How long can you leave eggs in the nest.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by salni9, Sep 18, 2010.

  1. salni9

    salni9 New Egg

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    We are new to chickens and I was wondering how often we need to get them from the nest. There have been times when were not here for a few days then came home to 7 or 8 eggs. Do we need to discard them or are they still ok to eat. I have used the floating test and the eggs don't float or smell bad.
     
  2. catterbug

    catterbug Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The eggs are still good. Eggs really don't need to be refrigerated (the US is the only country that does). The reason for collecting often is so that the eggs don't get broken by the chickens because if they realize they can eat the insides, then they will always try to break them.
     
  3. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    What catterbug said. As long as you don't have a broody hen setting on 'em for those "few days" there won't be any development even in fertilized eggs, and they'll be just fine to gather and eat.
     
  4. salni9

    salni9 New Egg

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    How long can we expect to enjoy our chickens?
     

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