Are you in need of ways to use up extra eggs from your over producing chickens?
I know! I have definitely been there, too. The fridge and kitchen start to pile up. And you are thinking that you’re going to be drowning in eggs forever. I see you looking for ways to use up extra eggs. And what to make when you have too many eggs!
Luckily, you won’t drown in your eggs for very long. There are ways you can effectively manage your supply of farm fresh eggs. And so many ideas of what to do with extra eggs out there!
I have accumulated great ways to use up extra eggs from your chickens from fellow chicken raisers who have been there, done that. There are some really good ideas of what to do with extra eggs here. They include:
- Selling Tips
- Farm & Garden Usage
- And what to make when you have too many eggs.
I start with the technique of storage because I think if you have chickens, you really need remember why you got them. Maybe because you love eggs. And you wanted farm fresh eggs for yourself and your family.
And those chickens won’t ALWAYS lay every single day. So, value the days that your chickens do lay. Be prepared for the times you won’t have eggs by exploring these storage options in the next section.
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Store Them for Later
I highly recommend this option if you have the freezer space. There will come a time when your chickens will stop laying for a while. Then, what options do you have?
- You go to the store and buy eggs.
- Or you can pull out some eggs from storage to use.
Umm, I’ll take the latter. One of the reasons I bought chickens was so I wouldn’t have to purchase eggs from the grocery store. And one Fall/Winter, I wasn’t prepared. I didn’t store eggs. And I had to buy eggs. At. The. Grocery. Store.
So, now, I am super storage woman. Here are some awesome ways to store eggs for those times the chickens are on a break:
- Rub fresh eggs with mineral oil and store pointy side up in your pantry for 9 months.
- Grease fresh eggs in lard or vegetable oil and store in refrigerator. Will last for 6 months.
- Freeze cracked eggs in ice cube trays. Wrap in wax paper and them pop them out and store in ziplock bags.
- Make Egg Noodles (Get My Recipe Here) and freeze the extra.
- Dehydrate eggs for you or the chickens. Get your new dehydrator here.
Farm & Garden Use
Did you know that eggs are a great source of healthy fats and protein for animals, too? Many chicken keepers feed a couple of extra eggs per day to livestock, such as:
My own guard dog Si hangs out at the coop during egg gathering time. He just loves those eggs. Just one or two a day can make his hair extra sleek and shiny thanks to the extra healthy fat he’s getting from eggs.
Also, egg shells make great fertilizer. You can compost them or just dry them in the oven and throw them into the garden.
So, if you’ve stored all you want and still have extra, it’s time for more tips. How about donating those eggs to someone else who needs them?
Donate Fresh Eggs
Eggs are so versatile and healthy that they are in constant need. You can call around to these different places to see if they need egg donations:
- local shelters
- food pantry
- church/school meals
- Nursing Homes
- Easter Egg Hunts (Hard Boil)
- Soup Kitchens
- Family/neighbor in need
- fire/police department
- Animal Rescue
- Zoos & Wildlife Rehab
- Veterinary Clinic
Please Be Aware of the rules with donating farm fresh eggs. Most local shelters cannot take eggs if they aren’t government inspected. They will be able to tell you yay or nay on this ruling.
If you can’t donate eggs themselves, you could find cake recipes using lots of eggs or any of those yummy egg based desserts! Finally, if you don’t have any entities to donate eggs to, then you have a lot of cooking and baking to do!
What to Make When You Have Too Many Eggs
Ok, back to the kitchen! Let’s talk about cooking and baking recipes with lots of eggs. We’ve already talked about storing eggs and I mentioned egg noodles. I even gave you my recipe…here it is again if you missed it!
But, of course there are many other tasty treats you can make to use up those eggs. I’m not going to share too many recipes today. But I will give you ideas for some delicious egg heavy recipes to research for how to use up eggs in baking and cooking.
- Scrambled Eggs – Get My Recipe Here
- Pickled eggs
- Deviled Eggs
- Hard Boiled for egg salad, salad additives, potato salad
- Angel food cake – One of those popular egg heavy dessert recipes!
- Sponge cake
- Tapioca pudding
- Strawberry shortcake
- Breakfast Burritos or Breakfast Sandwiches to freeze – Get My Recipes Here
- Swedish Pancakes – Get My Recipe Here
- Breakfast Muffins
- Candied pecans (egg whites only)
- Hollandaise Sauce
Woo! That’s a big list of treats. And notice that many of these you can freeze as well.
But maybe you have a market in the area for your eggs. Have you checked? Well, I’m going to help you learn how to figure that out right now.
How to Sell Your Extra Eggs
Figuring out your market is easy. Why? Because MOST everyone loves farm fresh eggs. Here are some places I have found great success with finding people to buy farm fresh eggs:
- Local mom groups
- Mom’s of Athletes
- Doctors/Health Practitioners
- gyms/fitness centers
- farm stores (Put up a flier)
- Local Facebook Buy/Sell groups (Post a picture of eggs and maybe one of your chickens)
- Other livestock farmers or pet owners (To be used for food and treats)
- Farmers Markets (Again, lots of rules. May need to have eggs inspected)
Now, the bigger dilemma: How to figure out what to charge for your eggs. I hear this all the time and I see SO MANY different prices. Here is a step by step process I recommend:
- Look at the grocery store price.
- Factor in feed cost/care cost of the chickens. (Don’t forget about your labor!)
- Check around with other local farm fresh egg sellers.
- Finally, ask your customers what they are willing to pay.
Yes, ask the customers. This really happened to me. I didn’t ask, but one of my customers told me that I should be charging MORE for the eggs I was selling. She was willing to pay $0.50 more per dozen. I begin to charge a little more and gained more customers.
Ok, I’ll admit that my customers are amazing. They know I will only sell them the most awesome eggs I gather from my chicken coop and they are willing to pay for that. You need to be finding customers like that.
Share with Others
But if you aren’t in the mood to sell, that’s ok as well. You can definitely find people who are willing to take your eggs for free. Or maybe it’s a trade for doing a job for you.
Anything to get rid of those eggs, right?
Sharing is caring and easy, too. And sharing eggs at the holiday times are fun as well. Here are some ways to use eggs as part of some holiday traditions.
Holidays are coming. Are your eggs ready? Here are some fun and delicious ways to share your eggs at the holidays.
- Red Beer Eggs: I got this idea from a friend. It makes colored eggs for holidays!
Here’s how to make them: You need a 1 gallon jug and 2 dozen (24) hard boiled eggs. Next, put in three jars of red beets juice and all. Add 1/2 cup vinegar. Put lid on jar and set in fridge overnight. It’s really that easy! Add the eggs in as an additive or enjoy them with the deviled egg mix.
- Egg Nog
- Deviled Eggs
- Potato Salad
- Easter Egg Hunts
- Coloring Eggs with the Kids
- Blow out the yoke and Use for Christmas Decorations
And I’m sure there are many many more fun ways to use eggs. If you have any good ideas of what to do with extra eggs for holidays, leave it in the comments!
Books You Should Invest In for Ways to Use Up Extra Eggs
I’ve found that there are WAY more cookbooks and guides out there. So enjoy browsing around to find the one you like best. And enjoy exploring all the ways to use extra eggs.
- The Fresh Egg Cookbook by Jennifer Thompson
- Egg Shop: The Cookbook by Nick Korbee
- The Perfect Egg by Teri Lyn Fisher
- The Farmstead Egg Guide & Cookbook by Terry Golson
- Egg Cookbook by Healdsburg Press
Lots of Ideas to Explore
I’ve given you ideas of what to do with extra eggs. Again, they include:
- Storing them in your pantry or freezer.
- Using them for farm animals’ shiny coats or garden’s healthy soil.
- Donating and sharing them
- How to sell them
- Ideas for holiday fun with eggs.
And even some cookbooks to help you with ideas of what to make when you have too many eggs. Now, you can choose and take the ideas of what to do with extra eggs to do what’s best for you and your family.