I just discovered a new nest of eggs - can I still eat them after 7-10 days outside?

Discussion in 'Egg, Chicken, & Other Favorite Recipes' started by MizzCuckoo, Sep 8, 2013.

  1. MizzCuckoo

    MizzCuckoo Hatching

    Jun 4, 2013

    Our two girls free range. I thought they were protesting from the heat and not laying, but today I discovered about 13 eggs behind the shed in the shade.

    I know these organic eggies still have their natural barrier and therefore can last much longer un-refridgerated, but my question is: HOW LONG? I am in California and so the temps have probably gotten into the low 80s in the shade.

    Thank you guys!!
  2. Peaceeagle1

    Peaceeagle1 In the Brooder

    Mar 10, 2013
    McConnellsburg, Pa
    I don't really know the answer to that. With that kind of heat, I would be leary. I would probably crack one open and give it the look and smell test. Can't miss a bad one that way!
  3. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging

    Feb 18, 2011
    Ya, I would crack them open separately to check them out for sure, it would scare me but I don't really see why you couldn't eat them. When you think about it, I would expect some/most of them to hatch if you incubated them, so they would still be "good" if not as fresh as we like.
  4. bigmike&nan

    bigmike&nan Songster

    If you are going to try eating them do what Kelsie, crack them on at a time separately. 80 in the shade is kinda warm, but the old crack and smell test would be the way. Still a lot fresher than store eggs.

  5. appps

    appps Crowing

    Aug 29, 2012
    If in doubt float before eating. If you put it in a jug of water and it sinks its okay if it floats its off.

    Personally though my chooks would be getting scrambled eggs lol
  6. Fancychooklady

    Fancychooklady Crowing

    Jun 14, 2012
    Tasmania. Australia
    Agreed , scramble them up and feed them back to the chooks. The protein will do them good.
  7. bigmike&nan

    bigmike&nan Songster

    YES !!!! You'll have pals for life.

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