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 Post subject: Eating Fertile Eggs
PostPosted: Fri Oct 02, 2009 8:24 am 
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Not sure if I am posting this in the right area but I have a quick question.
I am collecting fertile eggs and storing them in a egg carton on the kitchen bench. I am collecting them in the hope one of my hens goes broody. I understand there is a 14 day limit on the eggs so if I don't get a broody hen within the 14 days are the eggs ok to eat rather than disposing of them?
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 Post subject: Re: Eating Fertile Eggs
PostPosted: Fri Oct 02, 2009 8:33 am 
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yes they are ok to eat if you don't set them,rather than on your kitchen bench you would be better keeping them somewhere slightly cooler, inside the cupboard perhaps :) cheers pam

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 Post subject: Re: Eating Fertile Eggs
PostPosted: Fri Oct 02, 2009 10:32 am 
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As Pam said . Point for consideration Fertile eggs will not keep as long as unfertilised eggs either out or refridgerated .
Basically if the embryo is still viable it is certainly OK to eat.


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 Post subject: Re: Eating Fertile Eggs
PostPosted: Fri Oct 02, 2009 11:26 am 
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Thanks Pam & Martin :biggrin:

So would it be safe to say - if the eggs on day 14 pass the float test I can refridgerate them. Given fertile eggs don't lat as long as non-fertile, I should probably consume them within 21(after lay) days?


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 Post subject: Re: Eating Fertile Eggs
PostPosted: Fri Oct 02, 2009 5:20 pm 
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I am sure they will be fine . Unless you are boiling in the shell , just break into a glass first
,to check them out.


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 Post subject: Re: Eating Fertile Eggs
PostPosted: Fri Oct 02, 2009 5:35 pm 
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I find fertile eggs are fine after 3 weeks, even kept in my kitchen, but I always break them into a cup before using them, just to check. BUT if they have been sat on by a broody, even for a day, so that they have been kept warmer than usual for a while, I find the yolks don't hold together, but break up in the cup, so some growth must have started. I still cook with them.

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