How long can eggs sit out before they're not considered "fresh"?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by WoodChic, Aug 7, 2010.

  1. WoodChic

    WoodChic The Chic Chick

    Oct 27, 2009
    KKV HQ
    We don't always get to putting our eggs away for a while, and need to know how long they can sit out before they go bad? We sell them, and therefore want them to be fresh (and not rotten [​IMG] ), but we can't always get to it for a while, sometimes 24 hours. [​IMG] So... How long should they be good for? [​IMG]

  2. trunkman

    trunkman Songster

    Dec 26, 2009
    Rock Hill SC
    I think if they are left alone in the the nest box or anywhere they are layed they will stay fresh for quite a while, I would think at least a week at room or coop temp. They say eggs can stay fresh on the counter for several weeks and for months in the fridge. I wouldn't worry about it unless you are gone for a week or two at a time... [​IMG]
  3. woodmort

    woodmort Songster

    Jul 6, 2010
    Oxford NY
    Quote:A couple of days won't hurt them even as long as they aren't washed. In the good old days before refrigeration they were stored right by the stove. Remember hens lay one a day for a week or longer before they "set" so the last egg is as good as the first one as far as hatch-ability is concerned--ought to be good to eat as well.
  4. justtoni44

    justtoni44 Songster

    Mar 13, 2010
    What kind of tempetures are you having.
    Guess I'm fussy.we pick up at least 3 times a day.
    I won't sell an egg that has been layed late and set out over night.....but will be interested in how others handle them.
    I was sick.really sick, from bad eggs once ....had a day in the hospital. So....maybe I over react.
    Good luck with answers.
  5. LC orps

    LC orps Songster

    Dec 7, 2009
    Mcleansville, NC
    [​IMG] I was always told that eggs UNWASHEd could remain on a countertop for several months (5-6 months) once you have washed them they need to go into the fridge. They also need to be kept in the fridge if you have refridgerated them to begin with ... washed or unwashed. [​IMG]

    But let us also note that my eggs -before I have 3-4 dozen collected-- have been on the counter for up two months. I only have to wash them and refridgerate them just before i take them to the farmers market 45 minutes away (thus the reason I do not take them per week) USDA regulates that they must be washed and therefore, refridgerated. Hopefully, one does not need to keep eggs on the counter for more than 3 months.

    hope it helps!
  6. WoodChic

    WoodChic The Chic Chick

    Oct 27, 2009
    KKV HQ
    Wow, ok. It's quite a relief to learn that one or two days isn't that bad. xD We usually wash them the day we get them, and if we don't then we just put them in the fridge unwashed and wash them the next day.
    BTW, the temps here are going really wacko this summer. In early july it was really really hot. 90's. Now we are having days in the 60's and 70's. [​IMG] And it keeps switching back and forth, really often. So... I guess we're and average of 80. [​IMG]
    Thank you guys so much, you were really helpful. [​IMG]
  7. ewfarm

    ewfarm Hatching

    May 2, 2012
    Thank you for your answers. I found another guinea nest, but won't have enough room in my incubator for another 6 or 7 days.

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