The number one reason I started keeping chickens was because I wanted an unlimited supply of eggs.
Once my hens started laying, my wish came true.
With three hens laying steadily we’re up to 21 eggs a week. Boy did I get what I asked for!
Sometimes it’s hard to keep up with the eggs but I’m an avid baker and omelette maker (and possibly poet) so we manage well.
Storing Fresh Eggs
Freshly collected eggs can be stored up to 1 week at room temperature on your kitchen counter. There’s no need to wash your eggs.
Fun Fact! Did you know that in the UK and parts of Europe eggs are stored at room temperature at the supermarket?
Don’t Wash Them? Why?
The reason you don’t need to wash your eggs is because of the ‘egg bloom’.
The bloom is a natural coating that goes over the egg just before the chickens lays it. It seals the eggshells pores and prevents bacteria from getting inside the eggshell.
That being said, sometimes eggs get dirty. In this case you can wash your egg or eggs in warm water and eat them right away or store them in the refrigerator.
How Long Will They Last?
Eggs that are kept at room temperature will go bad faster. If you’re not going to use up your eggs within a week you can put them in the refrigerator.
Storing Eggs in the Refrigerator
Eggs will stay fresher longer in your refrigerator. I’ve been told they can keep up to six months!
The only way an egg would last that long in my house is if it got lost!
Once they are refrigerated they need to stay that way. Unless you’re eating them of course!
Fun Fact! Did you know the eggs that you get at the grocery store are already 3 weeks to 1 month old?
I hope this helps out the new chicken keeper or the would be chicken keeper that wants to get all their eggs in a row before diving into chickens!
I’d love to know what you do with your eggs!!