A while back we transitioned our older boys out of the egg business. They were needed to do more complicated, bigger chores around the farm, like milking the cow. The younger ones were in need of regular, consistent responsibility with chores that were doable but still a bit challenging for them.
So our 7 year old and 9 year old boys were promoted and assumed all chicken and egg chores. They check on the chickens every day giving them feed and water and keeping a general eye on them. They collect eggs daily and are also responsible for making sure the eggs make it into the house, get washed up and put in egg cartons to be stored in the extra refrigerator.
We’ve had some mishaps, like the time one of them tripped over the goat and broke all the eggs in his basket or the time that they sat the egg filled baskets down on the back porch and the dog gobbled up the eggs. But for the most part, they have done very well with assuming such a responsibility and are very proud of their work.
We have a handful of egg customers that the boys sell to every week. They love to sell their eggs and are very proud of the product they provide. We recently ordered more egg cartons as we had run out. Having a plenteous supply of cartons makes the egg chores much easier! However, often times, the chickens lay huge eggs that don’t really fit that well in large size egg cartons.