Now that my hens are laying, some questions regarding care for the eggs come to mind. So I searched the FAQ page looking for a thread about collecting the eggs, outside temps, washing, refrigerating, etc. I was surprised to not find any. Here are just a few of my questions: Can I pull the egg from the nest box and eat it right away? Or should I wait a day or two to "let it set"? The egg may sit in the nest box a day or two before being collected. Sometimes they just get overlooked or covered with pine shavings. How many days in the summer heat is acceptable and when should an egg be thrown out? Once the eggs are collected, how long can they sit at room temperature in the house before being eaten? At which point is refrigeration necessary? How long are they good in refrigeration? Every so often I notice an egg with feces on it. I just wash it with mild dish soap and move on. I don't wash every egg, though. What is the standard?