Refrigerating eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by mustangsaguaro, Feb 15, 2008.

  1. mustangsaguaro

    mustangsaguaro Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How long can eggs be out of the refridgerator before going bad? I am asking b/c I am participating in the Feb Egg Swap and want to get my eggs collected and shipped as soon as I know who my partner is. I want to be able to send my partner the freshest of eggs possible. I know not to refridgerate eggs that are going to be shipped. I have 4 eggs sitting out right now and am expecting at least 2 more eggs today. Haven't been laid yet.

    Kim
     
  2. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

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    I think they are only viable for up to 2 weeks MAX - anything longer and they probably won't hatch.

    The ideal is to collect the day you send them - or perhaps the day before.
    They can spend 4 days in the mail.
     
  3. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Quote:I don't refrigerate my eggs. Not even the ones I cook with.
     
  4. mustangsaguaro

    mustangsaguaro Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Right now I have 5 hens w/ only 3 maybe 4 laying. Right now I am getting 2-3 eggs/day. I know it is best to collect on the day of ship. But since I only have 2-3 eggs/day I will probably have to collect one day, wait for the next day collect those eggs, then ship.
     
  5. DrakeMaiden

    DrakeMaiden Overrun with Drakes

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    For hatching, it is my understanding that it is just best not to refrigerate. Leaving them in a cool spot is better and apparently if you turn them while they are resting they should do better. But I'm no expert.
     

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