Not sure what to do...

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Julpost, May 5, 2009.

  1. Julpost

    Julpost New Egg

    May 5, 2009
    I haven't collected eggs in 3 days-there are about 8 eggs right now in one of the nesting boxes. I'm afraid to crack one open to see if it's fertile but would love to set up a nest in a quiet area and see if 1 of my 2 hens will set them. I was thinking about putting the hen in there and leave her w/food and water for a few days.

    What do you think? Is it too late to eat the eggs since they've been in the nest for several days? I'm just not sure what to do.

  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    They're probably OK to eat. Unless you have a broody hen, it is unlikely any will sit on the eggs.

    To test for freshness, cover the eggs with cool water. If any float, they are not good. The ones that stay on the bottom are fine.
  3. shangri-lafarms

    shangri-lafarms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 24, 2008
    NY-Upstate Adirondacks
    I concur

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