Just curious - what is average age of store eggs?

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  1. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

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    I've been wondering how old an average store-bought egg is. Can anyone point me to a website that would demonstrate the average processing & shipping time. I'm curious.

    Let's not resort to "hey, those nasty things are waaay older than what my girls give me" but keep it to facts.
     
  2. Nikki28

    Nikki28 David Bowie is my co-pilot

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    Hmmm good question.
     
  3. HorseFeathers

    HorseFeathers Frazzled

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    Just a wild guess: Old?
     
  4. geoaware

    geoaware Chillin' With My Peeps

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    hey, those nasty things are waaay older than what my girls give me

    Sorry...just had to do it! [​IMG]

    I was once told that it takes two weeks or longer for eggs to make it to the shelves in large supermarket chains...but I would like to know the facts too.
     
  5. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

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  6. deerman

    deerman Rest in Peace 1949-2012

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    you can do the float test, place eggs in water if older than a month they will float. If they stay on the bottom with large end up 2 to 3 weeks old. Fresh eggs only a few day old will lay flat on the bottom.
     
  7. lurky

    lurky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think they must be pretty old. After having fresh eggs for almost 2 yrs now, i had to buy eggs once and when i cracked the first one open i was disgusted by it. I tossed them all.
    They are so different in color, texture, smell, and thats as far as i got [​IMG]
     
  8. maplesky7

    maplesky7 Flock Mistress

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    I have a poulty book i got from farm and fleet...i read in that book they (egg farmers) have 30 days to get it to the store.
     
  9. Mac in Wisco

    Mac in Wisco Antagonist

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    The next time you are at the store check the stamp on the carton. I just pulled some cartons from our cupboard. The end stamp said P1176B317. The P1176B is the packer's license number. The 317 is the day they were packed, November 13. It is also stamped Best By Dec 26, which is about six weeks later. Assuming the eggs were a week old at the most before packing and the stores are selling them a few weeks before the Best Buy date, I'd say they are 2 weeks to a month old when you buy them.
     
  10. deerman

    deerman Rest in Peace 1949-2012

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    Quote:Mac, was checking some old carton. How did you get Nov. 13 from the # 317 ??
     

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