When the chickens are young you will get about 1 egg every 1 to 2 days. That can be a lot of eggs. For us, with 5 chickens (one being older) we are looking at about two dozen eggs a week. Good thing we love eating eggs and have so many recipes!
Oh, and sometimes the girls love to announce to the world that they have just laid an egg! Check out the video of Bertha (at bottom of page) letting us know!
What color will the eggs be?
All of our chickens will produce brown eggs. We know this because we know what breed they are. However, if we did not know what breed they are we would wait until they were older and then we might be able to tell by the color of their 'earlobe.' In general, red lobes = brown eggs and white lobes = white eggs. However, this only works for red and white lobes and there are chicken breeds that produce blue, pink, and even green eggs! Different breeds of chickens lay different colored eggs but remember, whatever the color of the egg shell, the egg inside is THE SAME. The color of the shell does not matter. They will all taste the same :-)
The eggs can also come in all shapes and sizes! Check out our video at the bottom of this page where we crack open a jumbo egg!
should we wash the eggs before storing them?
We generally try not to because the natural protective coating will be removed. If the egg is dirty for whatever reason, just dry-wipe it if possible. Of course, if it is really dirty we do a quick rinse but we know it is better not to. If the egg isn't dirty, into the fridge it goes AS IS.
how do we store the eggs and for how long will they keep?
You can keep them on the kitchen counter for up to a month. Yes, that's right, they DO NOT need to be refrigerated. That being said, we refrigerate ours. In the refrigerator they can last up to 5 months!!!! However, it is not physically possible for an egg to last that long in our house....
Also, we keep them in a recycled egg carton. We save the egg cartons and reuse them over and over again!
what do we do with all those eggs?
Eat them of course! We eat them for breakfast, we hard boil them and make egg salad, potato salad and deviled eggs, we add them to fried rice, we love them in a frittata or quiche, and we have even made egg drop soup! We never have a time when we don't know what to do with all our fresh eggs!
Don't have backyard chickens? That's OK, but make sure you BUY THE RIGHT KIND OF EGGS. Read WHICH EGGS DO YOU BUY? for more information!