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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by CassInMass, May 1, 2009.

  1. CassInMass

    CassInMass In the Brooder

    Jan 19, 2009
    OK, you've all been very helpful about eggwashing, but someone said that unwashed eggs don't need to be refridgerated. How long can they be left out and not go bad?? I'm so thankfulfor this forum. I feel like a psychotic Mom and they're only 2 weeks old.

  2. Judy

    Judy Crowing Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    In Europe, eggs are sold off the store shelf, never refrigerated. One way to make hard boiled farm fresh eggs easier to peel is leave them on the counter for a week before cooking. But they will keep longer if refrigerated, whether washed or unwashed.

    Mother Earth News did a great research project on different ways of storing eggs and how long they kept. You can find the results on their site.
  3. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

    Mar 20, 2008
    NW Kentucky
    Here is the deal....on the outside of the egg is the "bloom" it protects the egg. If you do not wash the egg, it will last longer on the counter...easily 3 - 4 weeks (except at higher temperatures then cut is down to 2 - 3 weeks). Once you wash it, the egg begins its natural degeneration process and will last a week or so safely on the counter...refrigerated 2 weeks is about it.

    All of my eggs stay as they are until ready for use or being sold. If there are a few exceptionally dirty eggs, I lightly clean them with a damp cloth but still do not "wash" them.

    Remember this simple thing...a hen lays one egg every 26 hours or one per day. she will sit on a clutch of 12 - 16 eggs...so those eggs are out, in the natural environment for 2 weeks...so it would be impossible for the eggs to go "bad" in less time or we would never have any babies. Unfertilized makes no real difference.
  4. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
  5. vckums

    vckums In the Brooder

    Apr 18, 2009
    I read the article, but still a bit confused. I don't wash the eggs we get, but they go straight into the fridge in their own little compartment. How long will they be ok in the fridge? We've bought, before chickens, 5 dozen eggs at a time and they'd stay in the fridge for like a month before they were all gone.

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