When it comes to egg production in a backyard flock, most people think, the more the merrier! But what do you do when your flock is producing more eggs than your family can possibly eat? How do you use up all those extra eggs coming out of your chicken coop?
Fortunately there are plenty of solutions to egg over-production. From egg-heavy recipes to preservation, there’s a lot of things your family can do to solve this problem. We’ve found the best egg recipes, preservation techniques, and creative uses for eggs. Enjoy!
We love to make a big batch of egg salad on the weekend and use it for quick lunches throughout the week.
Deviled eggs are always a popular hit at parties, or just for the fun of it! This recipe is amazing, definitely worth a try.
Who doesn’t love ice cream? A good custard contains a lot of eggs in the base. You can even whip up several differently flavored batches to use up several dozen eggs at once if you have an ice cream maker!
Homemade egg noodles are one of the most wonderful ways to use up extra eggs!
Quiche is a great thing to make when you have too many eggs in the fridge. Why not make a whole bunch of quiche and freeze them for quick meals throughout the week?
Preserve eggs for later
People have been pickling eggs for centuries, it’s a wonderful method of preservation, although maybe a little weird the first time you try it!
Did you know you can preserve eggs by freezing them? The wonderful website Salt in my Coffee shows you just how to do it!
Dehydration is a great way to preserve extra eggs. If you already have a dehydrator it’s easy as pie, and if you don’t, you should definitely look into getting one, there are thousands of uses for them!
Feed them back to the birds
If your refrigerator is truly overflowing with eggs and cooking them up or preserving them is not an option, you can feed them back to the chickens. Some people may find this to be horrible, but chickens eat their own eggs in nature, it’s a great source of nutrients, and if you include the shell, calcium too. When we have WAY too many eggs to eat in a reasonable amount of time, we hard boil a dozen of them and crush them with a potato masher, shell and all. The snack is fed back to the birds and boosts their health while freeing up space in the fridge.
Feed them to the dog
Dogs love eggs, and they make their coats nice and shiny. Just beware of those egg farts!
Put up a nice fresh eggs sign in front of your house, sell them to friends and family, or take them into work and offer them to your co-workers. You may be surprised how easy it is to sell your extra eggs, people just love that farm fresh taste!
Gift them to your neighbors
The best way to keep the peace with your neighbors is to supply them with farm fresh eggs!
We hope you found at least a few ways to use up those extra eggs from your backyard chickens. Enjoy your egg bounty while it lasts!