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Introducing the Amazing Egg Skelter!

So you've got your own chickens and now you have more eggs than you know what to do with?

The fabulous Egg Skelter - a great way to store your chickens' lovely, fresh eggs! You'll never have a bad egg again!

It's great, isn't it? Beautiful, healthy, fresh produce every day.

The real question is - how do you store them efficiently, so that you always use the oldest first? 

Of course, you can write the date on each one, or maybe keep them in a box with the oldest at the front.  

Which is fine, as long as you remember to do it. And providing none of your family turns the box around...

If you're anything like me your storage solution will be a little haphazard - which means you don't really know whether the eggs you're eating were laid yesterday or a week ago.

Introducing the answer to your prayers - the Egg Skelter!

I've had this Egg Skelter (the one in all the pics in this article!) for over seven years, so I know it pretty well.

Here's my full, no-holds-barred review of it including what works well, what doesn't work so well and whether I would recommend buying it.

Please note : I'm reviewing this product because I own one and love it.  I am not paid for this review and I don't get any freebies out of it, although if you buy one from a link on this page I do get a small commission. There is no extra charge to you. 

I just think you'd love it as much as I do - and you deserve to have one!

Storing the haphazard way.

This is what happens when you have chickens ... You get lots of eggs.

Here's how I stored mine when I first had my girls. I only had six hens but I hadn't thought through at all what I would do with all those eggs. 

Even giving a lot away to friends, this what what ended up in my fridge after just a week. (At that point I didn't realise that I didn't need to store eggs in the fridge).

Eggs in the fridge soon pile up!

I ended up with a heap of eggs but no way of knowing which were the oldest. I just had to take pot luck. 

Not very efficient.

Enter the Egg Skelter!

The Egg Skelter is an ingenious invention, originally made by a husband who couldn't think what else to buy his wife as a Christmas present. She loved it so much that he made a few to sell privately to friends and family - and sold out in a matter of days.

Since then, this family business in a rural part of England has made more than 25,000 Egg Skelters which are now available all over the world.

It's made of powder-coated steel, so it's both light and very strong. I don't know much about welding but I do know a good quality product when I see one. I've had mine now for more than seven years, and the paint is still intact, even at the joints. 

In fact, there's not one single scratch on it. Not one. Remember that, when you're asking about the price...

It  holds up to 24 medium to large sized chicken eggs (there is also a bantam version). The idea is you put each egg on starting at the bottom, in the order they're laid. 

Older ones are therefore always at the bottom so you have no doubt which to use first.

Genius!

What do other people think?

As well as having used this daily for over five years, I've read more or less all the reviews of the Egg Skelter.

Strangely, a lot of them don't focus on the quality of the Egg Skelter but on how well the eggs do or don't roll.  

There's one important thing to remember here: this is not a toy! It's a way of storing eggs!

  • Some reviews say the eggs smash if you let them roll. Well, clearly - if you let eggs bang into each other that does tend to happen!
  • Some others say theirs don't roll at all. I've found with my own that because they tend to be different sizes (and sometimes weird shapes) they don't always roll. 
  • Is this a big deal? No! Just help them along with a gentle tap - or even pick them up and put them in position. It takes seconds.
  • Store bought eggs, because they're often from caged birds whose size and shape is much more uniform, do (I have found) roll well. (But I prefer my girls' multi-coloured, multi-shaped eggs!).
  • So, as long as you buy this with a view to storing your eggs efficiently, rather than using it as a toy, I think you'll be as delighted as I am.

Positives.

  • Holds up to 24 medium to large chicken eggs.
  • A smaller version for bantams is also available.
  • You know exactly which need to be used first.
  • Light and easy to handle (even when it's full!).
  • Cleans very easily - just wipe down with a damp cloth from time to time.
  • Extremely well made : paint doesn't scratch off and joints are almost invisible.
  • Range of eleven colours means it will fit in most kitchen schemes.
  • It just looks good!

Things about the Egg Skelter that don't quite work.

  • Be sensible. Don't try to play "helter skelter" with it - your eggs may smash!
  • Eggs won't necessarily roll by themselves - they'll need a bit of help.
  • It's not cheap. I think it's worth it, particularly as a gift. It's far more well made than other, les expensive versions.
  • If you want to keep your eggs in a fridge this isn't the right storage solution for you - it's too big. (But why would you? See this article for information about storing eggs).
  • The biggest issue for me? It's not big enough! My girls lay very regularly and, even though we give a lot away to friends and neighbours, we don't have enough room on the Skelter.

How to solve that problem? 

Simple - I've just bought another one!

My Golden Egg award.

I will only ever recommend goods I either already have myself, or wish I had. I always award any product I review between one and five 'Golden Eggs'.

So how many does the Skelter deserve?

I'm giving it a great big ...

Five Golden Eggs!


How to buy the Egg Skelter.

The Egg Skelter has only recently been made available in the United States. The main importer is Amazon. I've highlighted the cream coloured Skelter as it's the one I've got, but if you want another colour you'll find a good selection in the Amazon store.


A review, 7 years on!

I originally wrote this review in 2012. My Skelter is still going strong and its only downside is that one is not enough - so I have just bought another!

It's survived three massive earthquakes in central Italy, where we live, in 2016. And several thousand aftershocks. And a house move. And hundreds and hundreds of eggs!

It still has no marks, no chipped paint, and the joints are as strong as ever. And trust me, mine is used every single day. I've bought several as gifts for friends and family and they have had exactly the same excellent experience.

Since the Skelter became popular, a lot of imitations have sprung up on various different seller sites. They're cheaper, but the quality is just nothing like as good. They're often made in China.

You can see from my review exactly how well made the Skelter is, and the fact that I've now had it for 7 years is a testament to its quality.

So be careful that you are buying the real Egg Skelter and not a poor imitation.

And by all means, buy a cheaper version if you want to, as long as you realise it's nothing like the excellent quality of the original.



More about eggs!

Want more information about eggs and how to make them the best? No problem! Click on these links.

What do chickens eat, and when should you give them different types of food? Click here to find out.
The amazing hatching chicken eggs section - link.
Sunflower seeds for chicken treats.
A review of the best automatic chicken feeder on the market - link.
More information about storing eggs - link.
How to store hatching eggs for best success - link.

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