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post #1 of 11
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Do you store your eggs with the pointy side up or down?

I've always put the pointy side up. I gave a friend a carton of my eggs and she turned every single egg around so the pointy side was down in the carton. I didn't say anything, but it made me curious about which is the "right" way to store the eggs.

What do you do?

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Jenni; wife, mom to 3 girls, animal lover, middle school administrator
updated 6/16/11: 57 chickens, 9 guineas, 1 peacock, 3 ducks, 10 barn cats, 6 dogs, 9 horses, 2 bunnies, 1 ornamental box turtle (I think I got them all)
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post #2 of 11

I store mine in a basket- some of them are on their sides....

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post #3 of 11

Pointy side down.  Air sac is on the rounded side, so you want to keep that up.

Although, with some eggs, I have a hard time telling which side is pointy.

post #4 of 11

Pointy end down.  For those of us that hatch, the wide end (where the air sac is) always goes up.

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Breeding Welsummers and Barnevelders.

 

Having an Icelandic in the coop is like having a 2 year old in the house - they are into everything and don't follow the rules.

I have zero chicken willpower.

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post #5 of 11

Agreed - pointy side down.  Although sometimes it's hard to tell which end is which!

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post #6 of 11

So if there is no chance they are fertile, it really doesn't make any difference?

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From the Little House Under the Prairie with 1 wonderful husband, 3 rescue dogs, 2 rescue cats, 12 sweet laying hens (4 EE's, 2 Blue Copper Marans, BO, Delaware, Golden Campine, 2 Marans mixes, Welsumer) and a lovely EE rooster (Jake), a happy Marans mix broody with 3 mixed chicks, and a second Marans broody with 3 adorable babies.
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post #7 of 11
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Originally Posted by sharol 

So if there is no chance they are fertile, it really doesn't make any difference?


No

I live on 7.5 acres in the western Catskill foothills where I have a 3200 sq.ft garden, 100-plant blueberry patch as well as strawberry and raspberry patches, 4 cats and over 4 dozen chickens: Black Stars, RIR's,  EE's, Brown leghorns, BR's, SS's (including one very happy EE rooster) plus 6 guinea hens. I've been keeping chickens since I was in high school (mid 1950') and continuously since...



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I live on 7.5 acres in the western Catskill foothills where I have a 3200 sq.ft garden, 100-plant blueberry patch as well as strawberry and raspberry patches, 4 cats and over 4 dozen chickens: Black Stars, RIR's,  EE's, Brown leghorns, BR's, SS's (including one very happy EE rooster) plus 6 guinea hens. I've been keeping chickens since I was in high school (mid 1950') and continuously since...



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post #8 of 11
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Originally Posted by sharol 

So if there is no chance they are fertile, it really doesn't make any difference?


True .............. but if you are thinking of hatching ............. pointy end down ALWAY's

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As good as a few and better than most, What You'll Tolerate in your flock is what you'll get.
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post #9 of 11
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Originally Posted by sharol 

So if there is no chance they are fertile, it really doesn't make any difference?


If you're going to eat them right away, then no difference.  But the longer they'll be stored, the fresher they'll be if the air sac stays on top.  This helps to retain the egg's moisture by not allowing a 2nd air pocket to develop on the pointy side.

post #10 of 11
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Originally Posted by feathersnuggles 

If you're going to eat them right away, then no difference.  But the longer they'll be stored, the fresher they'll be if the air sac stays on top.  This helps to retain the egg's moisture by not allowing a 2nd air pocket to develop on the pointy side.


For 60 years I've stored them pointy end down because that's what I was taught as a child.  I never knew why.

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Worry is interest paid on trouble before it comes due.

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