Refrigerating eggs?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by funkychickenowner, Sep 20, 2008.

  1. funkychickenowner

    funkychickenowner In the Brooder

    Aug 30, 2008
    Sussex County NJ
    How soon should eggs be refrigerated after laying? And how long will they stay without refrigerating? Curious as to how this may effect them for hard boiling and problem with shell removal. I have read that fresh eggs do not peel well is this true?
  2. d.k

    d.k red-headed stepchild

    *Mine get refrigerated immediately after they cool from laying. I have heard it's true that they don't peel well when absolutely fresh, but I am not a big hard-boiled egg fan, so I can't really tell you how long to hold them until boiling.
  3. ibpboo

    ibpboo Where Chickens Ride Horses

    Jul 9, 2007
    always changing
    Its a personal preference to refrigerate or not. It is true the very fresh eggs are hard to peel after hard boiling. Maybe give them about a week, I think, before hard boiling. Eggs last for several weeks. You can read on this site on how to test for freshness with the float method.
    Last edited: Sep 20, 2008
  4. Gindee77

    Gindee77 Songster

    Mar 31, 2008
    QCA, Illinois
    We gather eggs all throughout day and they sit in a basket on my kitchen table (I just love looking at them! Okay, so I'm weird! [​IMG] ) the end of the day, I log them and then put them in the refrigerator.
  5. antlers

    antlers Songster

    Jun 20, 2008
    East Cent Minnesota
    I pick eggs out of the nests once a day. They are cleaned if needed and then refridgerated. THey will keep fine about a week with out refridgeration but stay fresher longer with refridgeration though. (think hen laying to brood a batch. THey dont spoil in the week she is laying the clutch. ) Seems like mine have to be about 2 weeks old or more in the fridge before I boil em if I want them to peel easier...
  6. sunnychooks

    sunnychooks Songster

    Jul 21, 2007
    Quote:I do exactly the same thing. If I plan on hard cooking eggs I leave them out overnight on the counter. If you "age" them at room temperature they will be easier to peel.
  7. funkychickenowner

    funkychickenowner In the Brooder

    Aug 30, 2008
    Sussex County NJ
    Great thanks for the advice! [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

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