Do you candle the eggs before selling for consumption?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Comet Mum, Jan 24, 2009.

  1. Comet Mum

    Comet Mum Out Of The Brooder

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    I know that commercial producers candle eggs and remove those with blood or meat spots before sale. Candling is not required by NC for small producers, but do you bother to do this before selling your eggs? If not, do you explain that some eggs may have blood spots and it is normal?
     
  2. JustChicky

    JustChicky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've only sold one dozen eggs and the lady I sold them to asked if I candled them. I didn't. Some of mine have spots in them, but not very often. She said they were fine. She wants more but we are all just waiting on the girls. I get 0 - 2 eggs a day right now, ugh!

    Good question! I would like to know if anyone here candles them?
     
  3. bigzio

    bigzio Overrun With Chickens

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    Nope, I don't candle any of the eggs I sell or give to family members. I've sold and given away 100's of dozens of eggs with no complaints at all.

    Most folks realize that they are farm fresh eggs.
    More nutritious than commercial eggs hands down.

    bigzio
     
  4. WalkingOnSunshine

    WalkingOnSunshine Overrun With Chickens

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    We don't candle ours. We sell up to 18 dozen a week in the summer. I've had one customer mention a blood spot, but he wasn't freaked out or anything. I offered to replace the egg, but he said that he'd already eaten it.

    I would offer to replace any blood-spot eggs for free, but don't do it until after someone complains.

    bigzio's right--I think most customers realize that this is a less-processed product.
     
  5. JustChicky

    JustChicky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You should've seen these eggs I got from the grocery store one time, they were cage free blah, blah, blah eggs and they had the biggest spots I've ever seen in them and not just one more like 6 - 8 spots. Every single egg had spots, it is like I got the candled rejects! The next time I bought them, they were fine not one spot.

    On any egg, I just take the spots out along with that white thing (I don't remember what it is called) and the rest of the egg is fine. I'm happy we don't have to buy eggs anymore.
     
  6. Comet Mum

    Comet Mum Out Of The Brooder

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    I eat the blood spots without being grossed out, but I was surprised to find that well over half of my eggs have blood spots and was wondering how that would affect egg sales.

    Thanks for everyone's input. We are getting a bunch of chicks in a few weeks and I hope to have eggs to sell this fall.
     
  7. WalkingOnSunshine

    WalkingOnSunshine Overrun With Chickens

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    Hmm, I wonder why you have so many blood spots. I don't know what's normal, but I've only found 2 blood spot eggs in all the dozens I've cooked with.
     

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