We have some young Icelandic pullets that are just beginning to lay. When we started finding 6-8 eggs each day, then dropped down to just three or four, I figured they were hiding them somewhere. This morning, I went on an egg hunt and discovered a trove of 17 eggs in a clutch behind some old windows that were propped against the wall in the barn. The weather has been downright balmy this week, in the 40s, so the chickens are venturing from the coop during the day. The egg “basket” is actually my upturned wool beanie.
Since I’m not sure how long this clutch of eggs has been there, I thought it best to do the egg float test. I simply placed the eggs, a few at a time, into a large bowl filled with water. If they sank to the bottom of the bowl, they’re good to eat. If they floated, they’re bad. If the egg sinks to the bottom, then kind of tilts upward, its probably alright to eat, but needs to be used soon. The reason the test works is because the egg shells are porous. So when some of the liquid in the egg evaporates over time, its replaced by air which makes the egg more buoyant.