No, but I break my eggs separately into a cup before adding them to the rest of the main ingredients. That way, if there was a rotten egg, I could throw it out, before it is included in the main ingredients, or I would have to start from scratch. That would be annoying !!!
It's not just the date, it's whether they've been refrigerated. Even if you keep them in the fridge at home, sometimes they're not kept in one in the supermarket, or not consistently in transit, so they go off faster. Supermarket eggs can be quite old by the time they get to you as well. But most people eat them and are fine.
I don't check my eggs in water, I check the Used by date on the box. Luckily I went to boil the egg in the photo and it floated, so I threw it out and got another one. I am glad I wasn't making a omelette or cake! It made me wonder if I should check them from now on!
Something is wrong with them. I had one put down because she was sick. Then another got her head caught and ended up with a limp. Although she got better, there is now a third that has a limp! My goodness, this has never happened in the past!
My neighbour rescued some battery hens but one got ill and had to be put down. . . . makes you wonder. My chooks from thirty years ago were hale and hearty and only ever needed worming. My neighbour's chooks are revelling in their new found freedom. So cute.
Yes, actually. She's got an infection. I've got to take her to the vet. I'm afraid he's going to tell me she has to be put down. There is a surgery I can do at home, but I don't think I can do it. >.< I don't want to put her down. FML.
Aw< vee, that's sad. What about some good old fashioned advice from a chook farm? Vets only do six weeks on chooks and that covers all birds. If they want to go any further they have to specialise. Sometimes the old wisdom works well. I just wish I could remember more about the foot thing :((
It's ok, Rice. I appreciate it. Unfortunately, I had to have her put down. The vet said she was in really bad condition. I feel like crap for not having her looked at earlier - poor girl. It looks like another one has copped it too. She is malting. >.< I just don't understand. We have done nothing different, and this is happening all of a sudden and just recently.
To be honest with you, Rice. I don't think they've been wormed. I didn't even know that was a thing...my husband says that his grandfather - whose hens these were - never did that and the hens were always fine. I'll take this one to the vet and ask him for his opinion...?
For worms you can buy worming stuff that goes in their water once a month (I got it from a chicken rescue place). It's heaps easier than getting them to swallow tablets. Feeding them raw garlic and onion can help too, but can give the eggs a sulpher smell.
Also the breed they are can be a factor. ISA Browns (the brown ones they have in battery farms) have a lot of problems with their reproductive system because they're bred to lay too many eggs. They don't live long and there's not really much you can do about it (unless you can get hold of/want to shell out for a hormonal implant from the vet that can stop them from laying so their bodies can repair themselves).
I go through all the cartons to get the one with the furthest use by date. I also break them before consuming them or adding them to a recipe. I am awful with eggs . . . if I even think there is doubt, I just can't eat it. I should go back to having my own chooks.
We have hens, and usually we collect the eggs every day, check them against the light for cracks, write the date on them and refrigerate them. If I miss a day or so, or find some that weren't in the nesting box or something I do the floating thing to see how fresh they are, and always crack them into a cup instead of straight into the pan or mixing bowl so if there is a gross one it doesn't ruin the whole dish.
Jennifer, thanks for the handy tips. I tried some worming liquid. Unfortunately, it smelt funny and they didn't drink much. The one I thought was on her way out, is still ok. I will try the garlic idea for sure. Thanks again. :-)