Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by yankee, Aug 11, 2007.

  1. yankee

    yankee In the Brooder

    Feb 21, 2007
    Does everybod refrigerate their eggs? How long can they remain
    un-refrigerated and be safely eaten? Do they ever go bad?
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    They go bad eventually but they don't last that long here before they are sold or eaten. I refrigerate mine but when my mom was back in china, they'd get eggs and they'd just sit out all times of the year on the table for a few weeks and still get eaten. I actually have a few eggs sitting in my room that have been here for 3-4 years and they have just dried up. No plans on eating them though!
  3. ella

    ella Songster

    I'll refrigerate mine eventually, they may sit out for a few days before I get to it though. Unfertilized unwashed fresh chicken eggs easily stay good for more than a month unrefrigerated.

    Think about it: In the wild a hen lays 1 egg a day for 12 days THEN starts to sit on them to incubate them. By that time the oldest has been sitting for 12 + days in up to 90 degree heat, yet it's not rotten.

    The U.S. is one of only a few countries that refrigerate eggs, Europe and elsewhere they are not.
  4. jamiebartlett

    jamiebartlett Songster

    Mar 19, 2007
    I've been wondering about that! Will the first egg that got laid on day 1, hatch before the egg that got laid on day 12? Or does the 21 days start as soon as mama hen sets on them? [​IMG]
  5. bigzio

    bigzio Crowing

    Jan 20, 2007
    I choose to put mine in the fridge right after they are collected through the day. I'am sure mine are totally fresh, cause alot of different people will consume them. I need to know they are superior to anything in the stores.

  6. Chelly

    Chelly Cooped Up

    May 11, 2007
    Yep - in South Africa, we never refrigerated our eggs.... our butter also stayed out on the table!
  7. Zenbirder

    Zenbirder Songster

    May 3, 2007
    New Mexico
    One of my friends wants to buy eggs, but she insists that they not be refrigerated, EVER! She says once they get cold, then if you take them out they will go bad faster. I wondered then what about winter eggs, they will get cold before I collect them. She didn't have an answer for that one, her experiences were from living in the tropics. Is this "no cold before leaving at room temp" true?
  8. yankee

    yankee In the Brooder

    Feb 21, 2007
    Thanks for all the replies. I also like to backpack and they sell those little hard egg holders. I always wonderd how long people would carry the eggs on the trail before they eat them.

    I've also heard about once cold they must stay cold. Anybody but Zenbirder and I heard of that?????????

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