I Made an Egg Holder. Because I Really, Really, Really Needed One. ๐Ÿ™„

Egg holders are like chickens. You can’t have just one.  Or two, or three, or four, or five …

Today isn’t the day, but one day I’ll tell you how many egg baskets and holders I own. I’m feeling kind of vulnerable at the moment so I’m not ready for you know my specific level of crazy.

O.K., I have 13 egg baskets.

Any chicken owner knows that’s how many egg holders you need. Minimum. For the winter you need a small one because you’re aren’t getting as many eggs and in the summer you need a big one for the non stop egg production.  That brings us up to a total of two egg baskets, one for summer and one for winter.  Then you need a bunch more because that’s just the way it is when you’re chicken mental.

The truth is I just haven’t found the perfect egg holder. There’s this one that I made and really like but it doesn’t hold enough eggs.

The perfect egg holder is nice to look at, doesn’t take up too much counter space, holds at LEAST a dozen eggs and is easy to put eggs into and get out of. The very best egg holder will  helps you distinguish the newer eggs from the older ones.

Find an egg holder like that and you’ve hit the holy grail, pack up shop, you don’t need to look any more egg holder. None of mine check all those boxes, but the most elusive is being able to help you keep your older eggs separate from your newer ones.

You may have seen the egg skelter which is basically a cage that you keep on your counter. It looks like a roller coaster that someone put through a spiralizer. You put a new egg on top and take them out from the bottom. This way you’re always using up the oldest eggs first with no confusion as to which is which. If you put all your eggs in one basket, (hahahahaha!) your older eggs always end up at the bottom of the basket and when you pull one out they get mixed up with the newer ones. It’s a fresh egg mess.

Now that the chickens are back into full egg production I’m starting to get overrun with eggs. They’ve filled my winter egg basket plus they’ve spilled out onto the counter.   Yesterday I sat down and designed an easy Egg holder for my kitchen island that ticks all of my egg holder requirements PLUS it was easy to make. You just need a slab of wood, a saw and some wood glue.

DIY Egg Holder


12″ x 18″ piece of 1″ pine
Wood glue
Clamps or heavy books


  1. Cut 6, 1/2″ slices off the end of of your board.

2. Lay your cut slices on the board with 2.5″ in between each one and take a look.  The 3  middle slices need to have their ends cut off because they’ll extend past the board a bit.

3. Mark where to cut the slices and cut the ends off.  Reserve these small pieces.  Do NOT throw them out.

4. Now that all your pieces are cut, lightly sand the edges to take the sharpness off. (optional)


5. Lightly mark where your rails go with a pencil.  Remove them and spread glue on the individual pieces and where they’re going to lay.  Let them sit for a couple of minutes to get slightly tacky so they don’t slip when you lay them down.

6. Clamp all of your rails. if you don’t have clamps you can put a board over the whole thing …

and stack a LOT of  heavy books on top.  Leave it for at least an hour.

7. Remove the books and glue and clamp the little nubs you cut off and reserved to the end of the board where the rails are open.  These act as legs that lift the egg holder up slightly at the back.

8. Now all that’s left is to add your eggs.

9. Put your oldest eggs in first and your newest ones last. Now when you take an egg from the front of the egg holder you’ll use the oldest one first, and the newer ones will roll down.

The egg holder count is officially up to 14.

Swipe over the whole thing with either mineral oil or a board butter made with beeswax and mineral oil.  You can find my recipe for Board Butter here.

How does this egg holder hold up against my checklist?

  1.  Nice to look at?  ✔ Although if I’m being honest, I really prefer a super plain egg holder that’s just a length of wood with a bunch of holes in it.  Something like that isn’t as convenient for keeping track of egg age though.

2. Doesn’t take up too much counter space? ✔  The piece is fairly big, measuring around 18″ x 14″ but because it’s quite flat, visually it doesn’t take up too much space.

3. Holds at least a dozen eggs? ✔  It holds TWO dozen eggs.  That’s 14 eggs for those of you unfamiliar with the term dozen.

4.  Easy to put eggs into and get eggs out of? ✔  Yup.

5. Easy to distinguish old eggs from new eggs?  ✔  Eggs are constantly rotating with newer eggs falling forward as older eggs are being used up.

O.K. I’m done.  I don’t need any more egg holders. The cycle is complete.

I  just need a few more chickens.

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I Made an Egg Holder.  Because I Really, Really, Really Needed One. ๐Ÿ™„


  1. Devin says:

    Thanks so much for sharing this! I am a new chicken owner and have been on the hunt for something that fits all the requirements you listed above and that looks cool. This seems easy enough to build and cool enough to put on my counter with all the functions I need. Thanks again!

  2. Paula Garner says:

    I noticed that the eggs themselves are lovely! What breed(s) of chickens do you have?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Paula. The green speckled eggs are from my Olive Egger (Copper Marans X Ameraucana F1) – if I remember correctly. And the brown eggs are from a Black Copper Marans and a Blue Copper Marans. But I don’t ever recommend them unless you get a really hard core breeder because they’re so predisposed to laying eggs with meal spots. ~ karen!

      • We got chickens this year, its been a fun journey but I noticed you mentioned meal spots. Several of our chickies have them. Are you saying later generations of chickens don’t have them as often? I feel like I get a meal spot every 2-3 eggs.. They are very tiny, however, as the size of one crushed black pepper flake.

        We knew we would run into such “issues” which aren’t even an issue so we kept our flock small.

        Any breeds you’d recommend?
        We have:
        2 Ameraucana, one silver/black/blue and one brown/black with gold hues.
        1 barred rock
        3 welsummer
        2 ISA brown

  3. Maryanne says:

    Your correction for 14 to 24 didn’t take :(

    • charlene y. says:

      me? I was confused but figured it was an inside joke for people with chickens, like a chicken’s dozen, or Paula’s Canadian dozen (14). So glad I read the comments; leave it in… LOL.

  4. Shelagh says:

    I buy my eggs from my girlfriend so I get the benefit without the work! But I still have to put them in the fridge…we have a dog who eats anything off the counter when he s left alone in the house….he found a cauliflower once…decided he didn’t really like the taste but he sure chased it around the floor…have you ever tried sweeping up cauliflower bits ? Doesn’t work

  5. Lynda Loy says:

    Showing this to the hubby! He recently added to his chicken flock and I can tell this would be really handy! Besides he needs a project!

  6. Vicki says:

    Thatโ€™s brilliant! Looks cool, too!

  7. Linda Wade says:

    I have a question. I notice you leave your eggs out and do not refrigerate them. How long can you leave them out before they go bad?
    Thank you.

  8. Robin says:

    You should patent this !

  9. Erin says:

    Your girls lay some beautiful eggs.

  10. Karen Bourdon says:

    I have been told you can keep fresh eggs on the counter but not store bought because of their age they need to be kept refrigerated.

    • Lyanne Hoefer says:

      Nothing to do with age…..store bought eggs are washed, if they are fresh from your chicken, you don’t wash the protective coating off-Mother Nature is MAGICAL!

  11. Karen says:

    I’ve heard you can keep fresh eggs on the counter, but not store bought because they are so old they have to be kept refrigerated.

  12. Michelle says:

    Brilliant & beautiful ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Ian Anderson says:

    Oh thank you Karen!

    Been struggling with this myself. My current system of an egg tray is a pain as I have to keep moving the eggs forward.

    But I’ll have to use another solid strip instead of the small legs, as I keep our eggs in the fridge.

    Love the simplicity, and better still, it just works!

    p.s. here’s the pic of our magical transition day, where we eat the last store bought egg and move onto the first of our own… God, I love the Spring :-)

    • Melissa says:

      Ian, what a fantastic photo!

    • Karen says:

      The difference is amazing isn’t it! And you still have to straighten the eggs once they roll down. Because aren’t round, they roll down a bit wonky, lol. ~ karen!

      • Ian Anderson says:

        Especially when you think there is still snow on the ground here, so they haven’t been eating much green stuff, just a few scraps from the kitchen.

        Makes me happy about the quality of the feed from the store… (and wonder about the quality of the feed on the commercial farms…)

  14. Lianne Brown says:

    Love it!! Thank you for sharing.

  15. Mary W says:

    Great idea and pretty, too. This may be the next present I have for my granddaughter who has just stepped through that chicken world door. It’s all fun and games until you see that new breed you just have to have.

    • Karen says:

      True! ~ karen

      • Alice says:

        Karen, if you are in the market for a new chicken, you should consider a Polish Chicken. They are outstandingly beautiful. I donโ€™t know a thing about chickens or their laying habits, but Iโ€™d love to see one sitting in your lap!

  16. whitequeen96 says:

    I think Karen meant she now has 14 egg holders, and wasn’t referring to how many eggs she has. Am I right, Karen?

  17. Caroline Whittaker says:

    We don’t have chickens, but do eat a lot of eggs. I need a holder for more than a dozen, otherwise when I buy a new dozen because I’m down to 3 eggs, I end up with an overview bowl.
    I like your design, but don’t have the space for it sadly. By the way, 2 dozen is 24 (not 14), unless you meant 2 + dozen!

  18. Sachi says:

    I see egg holder, I click. I don’t own chickens, and in this tropical heat of Sri Lanka, I doubt we can sit the eggs out on the countertop for too long before they go bad. I still very much dream about that other egg holder you made some time back, with the drilled holes in them? It made me want to get into woodwork! Still haven’t made it, but ! You are so much goals Karen! Love you!

    • Karen says:

      Thanks Sachi! How *are* eggs sold in Sri Lanka? From a cooler or from out in the open? I’m just curious. It’s different around the world. ~ karen!

      • Au-Diya says:

        Oh yeah , it’s warm in Malaysia too! Eggs are sold in the open but retailers go through eggs so fast as we are one of the largest consumer of eggs (apparently). Eggs here stay fresh about 1 week in room temp and by room I mean +/- 34CELCIUS while in the cooler they last about 2 1/2 weeks. But maybe the holder will look good placed in a cooler as well eh? Am itching to start making some farmy stuff too heheh

  19. Paula says:

    I love it! My sister got me a holder for Christmas that says Golden Butt Nuggets :)

  20. Cat says:

    Adopt Signe’s chickens. They need a home.

  21. Lynne says:

    Ummm…2 doz eggs is 24 not 14!! BUT, that is how I count my chickens when hubby asks me How many I have now! LOL

  22. Debbie D says:

    Love the egg holder and love your eggs (chicken eggs that is). I was thinking about you when I received an email today from Emma Bridgewater (no I don’t work for her, or have stock in her company). She has a new rooster line to go with her chicken dishes, etc., (that I just love!). I look for your varieties of chickens on her plates every time I see them. Ah yes! More chickens!

  23. Jenny Durling says:

    I do t get it… I just buy egg cartons and line them up I. The fridge I. The order they were collected. Iโ€™ve got 18 hens and 7 ducks laying so I also sell my eggs.

    • Karen says:

      Well that’s why you put them in cartons then. You sell them. So you pull a dozen out of the fridge and hand them over to a person. I have 3 hens, so it could take me 2 weeks to get a dozen eggs at certain times of the year. I want to know which of those 1 or 2 dozen are the freshest because I don’t use a dozen at a time. I use 1 or 2 at a time. Does that make sense? Because reading it back I feel like it doesn’t, lol. But that’s the gist of it anyway. ~ karen!

      • PegB says:

        Karen, at that rate with three chickens, does that mean you need three more? Or maybe you should just make a smaller egg holder that holds 12-15 eggs for those fewer egg times. Store the larger one for the more productive times. Or get 3 more chickens and sell eggs in cartons. Now I confused me too.

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