How long can I keep eggs out of the fridge?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Churkenduse, Mar 2, 2008.

  1. Churkenduse

    Churkenduse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Everyone talks about keeping their eggs on the counter, to me that it is a bit scarry but I do it, see how I trust you?
    But how long can we safely keep them out?

    Thanks [​IMG]
     
  2. Scrambled Egg

    Scrambled Egg Flock Mistress

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    I think Miss Prissy had 200 eggs in a basket the other day that she never puts in the frdge! I tell people at work, who ask me that all the time.."You can leave an egg outside under a hot chicken butt for 21 days and make a fresh chicken"!!
     
  3. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

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    I leave mine out about a week in a basket on the kitchen counters before I refridge them, it's cool in my kitchen...never know when I might want to hatch or someone ask for hatching eggs...This time of year I date them to make sure of freshness...
     
  4. Churkenduse

    Churkenduse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    .."You can leave an egg outside under a hot chicken butt for 21 days and make a fresh chicken"!!

    Too cute! Thanks guys any more suggestions?​
     
  5. NewGuineaChooks

    NewGuineaChooks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    2 1/2 months. IF you turn the carton over every day. That is; it is right side up one day, and upside down the next.

    We did this in the tropical country I grew up in, in a rural area with no electricity. It works in temps up to 90F with 90% humidity. Don't know about higher temps than that.

    If you just leave them right side up, they will still last a good 6 weeks.
     
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  6. airmom1c05

    airmom1c05 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh wow! I've been wondering about the same thing! If a hen goes broody (on the golf balls, lol) will these eggs if fertile to begin with still be OK at 6 weeks to 2 1/2 months for hatching???? Thanks in advance.
     
  7. airmom1c05

    airmom1c05 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you want to eat the eggs, I believe they are only good for about a week, or so I think I remember reading, but on the other hand, the tried and true method of checking an egg for eating purposes is to put it in a glass of water. If it sinks, it is OK to eat. If it floats, it's disposal food except for the shell which if baked or microwaved can be crunched up and fed back to the laying hens. [​IMG]
     
  8. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    What do you think people did before the days of electricity and every house didn't have an ice box? Eggs were often nestled into sawdust and lime and kept in a cool cellar for several months by our forefathers.

    Eggs from the grocery are already about a month and a half old by the time you get them. Some ppl keep those around for at least another month or more. I have even heard some ppl say eggs can be kept in a fridge for 6 months and still be edible.

    They can sit out on the counter for a good 3 weeks before they might go bad. However, mine don't ever last that long on the counter. I only refrigerate eggs that I know ppl will expect them to be cold.

    A lot of the USDA food recommendations are obviously in place to protect corporations and their wallets. Some idiot somewhere did something without using good common sense and costed themselves a huge illness. So, in turn the USDA ushed their 'safe handling instructions' on everything under the sun.

    Egg kept at room temp cook better than one thathas been refrigerated. Try the pound cake recipe on the forum and use fresh never refrigerated eggs and see what I mean.
     
  9. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Quote:No the embryo will die after a about 10 days.
     
  10. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Quote:If that were true none of the eggs in the store would be fit to eat. They are all at least 45 days old when they hit the store shelves.
     

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