More of you are interested in raising chickens for eggs than ever before. I see it around my community and on social media. Awesome!
I saw a post the other day on Facebook asking about the best egg containers and, of course, I read the comments. The comments consisted of a plethora of answers from “my hoodie pockets” to the “extra large blue wire basket.”
While I have used my hoodie pockets, the latter fancy wire basket seems a bit extreme for me. When it comes to producing eggs, I am small scale. I have 8 chickens who live on my homestead and lay their eggs for my family and me.
We typically only use the eggs for ourselves to cook with in recipes or they are just delicious by themselves. Check out this recipe for Mylee’s favorite scrambled eggs. Occasionally, we give a few dozen extra away to friends and family if we have a few extra.
When we first got into the laying hen business, I didn’t really know much about what equipment I would need for gathering the eggs. I invested in the commonly seen and sold tall red egg basket from our local farm store
But, I found this basket to be ill in the user-friendly department. It’s very wobbly if you set it down somewhere and falls over quite easily.
A cracked egg is not useful, so you want to be sure you have a container to protect your eggs.
I’ve explored some other options and have talked with other small-scale egg producers. I have found there are many options out there for gathering eggs safely.
I’ve found the 5 best egg container for a small-scale egg producer.
- Blue Bunny Gallon Ice Cream BucketBy far my favorite way to transport eggs, this is a frugal and simple option for anyone raising just a few chickens and not wanting to invest in a fancier egg carrier.
My family has eaten several buckets of this economy-size ice cream all summer and we have several of these empty ice cream buckets laying around. Might as well put them to good use!We also use these buckets for produce and just about whatever we need a small solid bucket. They are real gems as simple as they are.
- Woven Wicker BasketYou can make or purchase a lovely woven wicker basket of any shape or size. I love these because they are so cute and they work really well for eggs.Go ahead and line your woven wicker basket with a soft sheet or even some bubble wrap to guarantee a soft landing and to keep your basket clean.
- Heirloom Egg Gathering BasketThis one is really cool.It’s actually made from chicken wire. It’s sturdy but also very stylish and will look great sitting on your kitchen counter!
- Wire BasketThis is a taller basket that holds up to 6 dozen eggs. What I like about it is that it’s coated in plastic to protect the eggs from breaking.
- Vintage Wood BasketAnother cute basket for gathering eggs. It’s lined with a safe cloth to protect your eggs from damage.
At the end of the day when those eggs are gathered, it’s important that they stay safe and sound inside their basket until they are taken inside to be washed and put away.
Hopefully, these different basket options will give you some good recommendations and answers to your questions.
You won’t know which ones you like until you try them, so when you do, let me know which ones you like the best and which ones you didn’t.
~ Much Love ~