Have Chickens? What to Do With That First Egg.

Did you get your very first egg from your backyard chickens?  DON’T CRACK IT!  Here’s what to do with it … 

copper egg

Several years ago I got my first flock of backyard chickens.  Like you, I could not WAIT to get my first egg. It was wildly exciting and a real exercise in patience.  It was all I could do not to just grab those chickens and squish them until something, anything popped out.

Realizing that the first thing to pop out was likely to be one of their useful organs, I refrained from doing this.

After a lot of debate about souffle, omelette, scrambled or poached … this is what I ended up doing with the very first egg I ever got from  my chickens.

I bronzed it. Well, coppered it to be exact.

How to Bronze Your First Chicken Egg

  1. DON’T CRACK THE EGG, instead blow it out like you would an Easter Egg.
  2. Gently add a tiny amount of soap to one of the holes in the egg and run water into it.  (low flow water obviously so you don’t shatter the egg to bits)
  3. Prop the egg up and let the water drain out and dry for several days after you’re sure it’s clean inside.
  4. Spray with a bronze spray paint and let dry.
  5. Display your egg in your favorite egg cup.

I’ve had my bronzed egg on a shelf in my kitchen for years and it still makes me smile every time I look at it. I’ve had a lot of eggs since then but this one is and always will be the most special.