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When do eggs expire?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by greenchickenman, Apr 15, 2012.

  1. From the day egg is laid it gets refrigerated. How long after that until they expire from being edible? Im sure it takes the hatcheries time to get them approved and shipped to get an expiration date stamped on them so how long do we have....

  2. raymondjames

    raymondjames Chirping

    Sep 18, 2011
    a lot of people say 5-6 weeks it is 'stale' and loses flavor. actually its quite a while. it will probably rot sometime after that. of course, times are shorter if not fridge'd but the hatcheries take only 1-2 weeks to ship eggs so that definitely in the limit. but it might not matter as much for hatching eggs because the eggs arent planned for eating and the terms for hatching eggs are probably looser.
  3. Den in Penn

    Den in Penn Songster

    Dec 15, 2011
    SE Pa.
    Mother Earth News did a test on various storage methods. I wish I had the link. To sum it up, there were still some eatable eggs almost a year later. Now would I eat those eggs if I had a fresher egg, I think not. Eggs in the refrigerator two months are still good, I think I had a few of those over the years. When a egg sits any where fridge, counter top, it loses moisture all the time and oxygen seeps in lowering the quit of the egg. The longer an egg sits the more chance a germ has to find a chink in the eggs amour and gets in. Commercial egg producers with modern equipment, have their eggs sorted and graded as fast as the hens can lay them. Its the distribution time that's the bug, as raymondjames pointed out. When sales are good and the producers have matched production to demand, the time can be as little as a few days. When demand is bad, well any number of BYCers can testify the eggs can pile up in storage.
    To the OP question on how long after expiration date are they good for me I'd go no more than a month.
  4. marlo1968

    marlo1968 Songster

    Mar 31, 2012
    Lorenzo, TX
    I can't keep them around long enough to worry about expiration...lol...We get about 9 doz a week and sell 7 doz a week,

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