Our first eggs! We got 2 this a.m.! Now what?

TN Henny Penny

In the Brooder
9 Years
Jan 22, 2011
65
1
41
Our hens are 16 weeks old and we just found 2 eggs this a.m.!


The hatchery said they should be laying by week 22. Now we are really going to show what newbies we are with our questions:

Are the first eggs safe to eat?
How soon should we expect more?
How do you clean the eggs before storing?

Thanks for reading our post!
 

ChickensAreSweet

Heavenly Grains for Hens
9 Years
Jun 8, 2010
15,100
652
398
Pacific NW- where the Douglas Firs grow
We always eat our first eggs. I can't tell the difference.

I use an egg wash solution called Egg Washer Pro.

I used to have Golden Sex Links (similar to Red Stars), and they laid very well, starting at around 5 months. They laid maybe 5 eggs a week each? I am not sure how many. Plenty!

Congratulations on your first eggs!
 

Happy Chooks

Free Ranging
Premium Feather Member
10 Years
Jul 9, 2009
40,414
3,505
596
Northern CA
My Coop
Yup, eat them - you won't believe the taste difference between them and store bought.

I store mine unwashed, they store longer that way. The hen lays a protective "bloom" on the egg that helps keep bacteria out. You can wash them prior to using if you like.

Depends on the pullet, most of mine have laid daily taking a break here and there. But you get the occasional girl that lays her first egg, then nothing for a few days.
 

Fred's Hens

Crowing
Premium Feather Member
9 Years
Time for layer feed as well, for good strong calcium.

If you do decide to wash your eggs, run them under as hot of water that you can stand to have your hands in. NO soap. Just rub them clean under the running water. Let them air dry on a paper towel. Done. Never rinse eggs in cold water. Something about the way the bacteria is driven is is drawn or something. Oh well, never mind, just always use hot water and do not allow them to "sit" in water either. Some folks quickly dip their eggs in an extremely mild clorox tainted water. I never bother.
 

Momto3

Chirping
8 Years
Mar 1, 2011
165
0
99
Northern Idaho
Question regarding the washing. Do you HAVE to wash them before you either hard boil them or crack them for scrambled eggs? Or can you just take them out of the coop and place them in the fridge till you use them?
 

Tiffytoodles

In the Brooder
8 Years
May 25, 2011
16
0
22
Idaho
I usually just rinse mine or store them unwashed in the refrigerator. Some where I read to rinse them with water thats close to the same temp as the egg... oh great...now I don't remember the reasoning on that...oh well...I think unwashed is the best.
 

TN Henny Penny

In the Brooder
9 Years
Jan 22, 2011
65
1
41
Thanks everyone! We had 2 more today, so I guess we're in the egg business! We appreciate the info about handling those freshly laid eggs. I saved the 2 from yesterday, so our family of 4 was able to each have one today. We had to supplement with store bought today (eggs were a little smaller than we're used to), but maybe we've bought our last eggs for awhile!!
 

Tiffytoodles

In the Brooder
8 Years
May 25, 2011
16
0
22
Idaho
Congrats on your new 'egg business'!!!! My sister said her first eggs were small too and they eventually got bigger...so there is hope
How many hens do you have?
 
Last edited:

Happy Chooks

Free Ranging
Premium Feather Member
10 Years
Jul 9, 2009
40,414
3,505
596
Northern CA
My Coop
Quote:Oh gosh, don't mix them!!!! Eat the yucky store bought ones until you save up enough of your own to eat all by themselves. You'll enjoy them much more!
 

Wynette

Crowing
Premium Feather Member
12 Years
Sep 25, 2007
25,574
210
421
Michigan
Quote:Oh gosh, don't mix them!!!! Eat the yucky store bought ones until you save up enough of your own to eat all by themselves. You'll enjoy them much more!

DITTO! Or...cook the store boughts for your pullets - they love cooked egg!

Also - get familiar with the search feature - you'll be able to find almost an answer to almost any chicken question that way!
https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=47494

What you can't find by searching, we'll be happy to share feedback on!


Also, we LOOOOOVE stories & pics of your feathered family!
 

New posts New threads Active threads

Top Bottom