Okay to eat hidden egg?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by *GEL*, Jun 17, 2009.

  1. *GEL*

    *GEL* In the Brooder

    Apr 17, 2009
    Hi, I have 2 1+yo Golden Comets and 2 approx 15 wo ISA Browns. I got the Golden Comets first and had them for approx 2.5 mos before they actually laid an egg (I believe they were molting) - the first one started a couple of weeks ago. The second just started today [​IMG] and the ISA Browns haven't started yet.

    I was cleaning out the non coop side of the shed that they like to go in and out of when free ranging and found an egg back in one of the corners.........would it still be okay to eat it when I don't really know how long it's been there? [​IMG]

    It can't be more than approx. 2 weeks old though. As that's about how long she has been laying and it is darker like the ones she lays now, not like the first few I got from her. I smelled it and it didn't smell bad (although I do have a cold). [​IMG]

  2. TriciaHowe

    TriciaHowe Mother Hen

    Nov 11, 2008
    Trenton, FL
    Either candle it or do the float test. It it floats toss it. If it candles clear it's probablly ok to eat. 2 wks in this heat (at least here in FL) would get it fed to the dogs no matter how it candles....

    ETA: I wanted to change what I said about no matter how it candles it would get fed to the dogs...I thought about it after I wrote it. If the air cell was small and fresh appearing I would put it in the fridge and eat it no problem. It's probably only a few days old. If the air cell was large (older egg) then it would get fed to the dogs.
    Last edited: Jun 17, 2009
  3. aank4

    aank4 In the Brooder

    Feb 22, 2009
    You can do a float test. Put the egg in a measuring cup full of water. If it floats, then it's gone bad. If it sinks to the bottom and stays there, it's good. If one end is up and the other end is at the bottom, it's probably still okay, but you'll want to use it quick.

    Eggs do this because the air sac in the egg gets larger inside as it loses moisture with age.
  4. I always do the water test on eggs I am not sure about: If you put the egg in a glass full of water and it floats, it is bad. If it sinks to the bottom, eat it and enjoy it [​IMG]
  5. We all must have been typing at the same time!!
  6. *GEL*

    *GEL* In the Brooder

    Apr 17, 2009
    WOW! All within a minute of each other........ [​IMG]

    Guess I'll try the float test..... [​IMG]

    Thanks you guys......
    Love this site!
  7. SilkieTime

    SilkieTime Songster

    Mar 29, 2009
    Joelton Tn.
    Fridgerate the egg? or room temperature? My first egg not roosters to young.
  8. Akane

    Akane Crowing

    Jun 15, 2008
    1 egg is not worth it. I'd just toss it or feed it to the pets.

    Eggs are actually fine to be kept at room temp provided we aren't talking about middle of summer without air conditioning. They will age faster and should be used sooner when left on the counter but they are still good for weeks. In the fridge they are good for months. When kept clean and dry eggs don't go bad that easy. It's when they get wet that bacteria most easily gets into the shell and that's why washing eggs can actually increase the chances of them going bad.

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