I have around 16 chickens right now, with a generous 12 nest boxes. Of course, they use the same 3-4 boxes, and pile the eggs up in there daily. I collect eggs every day, but I'm gone a couple days in a row once in a while. When I'm gone more than a day, either the pressure of the eggs on each other breaks one (or more), or a chicken must step on an egg and crack it - or bust it completely. If the egg is ruined or cracked and old, I have to get rid of it. Sometimes I freeze it and put in the garbage on garbage day. I don't like the idea of just throwing broken eggs out in the field where the scent might attrack predators, or chance having my dog develop a taste for eggs. What do you do when this happens? I always think I am missing some great idea.