Finding Rogue Chicken Eggs

Our chickens are free range chickens, which mean they come and go from their chicken house as they wish. They are very good about laying eggs in the nesting box but, everyone once in a while we will find a rogue nest of at least dozen eggs. Sometimes those eggs were good to eat and sometimes they were not. I would crack open a not so good egg and it would stink up the kitchen!
I have since found out how to test an egg, if I am not sure if it is edible I put it in a glass of water. The water must cover the egg at least an inch. If the egg sinks, then the egg is fresh. If the egg lies at an angle or stands on its end, use it in a recipe. But if the egg floats, it is rotten, discard it.
Here is a poem to help you remember this tip:
Can you eat that egg?
By Scott Matthews

If not sure you ought-ter,
then place it in water.
If it lies on its side,
then it's fresh; eat with pride.
After three or four days,
at an angle it lays.
But, it still is a treat,
so go on and eat.
Ten days, stands on end,
in your baking 'twill blend.
'Cause it's definitely edible,
in your baking, incredible.
But, if it floats on the surface,
that egg serves no purpose.
'Cause a floater's a stinker!
Out the back door best fling 'er!

Good Egg

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