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Some chicken egg questions
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Kokanee    Posted 05-28-2003 at 18:28:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi I have a few questions about these chickens I have.I am getting 8-12 eggs per day.We are gettin backed up with eggs and need to know how long they will keep in the refrigerator?

Some hens will sit on the eggs all day.I,m at work when they lay and by the time I get home they have been sat on for hours.How long is to long??

Also I have plenty of nesting boxes for all.But they prefer to sit with each other in the same boxes to the point where they are on top of each other.
This is causing kaos around here due to the push and shove racket that they produce.Why the heck do these chickens want to lay with each other.They were hatched in the field last spring and have run at large till I cooped them 6 weeks ago.I,m thinkin maybe thats why??

Kelly    Posted 05-31-2003 at 21:10:10       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Sell them, I have a neighbor who used to sell them a dollar a dozen, and she had a lot of eggs still, people love that fresh egg taste, they taste so much better than store bought eggs. Put you a little fresh eggs for sale sign out, and see if that helps, that freezing the eggs thing sounds like a great idea too.

cowgirlj    Posted 05-29-2003 at 06:02:04       [Reply]  [Send Email]
A friend of mine that worked in an Egg Plant, told me this. The eggs can be kept for months if refridgerated. And sometimes they have been in storage for weeks before the reach the super market shelves. The key to long storage is to not let the yolk settle and touch the inside of the shell. He said, at the plant the eggs are stacked on pallets that can be flipped over every couple of days. If the yolks do settle and touch the inside of the shell, that's when you get the strong sulfer smell, and they will spoil quickly.

One thing to remember, you can get salmonella poisoning from eggs, so please do refridgerate them, and wash them before storing them. Bits of manure can absorb through the shell and contaminate the egg inside with bacteria.

We used to sell our surplus eggs to a small local restaurant. Maybe you can do the same?

Linda    Posted 05-28-2003 at 23:52:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
I tried to research this when we had laying hens. It seems the big commercial egg production folks store (refrigerate) fresh eggs up to 4 MONTHS! After I learned that, we did keep eggs sometimes for a couple of months. By then, just break them one at a time and watch for cloudiness or an off smell. Most of them will be fine.

Collecting them once of twice a day is fine. Put them in the frig promptly. I learned eggs I left out on the counter overnight didn't keep as well as those I put into cartons and refrigerated right away.

Have fun! If you just become buried in eggs, the neighbors will love to have some fresh eggs.

screaminghollow    Posted 05-28-2003 at 18:40:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
some folks "can" hard boiled eggs, some pickle them. When I was a kid, my dad would bring home several dozen eggs about once a month. They do keep a fairly long time, but my mother, being frugal, got some plastic ice cube trays, spayed them with spray cooking oil, and broke one egg into each of the ice cube holes, she then put them in the deep freeze. When the eggs were froze hard , she'd pack the egg cubes into plastic containers and keep them in the deep freeze. If we were having omlets for Sunday breakfast, she'd get a dozen egg cubes out the night before. If she was baking a cake, she'd get how ever many she needed out to thaw. We sure ate a lot of french toast, omlets, scrambled eggs etc. (my cholesterol is still too low!)

Sid    Posted 05-28-2003 at 18:37:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
I do not know how long you can keep eggs in the fridge, but we have had them keep for three or four weeks. If you gather eggs every day your eggs should be fine even though the hen has sat on them .

bandersnatch    Posted 05-28-2003 at 18:43:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
Keep in mind that when a chicken sits on the egg and keeps it at 101 degrees for 21 days, it doesn't spoil, it becomes a chick. We don't much care if the hen sat em for two or three days, so long as they aren't cracked.

Sid    Posted 05-28-2003 at 18:37:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
I do not know how lond you can keep eggs in the fridge, but we have had them keep for three or four weeks. If you gather eggs every day your eggs should be fine even though the hen has sat on them .

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