how long do eggs last?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by vinniepoch, Oct 18, 2011.

  1. vinniepoch

    vinniepoch Out Of The Brooder

    34
    0
    32
    Apr 14, 2009
    Mt. Shasta, CA
    hi, we sell our eggs in town and people ask us how long will these eggs stay? any answers?
     
  2. CrestedGirl

    CrestedGirl Polish Obsessed

    Mar 7, 2011
    Fort Worth, Tx
    In a refrigerator or just on the counter?
     
  3. sherylreno

    sherylreno Chillin' With My Peeps

    1,813
    16
    148
    May 13, 2011
    Reno, Nevada
    Are you washing your eggs?
     
  4. vinniepoch

    vinniepoch Out Of The Brooder

    34
    0
    32
    Apr 14, 2009
    Mt. Shasta, CA
    yes or no, what is the difference?
     
  5. CrestedGirl

    CrestedGirl Polish Obsessed

    Mar 7, 2011
    Fort Worth, Tx
    if in a fridge a couple months, on the counter i think its a few weeks.
     
  6. sherylreno

    sherylreno Chillin' With My Peeps

    1,813
    16
    148
    May 13, 2011
    Reno, Nevada
    If you wash your eggs then you are removing the bluhm that the hens put on the outside of the shell and thus bacteria gets into the egg and it spoils. People who sell eggs usually wash them and set a date for 6 weeks from purchase date. I do not wash my eggs, I only put them in the fridge because people feel it's better for them even though it actually makes no difference and I let them know I do not wash them first, they can wash them before they use them. I tell them the USDA suggestion is 6 weeks but you can actually keep them for over 8 weeks or even up to months if you don't wash them first. Do the water test to make sure the eggs are still good before using if you had them for more than 8 weeks and you are not sure about them.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by