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How Long Can I Safely Store My Backyard Eggs?

Most of us are keeping our flocks because we’re interested in getting our own eggs. The fall season is often associated with a molt or decrease in egg production across your flock.

Naturally, many people will wonder if they can stockpile their eggs to last them through the fall and winter. The answer to that is absolutely.

The USDA recommends that you keep eggs under refrigerated storage for five weeks. But many people will keep them for longer than that. I keep my eggs for upwards of two to three months in the refrigerator.

I begin collecting my eggs in the summer when my hens are still producing quite a bit. I’ll put them in the back of my refrigerator and keep them there for those times when I know I’m going to get fewer eggs.

If you want to make sure you keep a fresh stock of your own backyard eggs through the fall and winter go ahead and start stockpiling them. As long as they’re clean and under refrigeration they’ll be good.

I’ve kept them for up to a couple of months and have always been really happy with the quality of the eggs when I use them.

Nancy Jefferson
Nancy Jefferson
Nancy is a poultry nutritionist with Kalmbach Feeds with a PhD in food and animal science from West Virginia University. She resides in Crown City, Ohio with her husband John, where they raise beef cattle and keep a flock of backyard chickens. Nancy enjoys watching her chickens scratching and pecking around and collecting fresh eggs to feed to her family. She is a regular contributor to the Feed Your Flocks blog, where she provides tips and information to help backyard poultry owners get the most from their flocks. Read more about Nancy