How long will my fresh eggs keep?????

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Mystery Peepers, May 13, 2009.

  1. Mystery Peepers

    Mystery Peepers In the Brooder

    Apr 16, 2009
    We just got our first 2 eggs today!!!!!
    I was wondering though, how long do they keep??? Do I keep them in the fridge????

    -Mystery Peepers

  2. Mrs.Puff

    Mrs.Puff Songster

    Apr 16, 2008
    Southern Iowa
    They will keep several weeks in the fridge, and a good week or so in a cool unrefridgerated place. Europeans do not refrigerate their eggs. Write the date on each egg (like put a 13 on today's eggs) so you can keep track.
  3. BeccaOH

    BeccaOH Morning Gem Farm

    Oct 3, 2008
    east central Ohio
    I've been getting this question a lot as I start to sell eggs.

    First, if you want to keep eggs for brooding or incubating, you'll need to get incubation started within 7 to 10 days max. Do not refrigerate.

    If you are talking for eating, then eggs have very long shelf life. I tell my customers the eggs are "fresh" for a month. After that they are still quite good, but they will start to sort of dehydrate. The yolks and whites will lose firmness. If placed in a bowl of water, fresh eggs tend to sink due to density and old eggs tend to float as they've lost water and gained air.

    I believe I've read that egg factories date their cartons around 40 days from when they were laid or processed, but even after that required dating, most eggs are still perfectly usable.

    Somewhere on the Internet is an article about the edible life of an egg for a year, and the tests they did on best means of preservation.

    Most recommend refrigerating your food eggs and require it for those who sell their eggs. But they do keep fine on the kitchen counter too.
  4. chickenlickin'

    chickenlickin' In the Brooder

    Oct 16, 2008
    [​IMG] Well done on your 2 eggs I got my first today too! I was so excited.. i had to run to the house, egg in hand yelling like a mad woman.. to show my DH!! He just grinned and said "this one's yours" [​IMG].. what an amazing feeling to get so excited over a egg [​IMG] dont think i want to eat it though i have to keep looking at it [​IMG]

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