Since I started having my own flock of chickens, I was surprised from the amount of eggs my chickens produced and I never have intended to sell any of them and I am not intending to do so ever. So when the eggs started piling up I did a little research on how to keep my eggs fresh after having them for some time. I believe that many of our readers have similar problems so that is why I proposed to my friends at the typesofchicken.com team to do this article. So without any further introductions to the article here are a few steps on how to keep your eggs fresh.
1. Don’t wash your eggs immediately
Once you have removed the eggs from your chicken coop, don’t wash them. Store them wherever you are storing them regularly and wash them only before using them. This is important because the egg shells have a natural barrier on top of them which prevents any bacteria from going in and keeps the eggs fresh. So remember to wash them only before you decide to peel the shells off – speaking of egg shells, make sure to check out one of our previous articles about 10 amazing uses of egg shells.
2. How to keep your eggs clean if you cannot wash them immediately
I know that many wash their eggs because of the leftover feces on them and fresh eggs can be dirty sometimes. But there is a simple solution to this problem also, keep your nesting box clean. Keeping your nesting box clean is easy and simple once you get used to it. Cleaning your chicken coop in general should be a habit for any chicken keeper, if you want to know a natural and easy way to clean your coop make sure you check out how to clean your chicken coop the natural way.
3. If by any chance the egg is too dirty for storing without washing
I am aware that sometimes you have no other choice than washing the egg – wash it. But make sure that you either use it immediately or store it your refrigerator. Your eggs will stay safe to eat on room temperature for about 2 weeks, while in your refrigerator they can stay safe to eat up to 3 months. I don’t like refrigerating my eggs because I think that it can affect the taste and no matter what people say the freshness is not the same. To make sure that your eggs are safe to eat and can stay safe on a room temperature the best thing is to vaccinate your chickens regularly and feed them properly to get the best eggs.
4. How to check if your egg is good
Get a glass of water and put the egg into it, if it drops to the bottom your egg is fresh and safe to eat. An older egg (2 or 3 weeks old) will most likely not drop to the bottom but it still won`t float, that egg is also safe to eat but it will not have the same freshness as the ones that drop to the bottom. Don’t eat the eggs that float on the water they are not safe at all.
5. How to store the eggs properly
This is easy and simple – keep the eggs on a room temperature and when you are storing them make sure that the pointy end of the egg is at the bottom because the air sack on the blunt egg will keep moisture from being lost and therefore they will have their freshness for a longer time. Also try covering the eggs after storing them, it will make a big difference for the odor that they will have before using.