Questions about the eggs themselves!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Renee572, Aug 6, 2014.

  1. Renee572

    Renee572 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The other day I was given eggs from a lady whose chickens are laying more eggs than her family can eat. Anyway, when I went to get them from her she had stacks of egg cartons sitting on her counter. She informed me that they hadn't been washed and she said that if you don't wash eggs you can leave them out of the fridge for up to a month.... is that true? It seems weird to me but maybe just because I am used to refrigerated store bought eggs.

    Also I was wondering should I leave the eggs unwashed and put them in the fridge (I think I'd just prefer them refrigerated) or will they still last the same amount of time if I wash them and then refrigerate?

    Thanks,
    Renee
     
  2. rebrascora

    rebrascora Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi

    Yes they will last a month at room temperature if unwashed, possibly even longer. If you are concerned about the eggs being off, before you use them, place them in a jug of tap water. If they stay submerged they are fine, if they float, it's probably best to discard them.... carefully..... rotten eggs can explode, so put them in a bag or container to dispose of.

    Eggs have a coating called "bloom" on them which helps them to keep better. If you wash them it removes the bloom and they will not keep so well, so it's best to put them in the fridge (if you feel happier storing them chilled) unwashed and only wash them when you come to use them.

    Regards

    Barbara
     
  3. Renee572

    Renee572 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks Barbara that was very helpful! :)
     

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