We keep 5 slikie chickens for our family egg needs but we tend to have 5 to 6 dozen at any given time. I would love to hear how other folks keep the eggs straight, what are the older ones and what are the freshest ones?
I use an egg skelter, they are widely used pretty much everywhere but in the States, where we insist on refrigerating eggs. It is a coated wire contraption that keeps the oldest egg available first. The natural protein coat on an unwashed egg will keep it fresh for 3+ weeks on the countertop. The room temp. eggs cook more evenly, and are fluffier.
Howdy! We put your question to HOMEGROWN's Facebook friends. Their responses:
Well, it would seem the best countertop solution would be an Egg Skelter, but where to find this in the Land of the Fridges? After a lot of searching, I finally located two distributors States side:
They look every bit like the ones made in Devon, UK, so with that hope, I ordered the creme colored model before replying to this post. ;)
Ps - Writing the lay date of an egg on its shell very lightly using a pencil is good practice, especially if you do not eat eggs every week. But avoid using a permanent marker as the ink can bleed right through the shell and contaminate the egg you may someday eat. Also, the water test does indeed work and I've used it before to judge the freshness of eggs purchased at our local market.
I keep the new eggs in the bottom of the fridge and the old ones at the top, I have 8 hens that are laying and 1 duck. In April of this year we got 6 new red star chicks and 4 Mallard ducks to add to the flock, they should start laying in September or October of this year. I usually get 6 to 8 eggs a day when I get 5 dozen in the fridge I take 3 dozen to the food bank and give them to people who need food. I will do this with 3 rows of vegetables in my garden to. Ellen from Georgia