How long do fresh eggs stay fresh?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by coachhaze60, May 4, 2009.

  1. soctippy

    soctippy Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 22, 2007
    hens will lay eggs for about a month, and then hatch them out. so if an egg can be in summer heat for a month and still grow a chick, why not store fresh eggs with out refrigeration. I have heard that thats how they did it in the old days, eggs were stored in a cool dry place like a cellar.
  2. danielbrown

    danielbrown Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 27, 2009
    Spartanburg, sc
    I store mine unwashed on the counter in flats until they are used.
  3. Nemo

    Nemo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 22, 2008
    N'rn Wisconsin
    I looked up the USDA rules once...

    An egg producer has 30 days to get an egg to the store. It's usually done within 15, but they have up to 30.

    Eggs can be sold as fresh up to 60 days after they were laid. The sooner the producer gets the eggs to the store, the longer they can be kept on sale. But, the sell-by date cannot exceed 45 days.

    Once you buy the eggs, you can then keep them in your fridge for another 30 days.

    A commercial egg carton is stamped with a number representing the day of the year the eggs were packed into it (1-366). It's also stamped with the sell-by date. I'm looking at a carton I just pulled off the stack that says "322", which is Nov 18, and "Dec 16".

    As for your own eggs, a hen will lay eggs until she feels she has enough. This can be a week or more. She doesn't keep them in a fridge all that time. The embryos in the eggs just sit around doing nothing, waiting. Once she starts to sit on them, the temperature goes up to about 100 degrees and the embryo starts to develop. It will take a few days of incubating to see something happening in the egg.

    So, my practice is to collect eggs once a day. We've only had chooks a year now, so we haven't missed any eggs yet. If we were to find a missed egg, I would crack it in a mug and check it out. If it seemed fine, I wouldn't have any problem cooking and eating it.
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  4. codybird

    codybird Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 7, 2009
    Near Myrtle Beach
    Last edited: May 22, 2009
  5. purr

    purr Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 30, 2008
    east freetown, ma
    Quote:me too.
  6. annek

    annek Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2009
    Quote:great article, answered a lot of questions I haven't even thought of yet! thanks!
  7. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

    May 11, 2008
    Howell Michigan
    Last August I placed a dozen eggs in the incubator knowing that there was only a slim chance that they might be fertile. They weren't. They spent 23 days in the incubator and when I broke them to check or development. To may surprize they were still fresh and edible.
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  8. tellynpeep

    tellynpeep Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 4, 2008
    SW New Hampshire
    Quote:Wow; 7 months!
  9. vicky

    vicky Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 24, 2008
    Brisbane, Australia
    We dont sell eggs refrigerated here in Australia. They're usually in the same aisle as the rest of the baking products like flour and sugar and cake mix etc.

    I collect mine everyday from the nest because otherwise the bush turkeys will eat them. Then I just leave them on my counter until they get eaten. If they're over 4 weeks old I usually crack them into a glass to check them. But I've never had a bad one yet.
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  10. rebecca10782

    rebecca10782 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 24, 2008
    Quote:And to add to it, eggs in the store have been scrubbed.
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