This morning I heard some odd noises from the chicken coop. One of the hens was working herself up to either a full-on “I laid an egg” cackle, or she was going to crow like a rooster. Hard to say. (They do both. It’s kind of a hormonal thing in post-menopausal chickens.)
Eventually the noise settled down, and I went outside to check on the nest box, just to see. I truly did not expect to find anything there. I mean, these are old hens. How long do chickens lay eggs, anyway? Not usually this long. But there’s always the off chance of getting an egg or two every once in a while.
Well, I found five. Oops!
This one is all on me. Obviously I have been snoozing on the job. I cleaned the coop a week ago, so I know that the eggs are no more than seven days old. Chickens usually lay an egg a day. These two, a little less often than that. It’s hard to say if all five were laid by one hen, or if they were both laying.
Anyway, they always tell you that eggs are sterile. That they don’t need refrigeration, as long as you don’t wash off the outer coating, and you keep them at a reasonable temperature. Our temps have been in the 50s.
Still though… I just can’t do it. I think I’m going to have to chuck these in the compost heap.
(It would be a more difficult decision if I hadn’t just bought an 18-pack of eggs at the store yesterday.)
What do you think, eat or not?