Nest Discovery - are the eggs ok to eat?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by buckaroo's wife, Jul 11, 2010.

  1. buckaroo's wife

    buckaroo's wife Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My 5 chickens have been laying for about 3 weeks now. I've been getting 2-3 eggs per day, and pretty pleased with that. I wasn't sure who exactly was laying but figured at this point in time 2-3 eggs daily was reasonable for the 5 of them. HOWEVER! Today, I discovered a nest of 11 eggs in the doghouse [​IMG] (obviously my dogs NEVER use it!) My question is - do I trash these eggs or are they ok to eat? [​IMG] Our temps are in the high 90s...but I know that's really no different than a hen sitting on them....please advise.
     
  2. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    I would trash them ..or fed them to my animals...thats just me though.
    But you can test them by floating them in a glass of water.... the sinkers are good..and the floaters are bad. (i think...lol)
     
  3. PunkinPeep

    PunkinPeep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, sinkers are good. Floaters indicate air developing inside and rottenness.

    My very first layer laid 7 eggs in a hidden nest before i found it. Those were my first home grown eggs ever, so i tested all of them in a glass of water, and all of them sank, so i also ate all of them - and lived to tell the tale. [​IMG]

    Our temperatures were in the 90s at the time also. I was very surprised that those eggs were o.k., but they were fine. Just not particularly fresh. [​IMG]
     
  4. buckaroo's wife

    buckaroo's wife Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the advice [​IMG] I did the float test, 5 sank and the other 6 were quasi-floating (at least one end up) so I tossed those. Looks like we'll be spending a few days in the coop! At least now I know another place to look for eggs HAHA!
     

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