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

MizzCuckoo

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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!!
 

Peaceeagle1

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Mar 10, 2013
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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!
 

Kelsie2290

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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.
 

bigmike&nan

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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.

Mike
 

appps

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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
 

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