How long eggs last in refrigerator

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Ellie, Sep 30, 2008.

  1. Ellie

    Ellie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 10, 2007
    Redding, Ca.
    Hi,
    I have read the posts and the "on the counter vs. in the refrigerator" debates. I understand from internet searching that eggs last in the fridge 5-6 weeks after purchase.

    Since I am not purchasing, I would like to know how long our fresh eggs last in the refrigerator?

    I tend to leave them on the counter, but I know they will stop laying this winter and would like to save some as long as possible.

    thanks,
    Ellie
     
    Last edited: Sep 30, 2008
  2. Colored Egg Farmer

    Colored Egg Farmer Chicken overload

    an unwashed egg will last longer. I would never go over a month for eggs.
     
  3. cjeanean

    cjeanean Can't Decide

    Mar 5, 2008
    Missouri
    eggs last a VERY long time in the fridge. I've had eggs (not on purpose) for three to 6 months still be good (store bought). Who knows how long fresh eggs would last! The only difference is that some of the air cells have gotten larger and the membrane sticks to the yolk and white a bit when you go to crack the egg out. I thought they'd be rotten, so I cracked them into separate bowls, and they were all still good. Can't say much for the taste, or rather, LACK of taste. *sigh* that's store bought eggs, though....no flavor, even when you first buy them, thin shells....Yuck!
     
  4. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    I read something once that said eggs would last longer in the fridge if you put a plastic bag around them to keep in moisture, that the dry atmosphere in a refrigerator shortens their lifespan. Cant remember just how long, though.
     
  5. Ellie

    Ellie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 10, 2007
    Redding, Ca.
    You'd have to think that our fresh eggs would last longer than store bought. Those eggs have an expiration date on them and the egg gurus say 5-6 weeks.

    It does make sense about the humidity issue, Cyn.

    I just love these eggs so much and will miss them when winter comes.....

    Ellie
     
  6. Ugly Cowboy

    Ugly Cowboy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 25, 2008
    Corn, OK
    Quote:Well, with any luck your chickens will be like mine and keep on layin all through winter! My BR's and RIR's lay 6 eggs a week each, winter and all, so good luck!
     
  7. antlers

    antlers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Like the person before me stated.....
    Why do you expect yours will quit laying in winter? Add a light bulb in the coop and you will get eggs all winter. I get more in the winter in Minnesota than I do in the summer because the hens are more comfortable (OK insulated coop here) but still. No reason why they can not lay in the winter.
     
  8. Ellie

    Ellie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 10, 2007
    Redding, Ca.
    Dunno, guess I just figured that with less light that they would lay less. I did not want to "wear them out" with adding more light in there. I thought it best to be natural.

    Ellie
     
  9. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

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    Wasn't it Mother Earth News that did a study on various ways to store eggs and found unwashed eggs, with the bloom still on, lasted 6 months in the refrigerator?
     
  10. antlers

    antlers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Guess thats your choice and I can understand it but if I'm sinking feed and time into them I want SOME eggs in return.....
    Your not going to wear them out.
     

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