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Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by chickenboy2001, Feb 5, 2013.
Does anyone know where to get egg cartons in the NC triad?
You can ask your local grocery store if they have cartons. sometimes they give them away free!
I just ask people who buy eggs and they start saving them for me.
If you google, you'll find a number of companies that sell egg cartons, egg boxes and mail them to you. Likely, there a minimum order of a few hundred at a time.
Our local TSC and other rural supply stores also sell them. Spendy though.
I thought I read once that it wasn't a good idea to reuse egg cartons? (I'm doing it right now as I have nowhere else to keep them). Has anyone had any problems with this? Obviously I am talking about reusing clean cartons, not ones where an egg might have broken. The ones I have are the pressed pulp ones.
I have the cardboard cartons I've reused dozens of times. When they get too worn and don't stay closed, they get turned into firestarters!
Lots of places will sell you cartons in lots as small as 25. I've purchased from http://www.eggcartonstore.com/ and http://www.zellwin.com/category_s/52.htm and https://www.meyerhatchery.com/productlist.a5w and been pleased with each vendor. TSC and may feed stores will sell them by the each, but they're pricey that way.
Where you get your cartons is going to be partly dependent on what you want them for. If the cartons are just for your own use, then just ask friends to save them for you. We did that when we first got hens, and you wouldn't believe how many we got! I still have a giant stack in the basement somewhere. If you want to sell eggs in them, then there are laws about what can be on the cartons and what can't be. Here is Ohio, you can sell in any old carton if you sell from your property, but you have to have a specially labeled carton if you sell off premises.
For eggs for my family to eat, I reuse cartons over and over until they fall apart, and then I compost them. I dont' worry about reusing them because I wash the eggs before I put them in the carton. And if you're not washing them before, well, they're not going to pick up anything new from touching the carton anyway.
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