Do you see what I see? Yes, that is a chicken egg in our shed slash laundry room.
You see, our chickens are free roaming. I’m not talking free range as in enclosed with hundreds of other chickens in a building, I’m talking real free roaming.
Of course we have a coop for our chickens to live in but they always seem to find a way out. Maybe the open door plays a role?
Besides the fact that we cannot possibly grow vegetables in our backyard without a 99.47% chance they will be scratched up by chickens, I don’t mind them roaming our backyard.
By roaming our backyard I really mean our fenced in backyard as well as our neighbors yard, the alley, down the street and occasionally the front yard.
Usually our chickens will go back to their coop to lay in the hay but the other day, while removing clothes from the dryer, I saw the brown egg tucked away in the corner. How long it had been there, I do not know.
I don’t want to just toss the egg because of my uncertainty, so how do I check if the egg is okay before cracking it open? Well, it’s funny you ask. I just put the egg in a bowl full of enough warm water to completely cover it.
If the egg sinks, it’s still fresh. If it floats completely, you are probably dealing with a stink bomb.
If it only lifts up on one side it should still be good, just use it within two days. What do you think of my superb demonstration?
While we’re on the subject of eggs, I just want to go ahead and confess that I don’t wash my chickens eggs. Gross, right? Well, think again. As The Prairie Homestead shares, egg shells are actually porous and washing them (especially in cold water) causes any bacteria to leech into the egg. So unless I am dealing with a very soiled egg, I just put them in the fridge for later use. If I ever do need to clean one, I normally just use a paper towel to gently wipe off any dirty spots.