Vintage chicken egg cartons can be a practical and attractive way to handle egg harvesting at your agricultural operation. However, there are a few mistakes you need to avoid to keep eggs clean and fresh when you gather and transport them.
The following are six mistakes to avoid when gathering and transporting eggs in vintage cartons.
Failing to inspect cartons periodically
One of the most important things to do if you're reusing vintage cartons for egg collection and transportation is to inspect cartons to make sure they are not damaged in some way. Broken cartons won't hold the eggs properly and will probably end up breaking eggs.
Remove and replace any damaged cartons you find during periodic inspections.
Gathering eggs into wet cartons
Eggs should be kept dry. When an eggshell is wet, it's possible for bacteria to pass through the shell and reach the yolk and egg white. That's why you should make sure you keep your cartons clean at all times. Wipe off cartons before collecting eggs to ensure that there is no moisture on them.
Not collecting eggs frequently enough
Too many eggs building up in nesting boxes raises the chances that eggs will get dirty or become cracked. This also increases the chances that your cartons will get dirty. Ideally, eggs should be collected and put into cartons multiple times per day.
Neglecting to put the packing date on the egg carton
The best vintage egg cartons will be easily labeled. You need to make sure that the packing date is put on all of your egg cartons.
Without the packing date, you won't know the date when eggs will need to be used to guarantee freshness. Make sure that packing date labels will adhere to cartons well so that they don't become lost.
Failing to find and remove cracked eggs
Eggs should be inspected when they are collected to make sure that they are not cracked. Cracked eggs will leak out onto cartons and get them dirty. Cracked eggs can also expose other collected eggs to moisture. That's why it's essential to remove cracked eggs right away.
Keeping a chicken house that's not cleaned often enough
A chicken house needs to be regularly cleaned to protect eggs from exposure to bacteria and other potentially harmful substances. The floor litter of the chicken house should be regularly changed. It's especially important to keep nesting boxes clean to ensure that eggs don't get dirty.
If you need vintage egg cartons, contact a supplier, such as Poultry Cartons.