Storing fresh eggs


10 Years
Oct 4, 2009
I have heard from some chicken farmers in our area that you can keep fresh eggs unrefrigerated for up 45 days. My daughter talked to a lady that hatches eggs the other day and she said that isn't true. Is there anyone out there that can correctly answer this question for me?
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Premium Feather Member
13 Years
Feb 2, 2009
Southeast Louisiana
First, this Mother Earth article is exactly about storing eggs, refrigerated and not refrigerated. It is a bit of a long read but it is the best answer I can give you because there are a few variables, such as temperature and humidity.

Storing Eggs

Freshness can mean different things to different people. This section of the Egg Quality Handbook discusses what happens as an egg ages. Maybe between these two links you can get a better answer to your question.

However, if your question involves hatching an egg instead of eating it, the answer changes dramatically. You guessed it. Here is a link that discusses storing eggs for hatching.

Texas A&M Incubation site publications/b6092.pdf

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