The standard shelf life of an egg depends on where it comes from.
Eggs from the grocery store should be refrigerated for safety reasons and can be kept in the refrigerator for up to five weeks, says registered nutritionist Emily Kyle, R.D. After that, they should be placed in the freezer.
If your eggs come from a farm and have not been washed, Kyle says they can be kept at room temperature for up to a month. "This is because the eggs with a flower (thin outer layer) are placed on the outside of an egg shell that protects the egg from bacteria." As a keeper of 14 laying hens, she would know.
After a month, the farm-fresh eggs should be placed in the fridge for food safety reasons. These can be kept in the refrigerator for up to six months before being placed in the freezer, says Kyle.