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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Momagain1, Jul 12, 2011.

  1. Momagain1

    Momagain1 Songster

    Feb 13, 2011
    Central IL
    on the counter as long as you DONT wash them off?

    I have heard, read yes...

    and then of course ppl will say NO WAY!

    so whats the general consensus here!?

    I know in Europe etc they DONT refrig. their eggs...

    ETA: ALSO; the timeline for eggs is how long???
    so if they are left out, unwashed...they can be for how long on the counter?

    if they are refrigerated; could it be longer before they need to be used?
    Last edited: Jul 12, 2011

  2. BantamoftheOpera

    BantamoftheOpera Songster

    May 24, 2010
    Southern Maine
    I haven't for the six months my birds have been laying.
  3. Momagain1

    Momagain1 Songster

    Feb 13, 2011
    Central IL
    havent left them out or refrigerated?
  4. andrea98

    andrea98 Songster

    Apr 10, 2009
    in my barnyard....ohio
  5. BantamoftheOpera

    BantamoftheOpera Songster

    May 24, 2010
    Southern Maine
    Sorry, I haven't refrigerated them! unless they get wet somehow or are super dirty. Sorry for being vague.
  6. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

    Apr 20, 2008
    Birnamwood, Wisconsin
    We will keep ours out for up to three weeks and we have been raising chickens for almost 5 yrs now and no one has gotten sick [​IMG] IF i'm selling them as eating eggs I do refrigerate them only because the customer asks me to. IF you have to wash them for some reason do put them in the fridge though.

    BTW, someone once told me that room temp eggs (ones that have NEVER been in the fridge) taste better and it is true [​IMG] we tried it out.
  7. ChicKat

    ChicKat Crowing Premium Member

    Right, they don't refrigerate them in Europe.

    One consideration is that they often have smaller flocks 2-3 hens, and their temperatures are cooler than ours generally are. So the eggs are relatively cool and they are used faster.

    Where we are, the temperatures are 100's, and we do refrigerate.

  8. Momagain1

    Momagain1 Songster

    Feb 13, 2011
    Central IL
    yeah we have a larger flock...30 hens in one... and ones that arent old enough either in a diff. flock...

    and we are in the upper 90's and heat indexies in 110's around..

    but we are air conditioned...
  9. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    I don't refrigerate any of my eggs and they're good for a couple of months at least. I keep 'em on the counter. I only sell the most recently gathered eggs, but I don't have a lot of customers. So the older eggs are for me. I just scrambled up some more than a month old eggs and they're just fine. Om nom nom. Tasty!
  10. ChicKat

    ChicKat Crowing Premium Member

    A good consideration. We don't have AC (1922 house)--

    As long as the egg has no soil or crack, it could probably stay for some time on the counter. If you get a lot of eggs in a day, you would have to make a serious plan to use eggs.

    And eggs are so pretty! I have an "Egg Skelter" that is a spiral that you put the newest egg on the top and pull the bottom egg off, and always use the egg in the order that they are created.
    Here is what it looks like
    just one example of a pretty way to display eggs!

    The Egg Skelter by the way is from UK

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