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.


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  3. Melissa says:

    Our first egg was a blue one, and I hollowed it out and strung it on a string, and turned it into a Christmas ornament!

  4. Stacey says:

    Did you boil it blow it. Or anything first? I got my first egg too. I really don’t want to eat it!

  5. Marcia O'Duggan says:

    Oh…a kindred spirit! Chickens AND sarcasm!
    We saved our first egg, too…what else to do with a $500 egg? Display it proudly! Mostly to baffle my linear thinking mother. We also put nice, comfy benches in the chicken yard
    for watching our chickens eat….kind of quiet here in rural Minnesota!

  6. Tiffany Cruz says:

    I remember when my chicken laid her first egg. I was so proud, excited and happy that it finally happened. When we moved I had to give up my chickens but now that we are in a house again with a yard I’ve already ordered more due to be delivered in about 20 days! I was researching coops online and found your blog. Your website is great :) You’ve inspired me to try building our new coop myself. I’ll have my husband around if I need help but your my new hero. Thanks!

    • Karen says:

      Thanks Tiffay! Welcome to the site. I’m glad you found it. So exciting to be getting new chicks! Better start building! ~ karen

  7. Patty says:

    My brother is giving me his 11 chickens (as soon as I get the coop built). I’m going to have to use this idea for my first egg! He told me they do require alot of TLC if you want them to lay. He doesn’t have time for them anymore, and they have almost completely stopped laying. So I’m going to have to show them some chicken love (whatever that might be) so they will start laying again.

    • Karen says:

      Patty – All they need to lay is some food, water and 14 hours of light a day. So you need to put a light on a timer for them. That’s it. And of course they need to feel loved. :) ~ karen

  8. kelliblue says:

    Yup, I’ll say it: I’m sooo EGG-cited for you! :)

  9. Kaytie @ GardenKitchenHome says:

    Haha, as I was reading the top of the post my eye kept drifting down to what had to be the most gorgeous egg ever laid. I didn’t realize you’d coppered it. It’s gorgeous! What a great idea :)

  10. shea says:

    I love this.

  11. carey says:

    bronze is good, but heck, golden would be a whole lot better! get to work, girls!

  12. Dana Niemeier says:

    Congrats!!! Go! chickens Go! Start looking into a ‘egg network’ now…

  13. Tess says:

    It’s like keeping and framing the first dollar bill at a mom and pop store.

  14. SK Farm Girl says:

    A bronzed egg! Take that you painted-white woodland creatures – HAH!

  15. Liz S. says:

    Yay for eggs! I use to babysit for a family that had a farm. I always went home with a basket full of the best eggs ever, tons of veggies, and sometimes fresh milk. I was quite popular my neighbors in my apartment building because I always had something good to cook when I got home.

  16. Nancy says:

    Love it Karen..I would have probably done something like this also..You worked hard to earn that beautiful bronze “trophy”..

  17. mimi says:

    How to bronze an egg must be the makings of another post.
    Home-made mayo is one great use for egg yolks, but then you have to make meringues with the whites.
    It’s so exciting following this chicken journey with you! (without the hard bits like coop-making and the cleaning!!)

  18. Jennifer says:

    glad to see the girls didn’t eat this one! it’s beautiful coppered up!

  19. Shawna says:

    I’ve been told by a friend who use to have chickens that they lay eggs better when there is a routine. She would go out each day at the same time, wearing the same clothes, saying the same thing to her chickens each morning. They were able to produce enough eggs to feed her family of five. If something out of the ordinary happened there would be a reduction in the number of eggs. Have you tried this?

  20. Congratulations, it’s beautiful! Did you make an omelette? Pehaps flavored with garlic “borrowed” from your neighbor?…

  21. Langela says:

    What a beautiful picture! They do get bigger, but almost two years later we have a hen that insists on giving us eggs that are the size of a robin’s egg. But we also have one that gives us some the size of baseballs–literally. Poor girl!

  22. lynn says:

    In our house that first egg was a $500 egg! Between our coop and the organic, soy and GMO free feed our eggs would cost an astronomical amount at market. To us they are priceless! :)

  23. Kerry says:

    I usually put a flower in my upside down eggcup. But a bronzed egg? That’s something!

  24. Marti says:

    Aw, it’s gorgeous!


    Btw, did you see that recipe for egg yoke ravioli? Hot. New. Interesting. And since your fresh eggs taste better, it might be just the thing to try.

  25. Laura Watt says:

    So it’s a labour of love?

    • Karen says:

      Laura – In the past 2 days egg production has suddenly skyrocketed! I plan on spending most of the weekend looking up recipes that call for eggs and handing them out to people on the street. ~ karen

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