Why don't we keep eggs in plastic containers?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by backintime, Jan 23, 2009.

  1. backintime

    backintime Songster

    212
    2
    131
    Apr 7, 2008
    Northern Wisconsin
    I was just browsing online at www.solutions.com and saw a clear plastic egg keeper that looks like it would be airtight. (Stackable, too)

    It got me to wondering, why do we generally keep eggs in non-airtight containers if the whites slowly evaporate through the shell and cause staleness? Wouldn't they go stale more slowly if we kept them in airtight containers?
     
  2. mjdtexan

    mjdtexan Songster

    Sep 30, 2008
    Houston(ish)
    Dunno, I didnt know that whites evaporite through the shell. Learnt something new today.

    Mike D
     
  3. digitS'

    digitS' Songster

    2,119
    18
    201
    Dec 12, 2007
    ID/WA border
    Hey! What's this? You can't go "back in time" and use plastic!

    I mean, I darn near predate plastic. I can remember when the only plastic I'd ever seen was the Bakelite handles on some of the new pots and pans and the electric plugs . . . (darn near predate rural electricity [​IMG]).

    Seriously, I use a plastic container for the eggs and one made especially for eggs makes sense. . . . easy to wash. Using old cardboard has little appeal to me. And, a container for eggs holds them so that the air cell stays in the right place.

    Steve
     
  4. sammy

    sammy Songster

    116
    0
    119
    Jul 8, 2008
    I always thought the shells needed to "breathe"

    [​IMG]
     
  5. Laskaland

    Laskaland ThE gRoOvY cHiCkEn

    Aug 2, 2008
    Nebraska
    Quote:eggcartons.com does sell the clear plastic containers. I think I may get these if I have success with colored eggs in the future.
    They are more pricey
    hugs
    christina
     
  6. digitS'

    digitS' Songster

    2,119
    18
    201
    Dec 12, 2007
    ID/WA border
    Quote:Yeah, that may be so . . .

    Steve
     
  7. Feathered Wings

    Feathered Wings Songster

    Oct 9, 2008
    Georgia
    I wrap my eggs i'm collecting for hatching in plastic wrap it keeps them from evaporateing so fast. Then i store then in regular styrofoam cartons.
    It can also extend my collecting time up to 3 weeks i have a egg in the incu right now that when i put it in it was 14 days old.[​IMG]

    It's developeing nicely and should hatch next thursday.
     
  8. jvls1942

    jvls1942 Crowing

    10,656
    1,898
    431
    Oct 16, 2008
    wausau,wisconsin
    If you are talking about airtight containers I would wonder if that would be good for eggs you are going to hatch.. could you suffocate the egg??

    I do not see any harm otherwise for eating eggs..

    I would say, try it.. around here we never have eggs over 4 or 5 days old so it would not matter..
     
  9. Feathered Wings

    Feathered Wings Songster

    Oct 9, 2008
    Georgia
    You Can't Suffocate and Egg theres nothing in there to suffocate as the chick does'nt begin to develope until it's incubated.
    So yes you can put them in the plastic containers and they will be fine [​IMG]
     
  10. jvls1942

    jvls1942 Crowing

    10,656
    1,898
    431
    Oct 16, 2008
    wausau,wisconsin
    BTW those clear plastic egg cartons are not airtight..
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by