Entering Egg Competitions

by Manda H

Published May 14, 2024

They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder and of course, our own chicken eggs are the most beautiful of them all. Have you ever wondered how well your eggs could go up against other eggs in a competition? County and State Fairs have categories for entering your own farm fresh eggs for adults and youth. I am here today to provide you with some tips and tricks in your quest to have your eggs come out placed on top!

Cream Legbar Eggs at the fair with a purple fair ribbon

Entry Requirements

The first thing I recommend doing is to check over your entry options. Verify if there are any requirements for submitting the eggs for your specific competition. What day is entry day? Is registration or preregistration required? Are there fees and if so, how much are they?

Now determine which categories you will have available for entering. For our particular county fair we have the choice of Colored Eggs, Brown Eggs, White Eggs and Duck Eggs. When I first started competing in egg competitions I thought that it just mattered if they were all the same color. I would save the eggs from the last 2-3 days before entry day and just put together what looked decent. I did not place as well as I would have hoped and that led me to research what exactly are judges looking for and what it takes to have eggs win the competition.

Eggs for competition black copper marans eggs, white leghorn eggs, cream legbar eggs, blue ameraucana eggs. Meyer Hatchery

Choosing Your Eggs

Your farm fresh eggs are being judged on several factors. Judges are looking for uniformity of shape, consistency in coloring, free of stains, and overall appearance. I love entering eggs that are a little different from other potential entries. Black Copper Marans eggs certainly can catch the judge’s eye or the beautiful blue from a Cream LegbarWhite Leghorns lay the nicest white eggs, but those can come with difficulty in keeping them spotlessly clean. It is very important to choose a nice clean egg carton for entry day. You do not want it to have signs of any previous water damage or discolorations.

Next, let’s look at what you need to consider when it comes to selecting your eggs.

Uniformity of Shape

Did you know that chickens will lay eggs that are a bit unique to them? If you have some of your farm fresh eggs near you go take a look at their shape. Some are more pointy-ended than others which may be more rounded. If you have multiple days worth of eggs you can look through them to see that hens stay pretty consistent in the shape of the egg that they lay. This information also helps you to determine how often a chicken is laying.

Regarding the Eggshell

Now that you have learned the importance of a consistent eggshell shape, now we also have to think about the eggshell itself. You will want to select eggs that have a nice color. If a chicken is just starting out laying or has recently finished molting, the eggshell coloring might be inconsistent as the amount of bloom and pigments varies with age and molts.  You will want to have 12 eggs that are as close to the same color as possible. You will want to remove any discolorations. Leave out any eggs that may have calcium deposits or other abnormalities.

Overall Appearance

Smooth, clean, uniform eggs are the goal!  Want to know the best way to achieve this? You will want to collect eggs from the same chicken every day. That’s right. You don’t want to go through 2-3 days of collections from your whole backyard flock to find the perfect eggs. You actually want to pick the chicken that lays well, has strong healthy shells and uniform appearance to be your “Competition Egg Layer.” You will want to collect eggs for appropriately 2 weeks prior to entry day. Keep the eggs cool, such as in the fridge. However, be sure to mark the eggs well so that no one turns your competition eggs into a breakfast casserole. You will want to consider collecting 2-3 hens’ eggs, kept in their own egg cartons, just to make sure you end up with a great layer who has enough eggs to fill the carton when it’s time.

Lastly, be sure to have fun! What eggs will you be competing with in your fair this summer?

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