I've got some questions about duck eggs. I searched in the forum, but sifting through all the results was making my head spin! I've never owned ducks before, I've 2 Pekins (one male, one female). My darling girl has decided she doesn't want to lay in her nest box anymore, she has actually made a nest in the leaves right beside the box I've thrown out a lot of (most of) the eggs, because I'm worried they're not safe to eat, but it's possible I'm just worrying over nothing. Some days I don't collect eggs, I just leave them (usually because I'm too busy, or maybe lazy, or a combination of both), is it safe to eat them if they've been out for a couple days? (Again, I'm choosing to err on the side of caution for now.) Also, I read that washing them in cold water is bad because it will let bacteria into the egg; does that mean I should also throw out eggs that have been rained on? The eggs like I described above, that have been there for a day or three or that have been rained on...if it's not a good idea for me to eat them, can I still boil them and give them to the ducks, or go by the "if it's not good for me, it's not good for them" rule? And last (for now), how long will they keep in the fridge? I've heard a wide range on this one, anywhere between a few days to a month, just wondering what everyone else's experiences have been. Thanks in advance for any advice!!!