How long can eggs sit in the coop?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by SDR, Aug 22, 2011.

  1. SDR

    SDR Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 19, 2011
    This question probably exist somewhere here but I give up on looking.

    My girls just started laying and pretty much do so mid day so I collect early evening. We took a weekend trip and after making sure they had plenty of food and water for the couple days, we left mid day with no eggs laid yet. Came home two days latter, late evening and collected eggs. In reality some could have been sitting in the coop three days but I don't know which ones. My question is how long can eggs sit in the coop in the summer average high temp 80's

    Still good? Opinions?

  2. Royd

    Royd Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 31, 2009
    Middleburg, Fl.
    Quote:When I have that situation or find a hidden nest, which is obviously new, I just use those eggs for the dog's food.
  3. southerndesert

    southerndesert B & M Chicken Ranch

    Jun 17, 2011
    Morristown, AZ
    They are good for a couple days at 80+ degrees, but always best to collect once a day or more if possible....
  4. top of the hill

    top of the hill Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 20, 2011
    I'm no expert on disease, however, I just traveled via sailboat for a week in 80+ degree weather and we left the eggs out all week. They were on a shelf in the shade. To me, they actually tasted better! The woman we traveled with is from South Africa (hot hot hot) and grew up on a farm, her grandmother would leave them out all the time.

    Perhaps some one will have a differing opinion, but I think 3 days is totally fine. Enjoy!
  5. CowgirlMama

    CowgirlMama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 23, 2011
    Baker City, Oregon
    A friend of mine taught me a cool little trick to see if they're ok... get a bowl and fill it with cool water. Then add the eggs and see if they sink or float. If they sink to the bottom, they're ok to eat. If they float all the way to the top, feed them to the dog or throw them out... If the float, but not all the way to the top (still covered in water, but not sitting on the bottom) my friend uses them for baking!
  6. SDR

    SDR Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 19, 2011
    Thanks for all the input. They didn't float so they will be breakfast soon enough. [​IMG]
  7. bwinn01

    bwinn01 Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 28, 2010
    I often leave eggs out 2 or 3 days if I am out of town, can't tell a difference. Even when it is hot, my coop is in shade and isn't as hot as it would be out in the open. I also use the float test if in doubt. If my eggs turn up on the end but don't float to the top, they are ready to hard boil and then pickle. I am currently keeping my pickled eggs refrigerated, is this necessary? I see pickled eggs left out on the counter in stores and bars.

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