Secret nest.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by araeihrig, Dec 24, 2014.

  1. araeihrig

    araeihrig Out Of The Brooder

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    I found a secret nest in my hay barn that my chickens have apparently taken to. I found 11 eggs in there. I only have 4 laying birds and 1 of them is still molting pretty good. My question is: How do I know if the eggs are any good? Do I see if they float?

    I haven't noticed this nest before.
     
  2. araeihrig

    araeihrig Out Of The Brooder

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    This one broke when I was drying it off.
     
  3. krista74

    krista74 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yep, exactly.

    Get a large, deep glass of water and dip each egg into it separately.

    A 'good' or fresh egg will sink to the bottom.

    A 'bad' or stale egg will float up near the top.

    An egg that sinks to the bottom of the glass, but stands on it's end or at an angle is ok to eat, but you need to eat it now, not in a week's time.

    The egg test relies on the air bubble in the egg. The older the egg, the bigger the air bubble becomes - hence the floating.

    Hope this helps!

    - Krista

    PS: Sneaky, sneaky little birdies you have there, hiding their eggs!
     
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  4. dheltzel

    dheltzel Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    When I find a nest like that, I examine the shell of each egg, if it is shiny and doesn't have the finish and texture of a fresh egg, it gets tossed. The ones that look good get gently shaken, any sloshing sound or movement gets that one tossed as well. We never sell the remaining suspect eggs, but put them in the fridge for personal use and crack them individually in a bowl to check their appearance before cooking them.

    Floating is another test, but I can weed out the really bad ones before that and the rest are safe enough to crack and examine.
     
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  5. araeihrig

    araeihrig Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you guys! I was just getting hay for the horses and looked over and saw all of these eggs off to the side. I was just like "what the..?"
     
  6. LaylaFlora

    LaylaFlora Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a friend who found a secret nest last month that had 29 eggs in it. She floated them and only had to get rid of 3 that were questionable. All the rest sank. Thank goodness!
     
  7. araeihrig

    araeihrig Out Of The Brooder

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    Wow! That's a lot of eggs!
     

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