To refrigerate or to not refrigerate?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by SilkieChickenLover336, Mar 10, 2016.

  1. SilkieChickenLover336

    SilkieChickenLover336 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 16, 2011
    New Jersey
    I just wanted to know what everyone does with their eggs they get! Do you refrigerate them or do you leave them on your kitchen counter?

    I refrigerate mine[​IMG]
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    As a general rule, it they have been washed, they need refrigeration. If unwashed, they don't.
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  3. scooter147

    scooter147 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 30, 2008
    I do not wash mine and put them in a basket on the kitchen counter.

    That being said my eggs don't last more than a week. They are either eaten or sold.
  4. ChickenMammX4

    ChickenMammX4 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 17, 2015
    SW Ohio

    Same here.
  5. Soylent Chick

    Soylent Chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 6, 2015
    Mine go straight from the nest box to an egg carton on the countertop.
  6. sawilliams

    sawilliams Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 12, 2015
    Nor Cal
    Mine go into the garage refrigerator, it makes it easy on the kids if they are getting the eggs. No dots to go through so less chance of dropping or damaging. I wash them when I bring then inside. Well, rinse really luke warm water just to make sure there is no debris. Then into the inside fridge. Again for me it really has to do with the kids if they are helping to cook and drop egg shell in a bowl I don't want to worry about if I have to throw everything in the bowl out or not. I haven't decided if we will still wash and refrigerate them in a few more months once we get into an egg routine. But for now I've only had chickens for about 4 months (got them as pullets) and only last week did the last of my 6 start laying. Up until about 2 months ago I was still buying store eggs to offset production. Once I have a better idea of how many I'll average a week and, how many I need to take to my mom and how many extra I can sell to friends I'll be better able to plan ahead and can possibly start counter top storing them. But then for my house we also don't always use a lot of eggs except weekend breakfasts so sometimes some of those eggs are in my fridge nearly 2 weeks.
  7. sbct172

    sbct172 New Egg

    Mar 5, 2016
    Same here. After we collect them they sometimes sit out for a few days. But if bloom is washed off they go in fridge but we eat them fast
  8. 45ishChickenMom

    45ishChickenMom Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 8, 2015
    I haven't bought eggs since October. I collect the eggs and rinse them off after a couple days. Then I use warm mineral oil to coat them. They stay on the counter. No one has gotten sick yet!
  9. saltandpepper2

    saltandpepper2 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I never refrigerate my chicken eggs, but always refrigerate my duck eggs if they aren't being used up within the week. For some reason they seem to spoil a whole lot faster. Usually I sell my chicken eggs within 2-3 days of them being layed, but pretty sure none of my clients refrigerate them either! No need if they're super fresh! [​IMG]
  10. SilkieChickenLover336

    SilkieChickenLover336 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 16, 2011
    New Jersey

    What does the mineral oil do? That's interesting, I have never heard of anyone doing that

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