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Doug Barth
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Hello permies! We had a lot of water flowing into our pond this spring. The sides of the ponds were overrun with water. Now, the ducks laid eggs last year on the shore and random nests they make. With the large amount of water everywhere, we are finding eggs in the water.

My wife says they are not good anymore. I go back and forth on it. The water is COLD. My hand is ice after collecting these eggs. But the eggs have a permeable shell.

I don't know which way. I don't want to throw them away. There is the egg test to see if an egg is good by seeing if it floats in water. But the wife says the junk in pond wouldn't show up.

What do ya'll think?
 
Hester Winterbourne
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nope. wet + dirty = germs in egg = food poisoning!
 
Craig Dobbson
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I compost all eggs in that condition.  Better safe than sorry, in my opinion.  When I find eggs in dry places that seem like they have just been laid within the last week, I put them in a bowl of cool water.  If they float I throw them all away.  If they all sink I generally use them to feed piglets or chickens.  As an egg goes bad it produces gases inside that cause it to float. 

Wet and dirty... cold or not, compost pile.  I don't even break them.  let that happen in the pile.  Bad smells will abound from one rotten egg.  YUCK!
 
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