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The egg

Questions about the egg: shelf life, quality & Co.

What does the print on a bought egg tell me?

e.g. DE - 1234567
DE stands for Germany
0 stands for ecological production
1 stands for free-range farming
2 stands for floor farming
3 stands for cage management
The following number shows the laying farm. Exceptions to the new declaration requirement are permitted for eggs at weekly markets and with direct marketers.

How do you know what color a chicken's eggs will be?

Those who buy chicken-consciously tend to go for the brown rather than the white egg. The color of the egg depends entirely on the breed of chicken, it is genetically determined. The color of the ear disc in the chicken is a rough guide. Most often, chickens with white ear disks lay white eggs and chickens with red ear disks lay brown eggs. The Araucana breed lays pale green eggs.

How many eggs does a hen lay each year?

Modern breeds specially bred for egg production (hybrid breeds) lay up to 300 eggs a year. The prerequisite, however, is that the keeping conditions and the feed are optimally tailored to the needs of the chicken.

As a small herd keeper, this value will only rarely be achieved, as, for example, the highly concentrated complete feed could be displaced by the feed taken up in the run and thus egg production would decrease. In addition, the number of eggs laid is highly dependent on the breed; old domestic breeds usually lay fewer eggs than modern hybrid crosses.

Under good housing conditions, well-known laying breeds can lay 150 to 260 eggs per year, including a light program in winter so that the chickens do not stop laying during the darker season.

Why does a chicken lay eggs?

Chickens have a strange characteristic: when they want to reproduce, they lay eggs even when there is no male.

In addition, egg-laying is not limited to a certain time of the year; a light program can encourage the chicken to continue laying eggs during the darker season.

How long does a chicken lay eggs?

The number of eggs a chicken can lay in its lifetime is determined by the number of eggs in its ovaries. When the eggs in the ovaries are used up, the chicken cannot lay any more eggs. Since a chicken can live to be more than 10 years old, it will not lay eggs after 4-5 years because the eggs from the ovaries have been used up.

That is why modern chickens are usually slaughtered after one laying period (the chickens are housed in the 18-22 week of life, then they start to lay and are then kept for about a year), as the number of eggs laid then decreases. The chicken then goes into moult, that is, it changes its plumage, it stops egg production during this time. After moulting, fewer eggs are laid, but usually larger ones. (this applies to the second year)

The commercial chicken farmers decide to slaughter after the first year of laying, because afterwards the number of eggs decreases and the chicken can still be sold well as a soup chicken, the older a chicken gets, the tougher it will be in the pot.

So the organic farmers also opt for the early end of the chicken because they only live on the number of eggs laid (the soup chicken usually does not cover costs) and it is not economically worthwhile for them to let the chickens live longer.

I don't know anything about a charity farm for retired chickens.

Do eggs with a brown shell taste better than those with a white shell?

The eggshell color is determined in the chickens genetic makeup. The taste of the eggs essentially results from what is eaten (the composition of the feed and the intake of aromatic feed substances, e.g. too much fish meal in the ration can lead to a fishy taste in the egg, just as the feeding of particularly aromatic herbs can lead to a slightly herbal taste). Feed and animal health. So the taste of the eggs is not related to the color of the eggs.

Can You Eat Fertilized Eggs?

As long as fertilized eggs have not yet been hatched, their taste cannot be distinguished from others. You can eat them without restrictions.

The situation is completely different if the eggs have been incubated for a day or more. Then the development and thus the change process in the egg takes place very quickly. After a few days a network of blood vessels has already formed and on the fourth day you can clearly see the embryo.

These eggs are of course no longer suitable for consumption. Unless you are in local markets in Asia where chicks that have almost hatched are offered as a delicacy.

How are eggs best stored?

The best place to store eggs is in a cool cellar at a temperature of 12-14 degrees, especially in the warm season. The eggs should never first be stored in the refrigerator, as they will then start to sweat.

Eggs should never be stored next to things that have a strong smell, as they can easily take on foreign smells.

Can I wash eggs?

In principle, eggs should not be washed, just rubbed with a clean, dry cloth. Dirty eggs are generally suitable for consumption, but should be used soon and not stored for long. However, they are not allowed to be placed on the market.

The dirt on the shell can be removed with warm water, but this usually destroys the natural protective layer on the egg so that pathogens can easily penetrate the egg. That is why it is important to prevent any contamination of the egg. E.g. clean litter in the nests, or roll-off nests, here the egg rolls through a hole in the floor onto a drawer underneath and is therefore no longer accessible for the chicken.

What means can be used to wash eggs?

No detergents should be used to wash eggs, as detergent completely removes the natural protective effect on the egg shell and thus pathogens can penetrate immediately. Of course, eggs can be washed right before cooking.

How long do chicken eggs keep?

Because the chickens can only lay a maximum of one egg per day, a chicken also needs two to three weeks to collect 10-12 eggs in a nest to hatch. That is why nature has built in a natural protection of the egg from spoilage here.

Chicken eggs should be stored in a cool place for at least three days before consumption, as the egg will still ripen to a certain extent during this time, which improves the taste and pelletability of the shell. In general, eggs can be stored in a cool place for 2-3 weeks without any problems without affecting the quality. The legislator prescribes that eggs intended for sale must be refrigerated from the 17th day.

In order not to lose track of things, you should think of a system for marking the laying date, e.g. you can write the laying date on the egg with a pencil. After three weeks of storage, the egg loses its antibacterial protection and pathogens can penetrate more intensely, so that after this time the eggs should only be used for cooking or baking.