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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Poultrybonkers, Oct 21, 2011.

  1. Poultrybonkers

    Poultrybonkers Overrun With Chickens

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    Refrigerate their eggs won't they get spoiled?
     
  2. Olive Hill

    Olive Hill Overrun With Chickens

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    Because some people are informed.

    Will they spoil? Eventually. So will eggs kept in the refrigerator, eventually.
     
  3. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    When a hen lays an egg, she coats the egg in a protective bloom that helps keep bacteria out of the egg. If unwashed, they do not need refrigeration. They won't keep as long as eggs that are refrigerated though.
     
  4. Fiddlehead

    Fiddlehead Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is a great site with some helpful info. My thought is basically, you don't have to refrigerate your eggs, but if it is safer why not?

    http://www.eggzy.net/faq/
     
  5. chickengal30

    chickengal30 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I grew up in England and we never refrigerated our eggs, you bought them off of an unrefigerated shelf at the store, and they were put in an egg shelf, bunkbed looking holder on the counter when we got them home, never thought to put them in the fridge - and Im still here [​IMG]
    Now here in Florida, I do refrigerate them, just coz thats what I was taught to do when I moved here (almost 13 years ago, oh and Im a citizen now too!!!)
    So either way is safe, but in my house our eggs never get more than a week old - yumm!
     
  6. reneemellor

    reneemellor Out Of The Brooder

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    They keep longer in the fridge but they're just fine on the counter or pantry for quite a while. [​IMG]
     
  7. kuntrychick

    kuntrychick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They keep longer in the fridge but they're just fine on the counter or pantry for quite a while. [​IMG]

    How long is "quite a while"? A week? Two weeks? A month?, etc.

    Do any of you do the float test to check to see if eggs are good or bad? If it floats, it's bad...sinks, it's good. If it sorta bobbles (part sinking, part floating I guess the air bubble) is iffy to me & I feed those to the dogs.
     
  8. Olive Hill

    Olive Hill Overrun With Chickens

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    They keep longer in the fridge but they're just fine on the counter or pantry for quite a while. [​IMG]

    How long is "quite a while"? A week? Two weeks? A month?, etc.

    Do any of you do the float test to check to see if eggs are good or bad? If it floats, it's bad...sinks, it's good. If it sorta bobbles (part sinking, part floating I guess the air bubble) is iffy to me & I feed those to the dogs.

    Ours are never around long enough for me to worry about a float test -- I keep about a dozen on the counter at any given time, they get rotated out and the pigs eat the excess -- but if I had to do so that's precisely what I would do.

    That said, this article may be of interest to you: Mother Earth News Egg Storage Experiment
     
  9. Tracydr

    Tracydr Chillin' With My Peeps

    When I had gunieas I would do the float test because I was always finding their eggs hidden in weird patches of grass and under bushes. I would find 50-75 eggs all left in a crazy pile somewhere and have no idea if they were fresh or not.
    With cooped chickens or one's always laying in a nest box I don't worry about floating. They're always fresh. I also don't worry about refrigerating if I don't have room. I will put them in a basket on the counter. But, store bought eggs are in a different story. Because they are scrubbed, they have no bloom to protect them and I always keep them cold.
     
  10. kuntrychick

    kuntrychick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When y'all feed the dirty eggs to the chickens or dogs, do you cook them first?

    I have one dog that won't eat a raw egg, but the other 2 will.

    For the chickens, I always cook them because I don't want them turning into egg eaters.
     

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