Leave eggs out or put in fridge?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by cnj-tx50, Sep 14, 2009.

  1. cnj-tx50

    cnj-tx50 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 19, 2009
    North of Dallas, TX
    New to having chickens and now that some are laying was wondering about the different info on how to store them. What would be the benefit to leaving them out vs. in the fridge? I seem to have read to do both things. Also, may be giving some to friends and neighbors so should those be in the fridge? Thanks for the input!
  2. Amethyste

    Amethyste For Love of Boo...

    I leave mine out, unwashed.

    In the UK you know and other places too the eggs you buy in the stores are not refrigerated...they are sitting on the shelves in the dry area.

    Never had an issue with them...done this all my life as did my grandma before me and before her as well. Back in the day they had no way of keeping eggs cool...and they survived [​IMG]

    Just date them and use them in order of oldest first and should be fine.
  3. cnj-tx50

    cnj-tx50 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 19, 2009
    North of Dallas, TX
    I have been leaving them out and not washing them except if we need to but they are very clean. My Dh has cancer and drinks a shake/mix every morning and we put a raw egg in it for more protein so was not sure. How long can they stay out?
  4. RL

    RL Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 8, 2009
    Oak Point, TX
    Just my two cents and how I see it. Eggs like all living things age. How fast they age depends on the temp of the environment the eggs are in. The cooler the environment the slower the egg will age.
    I live in a very warm to downright nasty hot environment so I refrigerate my eggs as soon as I can, but that’s just what I like to do. In the winter time I don’t worry about it so much. If you are going to leave your eggs out and not refrigerate I would not wash them as washing them will remove the bloom that protects the egg and will cause faster ageing and increase the chance of bacteria entering the egg. If you do have to wash them I would give them a very light coating of oil to help protect them, but that is just me.
    I have read studies where, if I can remember, they were saying they had eggs last up to 8 months and were still good to eat. Although, I think the researcher said he did not prefer them.
    Eggs are incredible things and they can last a long time as long as they don’t get too hot or too cold. IT’s just going to come down to what you prefer. Put some in the fridge as soon as you can, leave some out. See what works for you. Do some research on eggs –There is a lot of information on the net- and then you’ll be able decide what will be best for you.
  5. ducks4you

    ducks4you Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 20, 2009
    East Central Illinois
    I wouldn't refrigerate mine, BUT:
    1) force of habit---I was an uneducated suburban raised, NON-chicken owner for most of my life
    2) I am ALWAYS collecting eggs while feeding other animals, putting things away, etc., and I never know if I've nicked an egg until later
    3) My cats and dogs LOVE eggs and they'll steal them if I leave them on the counter!
  6. fowltemptress

    fowltemptress Frugal Fan Club President

    Jan 20, 2008
    My fridge went out once and my eggs went bad quickly. The eggs I don't refrigerate keep fine for 6 weeks or so, and I don't have to worry about them spoiling quickly if for some reason the fridge fails or they're left out accidentally.
  7. JENx

    JENx Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 14, 2009
    Leicester, England
    I'm in the UK - the eggs in our shops aren't chilled so i don't chill mine!
  8. kemoldenhauer

    kemoldenhauer New Egg

    Sep 13, 2009
    I don't wash the eggs, but I do refridgerate. In summer it is so warm, and I don't always use them up fast.

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