How long can I keep a cracked egg?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by speckledegg, Sep 10, 2011.

  1. speckledegg

    speckledegg Out Of The Brooder

    72
    0
    39
    Jun 2, 2011
    W. WA
    One of our eggs had a little hole and crack in it today. The membrane seems to be intact. Is it ok to save and eat tomorrow for breakfast or should it get eaten sooner, or cooked and fed back to the girls?
     
  2. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Overrun With Chickens

    5,493
    58
    268
    Mar 28, 2011
    MN
    I personally would throw it away in the garbage. The crack in the egg will let in bacteria very quickly.

    I feed oyster shell and I've had my pullets kick eggs out of the nest. They fall 1-2 feet onto the ground and don't break or crack. There is a very thin layer of pine chips and under that is cement. I'm surprised how hard our egg shells are.
     
  3. greenegglover

    greenegglover Chillin' With My Peeps

    177
    1
    101
    Aug 14, 2009
    Indiana
    I would cook it for the girls!
     
  4. m_shuman

    m_shuman Chillin' With My Peeps

    265
    1
    111
    Apr 22, 2011
    Springfield, GA
    I feed those to my dog. He loves raw eggs cracked over his food.
     
  5. kaybats

    kaybats Chillin' With My Peeps

    695
    5
    111
    Jun 4, 2011
    I had a cracked egg once. My girl hit the back rail of the nesting box in her first couple of weeks. There was a tiny, tiny piece of shell missing and I could see the membrane was intact. I put it in the fridge and ate it in the morning and it was fine. Just my experience. [​IMG]
     
  6. speckledegg

    speckledegg Out Of The Brooder

    72
    0
    39
    Jun 2, 2011
    W. WA
    Thanks! I'll feed it back to them. I do give them oyster shell and feed their shells back to them. It's from my BSL. It's only her 3rd egg so I figure she's still working things out. [​IMG] My RSL has super hard shells, so I would assume that my BSL will too.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by