how long can u leave an egg

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by yellowirenut, Sep 4, 2011.

  1. yellowirenut

    yellowirenut Chillin' With My Peeps

    238
    6
    91
    Aug 27, 2011
    New haven, IN
    Checked the coop yesterday morning about 10 o' clock. 4 Eggs, someone is not doing there job. Went out with friends for lunch and BS'ing. When I returned about 4 hrs later I noticed an egg in the run. I am not concerned that it went bad in 4 hours though the heat was upper 90's. What I do have a question about is how long can they sit before they are uneatable? 2 days? depends on the weather?
     
  2. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Overrun With Chickens

    5,493
    59
    268
    Mar 28, 2011
    MN
    You can test it in a bowl of water. If it floats don't eat it. I don't really know though, I'm sure it will be fine. I'd probably do the float test, then eat it right away.
     
  3. Tiss

    Tiss Chillin' With My Peeps

    676
    3
    131
    May 8, 2010
    Georgia
    I'm sure it's fine. It is really, really hot here in the summer and I usually only collect the eggs once a day around 2:30 pm when everyone has laid. The eggs are perfect and last for weeks in the fridge (I save them up for my sister who lives across the state and give her 5 or 6 doz when she comes to visit, otherwise they never last that long).

    I think 2 days is safe when the weather is hot. I've left them for a weekend before when we have more moderate temps.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by