how long do surplus eggs stay good??

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by micromike, Oct 11, 2010.

  1. micromike

    micromike New Egg

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    I was wondering how long surplus eggs stay good? they are being refridgerated!
     
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  2. buzymom13

    buzymom13 I run the Alien Chicken Asylum

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    I'm fairly new to the whole "how long do eggs last" thing since this is our first flock and they just started laying a little over a month or so ago. What' I've read on BYC (love this site) is that the eggs can last months as long as they aren't washed. (washing takes the bloom off them and allows air/debris in thru the shell)

    Many people leave their eggs (unwashed) on the counter for weeks. Refridgerated makes them last longer. I try to keep track of which ones are the oldest and rotate the stock. But most of the time we don't have too many surplus. (feeding 6 kids will do that) LOL

    Good Luck! Hope it helps! [​IMG]
     
  3. egg proof

    egg proof Out Of The Brooder

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    I used to show a film to my ninth graders called One Thousand Dozen by Jack London. It was in conjunction with his novels that we were reading. It is a story of an entrepreneur who tries to take 1,000 dozen eggs from California to Alaska during the gold rush days. He was planning on them lasting at least a month or more. Fact or fiction? I'm not sure, but it made for a good story. [​IMG]
    I think they should last at least 2 or 3 weeks refridgerated.
     
  4. churchx3

    churchx3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have read that in the stores the sell by date is 45+ days AFTER they are crated...and how long before laying and crated, who knows?
     
  5. Mrs MIA

    Mrs MIA Chick Magnet

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    Fresh eggs, 4-5 weeks in the refrigerator. If unsure how old they are, do the float test... if the egg floats (older eggs have bigger air cells) then it's older.
     
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  6. anthonyjames

    anthonyjames Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well I have read articles (Mother Earth) that if they are unwashed and on the bottom of your fridge which is the coldest. Up to 7 months. I have kept surplus eggs in my fridge in my basement from my hens up to 4 months after hatching for our family to aide through winter.
     
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  7. Mac in Wisco

    Mac in Wisco Antagonist

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    I hard boiled some last week that were eight weeks old. Out of two dozen there were were four or five floaters. When I peeled the floaters the air cell was more than a third of the egg. They tasted fine.
     
  8. TrystInn

    TrystInn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    1 month to be considered fresh. Do the float test - fresh eggs sink, almost spent eggs float in the middle and old eggs float at the top!
     
  9. BarredBuff

    BarredBuff Chillin' With My Peeps

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    6 to 8 weeks
     
  10. FuzzyButtsFarm

    FuzzyButtsFarm Rest in Peace 1950-2013

    I got a catalog today from egg cartons.com and they have a product for people who wash the bloom off their eggs it's called Egg Oil a food grade mineral oil. If you use this your eggs will last 6-8 MONTHS.[​IMG]
     

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