how old are your fresh eggs still considered "fresh"?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by cptbahama, Jul 14, 2013.

  1. cptbahama

    cptbahama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 13, 2011
    augusta, georgia
    We have a huge family vacation coming up in four weeks. Lots of big breakfast eaters. I'd like to provide all the eggs so no one has to buy eggs and its a cool thing I can contribute to the gang. If I start saving them now, they will be four weeks old when we begin the vacation. Do you/ would you consider four week old eggs from your backyard flock still "fresh" or at least "fresher" than what we would buy the night before at the grocery?
  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Eggs will keep for weeks in the fridge. In fact, I've read on BYC that eggs in stores might be a month or more old.
  3. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    When I buy eggs in the store and check, I've always found they are at least a month old. The date they were packed is stamped on the end of the carton. The number is given as the day of the year; that is, it will be "1" if packed on January 1, and "365" if packed on December 31. This article gives more details.

    I have eaten eggs from my fridge which were at least a month old, probably older. We tend to save them from good production months and eat them when production drops off in the winter or with a molt. I've read that eggs keep a week in the fridge for every day at room temp, but I actually think they last longer than that even at room temperature. Mother Earth News did an extensive study on how long eggs stayed edible. I believe they were still edible if refrigerated at 6 months, but you can look it up and check that out, it's been on the web for years.
  4. shmccarthy

    shmccarthy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 27, 2013
    Our eggs typically don't last long, we have people frequently buy us out and I only get five eggs a day, but I've heard that eggs can last up to nine months refrigerated.

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