How long do eggs last outside?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by RWPower, Jun 10, 2009.

  1. RWPower

    RWPower In the Brooder

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    Hi, I am new to chickens.
    I live in Florida and it can get to 90° outside. How long would you say an egg can lay around in the coop, in shade, before it needs to be put in the fridge?

    Also, do they tend to lay them in the same place or will they drop one anyplace where ever they may be standing?
     
  2. Cats Critters

    Cats Critters Completely Indecisive

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    I live in Florida and it can get to 90° outside. How long would you say an egg can lay around in the coop, in shade, before it needs to be put in the fridge?

    They should be fine if you just gather them everyday at night.
    Also, do they tend to lay them in the same place or will they drop one anyplace where ever they may be standing?

    They lay where it's "safe" and where their sisters are laying, so before they start laying put some fake eggs or golf balls in the nest boxes to show them where to lay.​
     
  3. aupoet

    aupoet In the Brooder

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    Cat is right. I live down along the Gulf Coast and I gather mine everyday in the late afternoon/evening. I don't wash mine everyday, unless they are dirty, more like every third day. They will actually last longer without washing and I don't put them in the fridge until they are a week or so old. They are simply kept in cartons in an AC'ed house. Now it is important to wash any that get soiled especially if it is with broken egg material as they will rot quickly if not washed and even then they should be used within a day or two. As for where they lay, like Cat said, they tend to lay in the same spot and will usually use the same place the other girls lay. If your pen is large and has hiding places some hens will look for places to hide a nest. Check for hidden nests every few days and if you find one check the eggs for freshness before using them. I have a long handled egg scoop that I made just for gathering eggs in those hard to reach spots. If you want to see how to make one check out my article on ehow: http://www.ehow.com/how_5051672_make-long-handled-egg-scoop.html
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  4. Ft Chix

    Ft Chix In the Brooder

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    Acouple days depending on heat but you should collect them every day
     

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