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Table Eggs

Producing your own table eggs is rising in popularity. These resources will help you know what to expect, and how to stay safe, when producing and using table eggs from your backyard flock.


NC State Extension Factsheets

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Identifying and Responding to Factors That Can Affect Egg Quality and Appearance

This publication is a useful resource that shell egg producers can use to identify egg defects and possible factors contributing to egg quality issues. It also provides corrective measures for …

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Explaining the North Carolina Egg Law for Producers With Small Flocks

This publication is targeted toward small producers who may be contemplating entering into egg sales at some level.

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How to Sell Shell Eggs Into Grocery Stores Through Direct Store Delivery

This publication provides basic information for small or medium-scale North Carolina egg producers to start marketing their products to retail stores.

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Designing a Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) Plan for Shell Eggs

With the addition of new regulatory requirements and continually emerging pathogens, developing and designing a HACCP plan has become more and more complex. This publication compiles published research data to …


Other resources

Contents of Chicken Egg

This brief article from Mississippi State University Extension explains, with diagrams, the internal structure of chicken eggs.

This resource can be viewed online or downloaded for free.

Egg Production Process

This brief article from the American Egg Board describes how eggs are produced.

This resource can be viewed online.

Facts About Table Eggs
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This article from the University of Maine Cooperative Extension covers handling, grading and understanding all aspects of table eggs.

This resource can be viewed online or downloaded for free.

Structure of the Egg

This brief article from University of Illinois Extension describes, with diagrams, the internal structure of chicken eggs.

This resource can be viewed online.

What is Egg Quality and Preserving It

This article from University of Illinois Extension focuses on understanding and maintaining egg quality.

This resource can be viewed online.


If you have questions about table eggs, contact an Area Specialized Agent for poultry, Ken Anderson, your county livestock agent or Ask an Expert.