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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by my5hens, Aug 13, 2011.
Before they go bad?
If you don't wash the bloom off they should last a week on the counter and at least a moth in the refrigerator.
Washing off the natural coating makes the eggshell permeable and it will lose moisture and can be invaded by bacteria. If you must wash them, do it right before using them to eat.
We never wash then before putting them in the boxes or refrigerator. We brush anything that has dried to the shell off before storing, though. Also, we don't even wash them before cooking as the process of cooking destroys any bacteria, as long as they are cooked thoroughly.
Here's a website that has a test to see how fresh eggs are: