Keeping track of fresh eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by HEChicken, Jan 14, 2010.

  1. HEChicken

    HEChicken Crowing

    Aug 12, 2009
    BuCo, KS
    My Coop
    How do you keep track of which of your collected eggs is the freshest? I've only had a few so far, so I've put them in an egg carton and its easy to tell the freshest eggs based on their position in the carton. But as I only have one laying hen so far, with five more to start in the next couple of months, I can picture a time where keeping track of the freshest eggs will be more difficult. In terms of wanting to use the oldest eggs first, or sell the freshest eggs if I ever get that many, I'm thinking a way to mark the eggs to keep track would be a good way to go. I thought about writing the date collected in pencil on the shell - does anyone do this? Or what other method do you use to keep track?

  2. weirdmuse

    weirdmuse Songster

    Aug 18, 2008
    Southwest Ohio
    I put a small date on the end in pencil.
  3. bubblebean11

    bubblebean11 Chirping

    Oct 25, 2009
    20 min N of Denver
    ditto on writing the date!! works like a charm [​IMG]
  4. txchickie

    txchickie Songster

    Nov 15, 2008
    Write the date on the end of the egg [​IMG]
  5. Joyryder

    Joyryder Songster

    Jun 11, 2009
    Scandia, PA
    I always seem to have 6 to 10 cartons of eggs. Whenever I put in a new carton it goes on the bottom. First in, first out - nothing gets to old.

  6. feathersnuggles

    feathersnuggles Songster

    Sep 4, 2009
    Personally, I wouldn't mark individual shells. However, what I am doing is putting a sticky, with the date of the first egg, on the egg carton and filling it up, left to right, with eggs collected thereafter. I know their speed of laying, so I can guess the date of the last egg. And the sticky tells the date of the oldest egg in the carton.
  7. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    I pencil the date on a sticker on the carton, that way I can reuse the cartons and the eggs are mark-free. I put them in the cartons a certain way, too. Oldest eggs always in the front if the lid is opening to the left.
  8. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    Quote:GMTA, [​IMG] We posted at the same time.
  9. OutInTheStiks

    OutInTheStiks Songster

    Jun 23, 2009
    Thorn Hill, TN
    I use a sharpie to write the date on each egg. We currently only getting 4-6 eggs a day. We SHOULD be getting 15-20 eggs a day this spring and will likely be using a different scheme then.

  10. Andi

    Andi Songster

    I'm too lazy to write dates on all of mine.

    I've got just 4 girls. I keep 2 cartons in the frig. The ones that are soiled go in one and are for our use. I rotate them clockwise. The unsoiled eggs go into another carton that I have for giving (or maybe selling some day). As soon as the unsoiled carton is full it gets presented to whoever is on the list next. I put the unsoiled eggs in the carton in the same way I do the soiled ones so if I need to dip into the unsoiled eggs that I'll be taking the oldest. The first egg to go in is in the back left corner.

    Pretty soon here I'll need to start stocking up to get through the molting season. At that point I'll fill cartons in the same way and just mark the cartons.

    With six girls I really don't think it will get too out of hand. Just figure out a system of organizing and stick with it. Enjoy!

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