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Which egg collecting container?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by MomMommyMamma, Jul 15, 2010.

  1. MomMommyMamma

    MomMommyMamma Songster

    Jun 13, 2010
    West Virginia
    We're still awaiting our first eggs but I am wondering what is the best container to collect the eggs in? A wire basket? A woven basket? A plastic basket? What type of basket (or other carrying device) do you use and why? My children will be doing most of the collecting so I want to try to minimize the eggs movement once collected to prevent breakage.
  2. rubyrogue

    rubyrogue Songster

    Mar 8, 2010
    I use a wicker basket lined with a baby recieving blanket. I was just using the wicker but it seemed kinda rough on the eggs.
  3. felidaet

    felidaet Songster

    Dec 10, 2008
    Vancouver, Wa.
    I use a wicker basket. I took a large egg carton (a 24 count carton) and cut is down to fit in the bottom of the basket. It holds 20 eggs. This is plenty big for my current flock of 15 hens. I have not decided yet what I will do when the 20 new pullets start laying in a few weeks. I will probably still use the same basket and just set the extras on top of the others.

    I can tell you that if your kids are gathering the eggs be prepared for an accident or two... I will happen. One of my daughters tripped and dropped a basket of eggs awhile back. She was very upset and cried off and on for a couple of days. I kept telling her it was no big deal but it bothered her a lot. I even dropped a couple of eggs one time when I tried to carry them in without the basket.
  4. StormyMoon

    StormyMoon Songster

    May 1, 2010
    Alvarado, TX
    I also use a Wicker basket
  5. briteday

    briteday Songster

    Dec 16, 2008
    Northern NV
    I find that a bowl-shaped wicker basket works best for us. Mine has a rounded bottom. And I put a generous dish towel in the bottom. I have dropped a few eggs trying to walk to the house with them not in the basket. And yes, I have even tripped over a tree root and dropped the basket. Our best baskets we have found at thrift stores for ~ 10 cents each.
  6. StormyMoon

    StormyMoon Songster

    May 1, 2010
    Alvarado, TX
    I wish I had a round bottom basket, mine is flat I just put them at the bottom though unless I was planning on hatching then I wouldnt let them get shaken up. But for just eating its fine.....and I dont swing it or anything for them to for them to get cracked on each other.
  7. Daisygirl

    Daisygirl Songster

    Nov 10, 2009
    New Zealand
    I use a wicker basket, but lately Ive only been getting a few eggs (its winter time, and for some bizarre reason they all decided to moult!) so I just pop them in my pockets [​IMG]
  8. StormyMoon

    StormyMoon Songster

    May 1, 2010
    Alvarado, TX
    Daisy send some cool breezes to texas please [​IMG]
    Last edited: Jul 15, 2010
  9. tri-5-ron

    tri-5-ron Songster

    Feb 6, 2010
    Orange County
    I've been trying to figure out a good design for a conveyer belt to take them from the nesting box, and deliver them straight to the frying pan.
    sort of a Rube Goldberg contraption.
    No luck yet, so.....

    I guess a wicker basket with some straw bedding will have to do. [​IMG]
  10. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    I use a WalMart kids Easter Egg bucket. It was like $1. I put a small handtowel in the bottom, which kinda prevents the eggs from rolling around so much since it has a flat bottom.

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