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Cheap egg carton alternative?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by LEOW2012, Aug 21, 2016.

  1. LEOW2012

    LEOW2012 In the Brooder

    Jan 17, 2016
    I was just wondering what yall use to give eggs to family/neighbors. I have given away all of the egg cartons we had saved up before our girls started laying and really don't want to buy more just to fill and give away. We don't have chickens to make money but I also don't want to spend anymore than I have to.

    Any ideas?

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  2. Folly's place

    Folly's place Free Ranging

    Sep 13, 2011
    southern Michigan
    I ask everyone to give me CLEAN egg cartons, and explain that they cost $$$. I'm rarely totals out. Each carton should be labeled with your name, farm name, address, and phone #. Mary
  3. Leave a LightOn

    Leave a LightOn Songster

    Apr 2, 2016
    Where the West Begins
    1.Ask them to save the cartons AS you hand it to them saying something like "I'll need it to refill it if you want more eggs!" As stated above, only clean ones need be saved. When you bring the next batch, ask for the empty.....in other words gently train them. Soon they will be telling their neighbors how good your eggs are and they will give your friends and family egg cartons! Weird!
    2. You can usually buy cartons at the feed store. Prices vary. I had to buy about a dozen @50ยข ea before everyone was on board. I didn't charge anyone and they didn't offer when I explained where the odd no-name cartons came from. oh well, family. lol
    3.You can buy plastic containers like campers use. For a while I delivered eggs in these:

    and offloaded into their container. Purchased at Walmart approx. 3.50. A lot of people use built in egg compartments in fridge, bowls, or things like this from Container stores:
    Hope some of this is helpful!
    p.s. WELCOME TO BYC!
  4. SueT

    SueT Crowing

    May 27, 2015
    SW MO
    I've given people eggs in other types of containers, plastic tubs, etc. I save all kinds of packages. Often I don't have an entire dozen to give. But any egg cartons that I have given away, have always come back to me, usually with a gift of baked goods, produce, etc.
  5. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    Simply say you'd love to give them more eggs, but you're out of cartons. They'll figure it out and happily bring you back the cartons for refills.

    I put out the word at work, church, wherever. I find folks LOVE to save cartons for me, even if they're not buying eggs. Social consciousness and recycling being what they are these days, folks hate to throw things away and would usually love to give you their used cartons.
  6. Shezadandy

    Shezadandy Songster

    Sep 26, 2015
    Portland OR
    I don't know how much this does or doesn't help- we write the person's name on the back of the carton using a brightly colored magic marker- maybe that would help with the friends/family situation. Seeing their name on it might make them think twice about discarding it... customers are easier because most are happy to reuse and take the discount... and they're probably more geared towards reuse/recycle if they're seeking out eggs from a small local flock.
  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Why would the people you gave full cartons of eggs to not return the empty carton?
    That's SOP in my book....most people are aware, but you may have to 'educate' them.
    Yes, and sometimes you need to remind people to keep them clean......got one back once that hada big mess of bacon grease in it.

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