Avalanche of Eggs

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My girls–eight New Hampshire Red Hens–are about seven months old and churning out eggs like they were getting paid. Even after several quiches, some baked goods, omelettes in the morning, and a couple dozen deviled eggs, we’re starting to get a surplus. My doctor will probably not like my cholesterol numbers when we next get together either!

I bought 100 new cartons from Amazon and started trying to sell them down at the end of our driveway in a cooler where we had our little farm stand this summer. This is something they do up here in rural Maine, they sell just about everything you can imagine out in their front yards by the road. Zombies aren’t attracted to eggs, so I have no worries that we’re going to lose any to them. The first Saturday my wife and I put them out we sold three dozen, wow! It seemed like we were onto something good. But for the past two weeks we haven’t sold anything, despite putting them out by the road everyday and pricing them at the local going rate of only two dollars a dozen. I even advertised them on Uncle Henry’s, a down-homey alternative to Craig’s List that we have up here in the frozen North. No response. So now the eggs are starting to pile up. The growing stacks of cartons are squeezing out the vegetables at the bottom of the fridge.

I guess from my research on the internet that most of the eggs in the supermarket are anywhere from seven days to several weeks old. They keep well as long as you keep them cold, but everyday I add to the pile and everyday it grows.

Tomorrow I resolve to stop procrastinating and call a local church to see if they have a soup kitchen or food pantry that can use them. Boy this post is boring. There aren’t any car crashes or things exploding or anything. I’ll add them to my tags anyway, just to mess with people.

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4 responses to “Avalanche of Eggs

  1. We had twenty chickens in GA and thus got about twenty eggs a day. If you never put them in the fridge they will last longer. We collected them on the dining room table, cartoned them, and hauled them to Church every Sunday. We had regular customers who bought their eggs from us every Sunday. That was in another life, many years ago. Good luck!

    • My lettuce thanks you for the advice! Here in Maine refrigeration will not be a problem soon. I sometimes wish I still went to church, we’re new to the area (the whole state actually) and it’s great for a sense of instant community. Hmmm…I’m not the only one with another life many years ago it seems. Thanks for commenting!

  2. Not boring at ALL! My wife and I are thinking about getting ducks and chickens, but I had never considered that one of the problems would be too many eggs. Thanks for the post!

    • Thanks for you comment! I think our “problem” is unique in that we’re new to the area and don’t know anyone or have family here. If we knew some more people I’m sure it wouldn’t be hard to get rid of any extra, they really are better than store-bought. Chickens are great once you get their home set up, they’re pretty low-maintenance and are fun to watch. However, they will destroy your garden and dig little holes everywhere if you let them free-range like we do. We’re going to have to put up a fence around the vegis next season. We let them roam because they eat lots of bugs and damn if there aint a crap-load of bugs in Maine!

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