Spoiled eggs float in water?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by mom4morecritters, Jan 11, 2009.

  1. mom4morecritters

    mom4morecritters Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay, I've read that if you submerge an egg in water and it floats, throw it out because it isn't any good. My question is will the WHOLE egg float, or just one end? I have yet to have an egg float, but I have had some eggs where one end would float up.
     
  2. IB chicken

    IB chicken Out Of The Brooder

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    The whole egg will float.
     
  3. Splash_Guard

    Splash_Guard Set Free

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    If it lays completely flat, it's very fresh....it begins to tilt with time. I've never seen a floating egg, lucky me, eh? I don't bother with the horizontals either, not fresh enough.
     
  4. MandyH

    MandyH You'll shoot your eye out!

    the air cell gets bigger with time hence the floating egg.
     
  5. mom4morecritters

    mom4morecritters Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Excellent input! Thanks everyone!

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  6. dancingbear

    dancingbear Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If they'll lying horizontal on the bottom, they're fresh. If they tip up a bit, they aren't real fresh, but still ok. I use them up soon, if they stand on end I hard boil them. If they float, I throw them out.
     
  7. dancingbear

    dancingbear Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I'm sure you meant to say you don't bother with verticals, horizontals would be the ones that lay flat.
     
  8. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

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    Good eggs can float, too, if they have a larger air cell. Eggs the same age can have different sized air cells. The amount of bloom on an egg can effect how fast the water inside evaporates out. An egg doesn't have to be bad, to float.
     
  9. SoccerMomof7

    SoccerMomof7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Should I be doing the float test on my eggs?
     
  10. ametauss

    ametauss Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I assume this holds true for Turkey and Duck eggs as well??

    I just found a stash and it was warm for a few days and didn't know if I should eat them or fry them up for them to eat!!!

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