I recently decorated a couple of egg cartons for food swap–I just spray painted them but I LOVE the way they turned out.
My chickens are on strike, sort of. We’ve had a mama hatch out a batch of babies and every single other hen has decided she too must be a mama too, they’re all broody. Every nesting box has hens fighting over sitting on the nest, even IF the nest has nothing in it. I pick up eggs several times a day to keep them from sitting on them and getting more broody. I’ve given them high protein snacks, extra water, oyster shell, more grit, special treats, fresh vegetables, tree branches. You name it I’ve done it. And yet still we have broody hens. And now they’ve started molting which means we’re getting less and less eggs every day. I used to sell eggs but now I’ve let my customers go because we just don’t have the ability to guarantee eggs.
Last week before the August Food Swap my hens went a bit nutty and I did get a few dozen eggs out of them. Instead of selling them I decided to swap them at food swap because we haven’t had anyone with eggs for quite a while. I wanted to decorate the cartons a little, just to make them look swap worthy. I turned to my old pal SPRAY PAINT and gave them a quick top side coat.
I let them off gas for about 5 days to keep them from being to stinky and then I simply stenciled EGGS on the top.
I wish the stencils were a little smaller but overall I like the way they turned out. A lot. My kids did too there was talk of doing this to ALL our eggs cartons and as I looked at my stash of cartons I thought ‘no way in hell’ while my mouth said “wellllll we’ll see”
If you’re interested in Palmer Food Swap check out:
my recent post on the One Year Anniversary of Palmer Food Swap
or if you want more information about Food Swapping in general I reviewed a great book called Food Swap by Emily Paster a few months back