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chicken folk - what do you do w your small eggs ?

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  • chicken folk - what do you do w your small eggs ?

    We have a rather large backyard flock (21 hens) of various ages laying about 15 eggs daily. About half of those are from mature hens and are normal to jumbo size. Our problem is a backlog of small eggs from the young, newly laying pullets. I don't want to sell those to my regular egg customers and I have made every recipe I know from quiche to egg salad trying to use them up. Even the dog no longer wants them ! What do you do w yours while they are too small to sell ?

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    Mine go to the dog, but if yours isn't interested, I've read of people selling them for minimal $$ as eggs sized for little kids. Come up with a cutesy name, and charge a buck a dozen and see what happens?

    Pickling them is also an option!

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    • #3
      I used to throw them on the floor for the hens, they gobble them up and the extra calcium in the shells are great for them.
      Mean Girls grow up to be Mean Women

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      • #4
        We freeze them. Cracking them into ice cube trays works great, or small baggies. If you want a larger amount you can add as you go into a bigger freezer bag or other container. Then you pull them out for baking/pancakes whatever.

        When the hens slow down the laying I still have eggs to cook with for things that are not too fancy.

        And yes..pickling!
        One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.
        William Shakespeare

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        • #5
          I have an egg overload right now too. I don’t sell mine though, I just give them to anyone who wants them. Neighbours, family, coworkers, etc.

          The rest go to the dog, or back to the chickens.

          Pickled and hard boiled eggs are my general “go to” snacks.

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          • #6
            Any favorite pickled egg recipes to share?

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              Originally posted by ohmyheck View Post
              We freeze them. Cracking them into ice cube trays works great, or small baggies. If you want a larger amount you can add as you go into a bigger freezer bag or other container. Then you pull them out for baking/pancakes whatever.

              When the hens slow down the laying I still have eggs to cook with for things that are not too fancy.

              And yes..pickling!
              wait, what? You can freeze eggs?

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                Oh My Heck - that's a great idea, I will try freezing a batch tomorrow ! Canadian Trotter - I've always heard that will encourage them to start pecking at and cannabalizing each other's eggs, no ? We supplement w oyster shell for calcium, and the occasional lobster/ shrimp/ crawfish shells that they love to pick clean. Good Times - I'm going to start gifting cartons of "smalls" to the barn crew, though I once encouraged the dogsitter to take home the eggs she collected in our absence and her kids said "EEEWWW, BROWN EGGS, we're not eating those "! LOL

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                • #9
                  Yes I've been warned about that cannibalizing habit as well. Once the hens get a taste for eggs and egg shell apparently they'll go hunting for them!

                  Maybe look up on the internet how you want to freeze them. There are options around freezing the whole egg (cracked out of the shell of course ) or just the whites. We used to like using the small baggies because you could parcel them up nicely that way for individual baking .. say 4-6 per bag. Now I might be more inclined towards the ice cube trays, reduce/re-use and all that..

                  There's also the question of whether to poke the yoke or not. We found it didn't make a huge difference as they'd all get beaten together when thawed anyways. Hope it works out for you : )
                  Last edited by ohmyheck; Oct. 3, 2019, 12:37 PM.
                  One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.
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                    Originally posted by baldfaceboyz View Post
                    Oh My Heck - that's a great idea, I will try freezing a batch tomorrow ! Canadian Trotter - I've always heard that will encourage them to start pecking at and cannabalizing each other's eggs, no ? We supplement w oyster shell for calcium, and the occasional lobster/ shrimp/ crawfish shells that they love to pick clean. Good Times - I'm going to start gifting cartons of "smalls" to the barn crew, though I once encouraged the dogsitter to take home the eggs she collected in our absence and her kids said "EEEWWW, BROWN EGGS, we're not eating those "! LOL
                    I wonder what they would think of my blue eggs?! Ha!

                    I just make the girls plain scrambled eggs every few days when I make my own breakfast. No one has made the connection yet.

                    As far as pickling? I just put them in the brine from my store bought pickles.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by baldfaceboyz View Post
                      Oh My Heck - that's a great idea, I will try freezing a batch tomorrow ! Canadian Trotter - I've always heard that will encourage them to start pecking at and cannabalizing each other's eggs, no ? We supplement w oyster shell for calcium, and the occasional lobster/ shrimp/ crawfish shells that they love to pick clean.
                      I gave mine oyster shells as well.

                      I threw(made sure the egg broke on impact) back too small or cracked eggs to my hens for many years and never had a problem with them cannabalizing each other's eggs. I believe as long as they are being fed enough calcium and protein the chances of them breaking and eating eggs is slim. Plus if they're getting enough calcium the eggs will have a tough shell that's hard for them to break if they do try. Also make sure to collect the eggs around 9-10am and then again at lunch time.
                      Mean Girls grow up to be Mean Women

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                      • #12
                        Can you donate them or gift them to a neighbor? Perhaps a local food bank , senior center or house of worship could suggest
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