickens and took the rest. Are they still good to eat or not?
  2. iwiw60

    iwiw60 Crowing

    Jan 27, 2014
    Central Oregon
    I would say definitely 'no'. You need to wait until one of your hens goes broody before attempting it.
  3. maranfarmer563

    maranfarmer563 Songster

    Mar 13, 2014
    northern Pennsylvania
    Leave 2 golf balls in the nest ,collect the eggs every day.i I store mine in the basement till I put under a hen or incubator. Keep in egg cartons large end up,til carton 45 degrees alternate daily when adding my new eggs

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