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Storing eggs that have chilled in the next box?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by revdvd, Dec 11, 2013.

  1. revdvd

    revdvd New Egg

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    My eight hens have been consistently giving us 5-6 eggs a day: enough for us and to give away. I've been collecting them in the morning and evening, then storing them unrefrigerated on the kitchen counter. Now that it's winter and temps have been hovering between 25-45 degrees each day, I'm wondering if I need to store them in the refrigerator. I thought I'd read somewhere that once the eggs have been "chilled", they should be kept chilled rather than stored at room temp. Does sitting in the next box for 2-8 hours count as chilled? I'd prefer to keep storing them at room temp. (We usually eat them before they're a week old).
     
  2. revdvd

    revdvd New Egg

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    NEST box. Dang autocorrect.
     
  3. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Good question, I've always tried to keep eggs refrigerated once they have been refrigerated/chilled (or washed). Don't know if the chilling and returning to room temp makes a difference with unwashed eggs since they still have the bloom on them.
    The ESC and various places have statements like below on their websites, so who knows.
    "Maintaining a consistent, cool temperature is critical to safety. After eggs are refrigerated, it is important that they stay that way. A cold egg left out at room temperature can sweat, facilitating the growth of bacteria. Refrigerated eggs should not be left out more than two hours."
     

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