Storing duck eggs

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by CountryGirl1120, Aug 29, 2016.

  1. CountryGirl1120

    CountryGirl1120 Out Of The Brooder

    What does everyone use to store their duck eggs? I know they dont fit in a regular size carton so when you put them in a fridge do you have a method? Where do you get the paper jumbo cartons if thats what you use?

    I have 3 ducks that are old enough to be laying and have only gotten 1 egg so far so at the moment its sitting in my egg drawer in the fridge. I want something to store them in so I know which ones are freshest without having to write dates on them. Every place I look to order paper cartons you have to buy at least 50 at a time and to me for 3 laying ducks its not worth it especially when I can easily go through 6 eggs or more a week with baking. So what is everyones solutions?
     
  2. lomine

    lomine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I put mine on the counter in an egg basket. I don't wash them until right before use. I don't sell mine, but when I give them to family and friends I put them in a regular egg carton (used ones from store bought eggs) and use a rubber band if necessary to keep it closed. I don't keep them long enough to worry about freshness but if I'm iffy on an egg, I just use the float test to make sure it's still good.
     
  3. Sfraker

    Sfraker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have an old plastic basket some peaches came in that I keep the eggs for personal use in. I sell eggs and buy cartons for those. The eggs I sell I keep in the fridge per the Dept of Agricultures strong suggestion. :)
    The ones for home use I sometimes have in the fridge and sometimes on the counter. Although once I put them in the fridge they stay there until. used. It just depends on how warm it is in my house. We try to limit our AC use when we can as our house is older and needs new windows.
     
  4. CountryGirl1120

    CountryGirl1120 Out Of The Brooder

    Thank you both for the suggestion. I never thought about rubber banding a regular carton. I would store them on the counter but I have 2 cats that like to go places they wont and even leaving my 4 dozen chicken eggs I collect a week on the counter has me a bundle of nerves. I always think one day Im going to go into the kitchen and there they will be on the floor. Plus I have a rambunctious 3 month old puppy as well.

    I wish I had the counter space to store all the eggs I get on the counter. If I did I wouldnt need to refrigerate. Maybe I should just bake more. Who doesnt like baked goods after all?
     
  5. TLWR

    TLWR Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine sit in a box next to the fridge. They are washed before they go in the box because they are nasty. In winter, when laying slows or stops, I store in the fridge.
    I do date my eggs.
    Older ones are hard boiled for the turtles.

    I froze one, but need to freeze a few more and then bake something up to see how the cookie comes out and see if I want to freeze more for winter slow down/stoppage.
     
  6. CountryGirl1120

    CountryGirl1120 Out Of The Brooder

    So you can wash duck eggs and not put them in the fridge? I thought they would have to go in there. I know once you wash a chicken egg it should be in the fridge. Why are duck eggs different?

    Let me know how the freezing goes. I've never frozen an egg before but if it doesnt affect the baked goods I might do it for them so I can free up some fridge space.
     
  7. Duck Drover

    Duck Drover Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have 2-pound bantam ducks that lay chicken egg sized eggs so there are no issues with storing the eggs and no need for recipe conversions.
     
  8. CountryGirl1120

    CountryGirl1120 Out Of The Brooder

    What kind of ducks are they?

    Im excited because I am hopefully getting a Serama rooster this week. Best of both worlds, small chicken. Size of a non fully grown chicken. Figured the baby blues or whatever from them growing up might go away. Bantam ducks sound wonderful. I will have to keep them in mind.

    Are the eggs the size of large chicken eggs or smaller?
     
  9. Sfraker

    Sfraker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I scrambled eggs then freeze them in ice cube trays. I think two cubes equals one duck egg, I can never remember so I wrote it on the container that they are frozen in. LOL! I can check at home if you like.

    You can wash and leave them out. They should be fine.
     
  10. TLWR

    TLWR Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm not storing nasty looking and smelling duck eggs on my counter or in my fridge. Poop gets washed out. My girls like to just sit in their bin at night and therefore poop in there and lay in there and poop in there some more. I've never had an issue washing and leaving on the counter. They may go bad quicker, but not an issue here - we end up tossing eggs because we have too many while everybody is laying.
     

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