How old are eggs in the grocery store?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by WalkingOnSunshine, Sep 24, 2008.

  1. WalkingOnSunshine

    WalkingOnSunshine Crowing

    Apr 8, 2008
    I've had several people ask me, and can't find a definite answer. Does anyone know for sure?

    Also, I've been told that once the eggs are 30 days old, they can re-package them and then get at least another 30 days. True? Does anyone know where the regs are?

  2. s6bee

    s6bee Songster

    Jul 1, 2007
    Western, NY
    That's what I've heard...30 days
  3. ruth

    ruth Life is a Journey

    Jul 8, 2007
    Woodville, MS
    I saw one of those 20/20 type exposes awhile back that showed them rewashing, repackaging, and redating eggs and said they could be as much as SIX MONTHS old.
  4. cjeanean

    cjeanean Can't Decide

    Mar 5, 2008
    My hens have been laying since July 16th, so I haven't bought eggs since then. I still have some in my fridge that I bought a few weeks before I started getting eggs, and they're still good. They taste like NOTHING, though! And it's weird cracking the thin shells and seeing pale yellow yolks....

    Anyways, they have a LLLLOOOONNNNNGGGG shelf life if properly refrigerater, so who knows how old the store bought eggs are!
  5. Colored Egg Farmer

    Colored Egg Farmer Chicken overload

    just look at the date on the carton it tells when the eggs were packaged.. Ususally old eggs are not repackaged and now new technology is being made to actually put a date on the egg so that no eggs will ever be repackaged.
  6. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    They can be on the shelf up to 30 or 45 days depending if the stamp on it is a sell by or use by date. The pack date is always on there too.

    I konw my own eggs are just fine sitting out on the counter for a few weeks or in the fridge for a few months. They are theroetically sterile inside and just dry out. I have some unopned eggs that are probably 6 or 7 years old now. Just dried out and roll around like one of those wobbly toys. Never will eat it, just shows they dry out without a problem. Matter of fact, the fluffiest egg cakes are made with older room temp eggs because the proteins have broken down a bit and are easier to whip up to a nice creamy foam. Dried older eggs are also easier to pell if hard boiled.
  7. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Apr 20, 2008
    Birnamwood, Wisconsin
    My husband did a search on this and they can be as old as 30 days old. Some make it to the store before the 30 day mark but they CAN be that old. And they tack on a two week shelf life on them after they get there.
  8. E-Chick

    E-Chick In the Brooder

    Apr 27, 2009
    California has a 30 use by date. The sell by date is optional. Eggs returned that are older than 30 days may not be sold. They probably add them to feed or something...just guessing.
  9. Starkasm

    Starkasm Songster

    Apr 1, 2013
    In the woods
    My sister saw something like this too!
    A lot of cities allow you to have a hen or two in your yard (no roosters)
    To me it's worth knowing how old you're egg are by having your own!

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