There are MANY benefits to having Backyard Chickens but the #1 reason most people get into it is for the eggs!! There is something incredibly satisfying about caring for animals and having them, in turn, provide you with a household essential aka chicken egg gathering. It is important to collect chicken eggs everyday once they start laying (esp. in extreme temperatures). If your chickens free-range – it may be more difficult to “find” their stash of eggs everyday as they LOVE to find secluded places. Whether YOU, your kids or someone else is the daily collector . . . as with anything else in life – it is ALWAYS more fun to do when you get to “wear” or use something fun. So, make the small investment. Little hands usually struggle to carry more than a few eggs at a time.
I will never forget my cute little 3 year old neighbor who wanted SO badly to collect the eggs on his own. He came to my back door with 3 eggs in his small hands – and while trying to open the door – accidentally smashed an egg and felt SO bad. Accidents happen – but help prevent them by providing other FUN ways. His face when he placed the eggs on the skelter was PRICELESS: utter excitement, wonder and joy.
Chicken Egg Collecting Apron
This adorable apron can be ordered in a Kid, Teen or Adult size and holds 3,6 or 12 eggs. I have an adult sized one and my kids will happily wrap it around themselves and go collect the eggs.
If you like to sew or want to DIY an egg collecting apron – Sewing To the Moon has a FREE and easy pattern & tutorial to make your own HERE.
Chicken Egg Gathering Basket
Baskets work GREAT to collect Chicken Eggs – every now and then I’ll end up with one that cracks – but it is RARE!! If you are a thrifter – visit your local thrift store and grab a basket. Choose a wire or a wood chicken egg gathering basket. It honestly doesn’t matter – it’s about preference. Just make sure it has a handle for the Little Hands who want to help! Here are a few from Amazon that are Adorable!!
This vintage style wire basket is PERFECT for your daily egg collection. It’s oval shape and wooden handles will go with any decor and be easy to carry by big or little hands.
How cute are these wooden fruit baskets? They would collect chicken eggs in STYLE for sure!! They come in a set of two. I can think of SOOO many things that I could do with these: Halloween Candy Buckets, Easter Egg Gathering, Harvesting Veggies in the garden, etc. PLUS, they come in 2 other colors: raw wood and a farmhouse white.
Egg Storage – Kitchen Counter
Once you’ve collected your yummy chicken eggs . . . and you bring them inside – how do you store them? The way you store them is a reflection of YOU & who you are (your STYLE). Chicken eggs can be stored on your counter for 2 weeks (UNWASHED!) and 3 months (UNWASHED) in the fridge. So, first let’s start with HOW do you store them on your counter . . . Because they can only stay on your counter for 2 weeks – I use an egg skelter.
First of all, it is STILL fun to set the eggs at the top of the skelter and watch it race down to “bump” into the next egg. It never gets old. My kids esp. like this feature. Everyone who comes into my kitchen comments on the skelter. They ALL want to try it. Secondly, I always use the eggs from the bottom – so I never question if my eggs are fresh. Every now and then the “bump” will cause a small egg fracture – but it only happens periodically – not something I worry about.
Egg 2 Tier Storage Tray with Erasable Chalkboard Label – this beautiful tray will hold 36 eggs on the top tier and either more eggs or other items in the bottom drawer. Seriously, WHO wouldn’t want this on their counter – it is SO cute!!
Bamboo Egg Storage Tray – can be used in the fridge or on the counter. Will hold 24 eggs. Eco-friendly and space saving – great for any minimalist space or in a small kitchen.
Egg Storage – In the Fridge
IF your eggs last over 2 weeks on your counter (Mine RARELY do!)- you’ll want to put them (UNWASHED) in the Fridge. There are lots of ways to store eggs in the fridge. They can stay in your fridge for up to 3 months (as long as you haven’t washed them!)
When chickens lay eggs – the outer coating of the egg is called the BLOOM – this has some all-natural antibacterial qualities to it that help it to stay good – once you wash this away – that protection is gone – so DO NOT wash your eggs when you bring them in from the coop. Even when they are covered in chicken poop – RESIST!!!
This Ceramic Egg Tray is cute and functional. It can be used in the fridge or on the counter and holds 12 eggs. Easy to reuse and wash when eggs crack or break – this beats an egg carton anyday!! I have two of these that I use in my fridge to house extras (esp. in the winter when my girls slow down their laying – this comes in handy!)
This Semi-Enclosed Stackable Egg Holder will house 36 eggs and is auto-scrolling (meaning they automatically roll from the back to the front – so you can be sure you are using the oldest ones first. Easy to clean and collect chicken eggs in your refrigerator.
If you are partial to traditional egg cartons – this Set of 2 Plastic, Stackable Refrigerator Bins might be for you. They simply eliminate the paper egg carton and give you reusable, washable ones in a design you are already comfortable with.
Chicken Egg Gathering Conclusion
STYLE is simply a way of expressing yourself or doing things. Your STYLE may differ from mine – and that is perfectly fine!! In fact, it’d be weird and awkward if we all did things the same! Embrace your STYLE and do some chicken egg gathering with a flair that screams YOU!!
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