Digital Chicken

Because you get white eggs from white chickens and brown eggs from brown chickens (*), this one came from a brown chicken with the digital option:

Date-coded brown egg

Date-coded brown egg

The egg matched the carton date stamp, so this must be an additional part of the process.

Some casual searching shows egg shell printing is a production-line thing.

I suppose RFID-per-egg will eventually be the Next New Thing.

(*) Yes, and chocolate milk from brown cows. Work with me on this, OK?


  1. #1 by Frans on 2018-05-05 - 09:05

    In America you do weird things like washing eggs, but this is new? :P

    All our eggs are stamped with codes for traceability. For example with the recent fipronil issue you saw stuff like this:

    It’s not recommended to eat eggs with the following codes:

    Het gaat om eieren met de volgende codes: X-NL-41679XX, X-NL-42071XX, X-NL-42659XX, X-NL-42766XX, X-NL-43113XX, X-NL-43326XX, X-NL-43514XX, X-NL-43640XX, X-NL-43835XX, X-NL-43879XX**

    I was going to type out an explanation but noticed Wikipedia already has one:

    • #2 by Ed on 2018-05-05 - 09:18

      The hen already pops out a tidy environmentally sealed package, so I never understood the deal with washing. We occasionally get an egg with a pinfeather or two, suggesting they’re either not washed or the washing machine needs a good washing. [grin]

      Maybe we’ll get QR codes before RFID, which will surely involve a less-expensive chicken option unlock code.

      • #3 by Frans on 2018-05-05 - 11:44

        It’s much worse than that though. American eggs have to be refrigerated because washing destroys the tidy environmentally sealed package. Oh well. :)

  2. #4 by Trudi on 2018-05-05 - 09:27

    In Arizona authorities are inserting microchips (like those used in dogs and cats) into the large saguaro cactus to discourage poaching. Technology is everywhere… even in the desert.

    • #5 by Ed on 2018-05-06 - 08:22

      Might not discourage the low end of poachers, because creeping up on a cactus doesn’t require a whole bunch of smarts and the alleged perps likely can’t imagine an RFID tag.

      We kinda-sorta inherited a pair of head-tall cactii when Mom moved to an apartment. Surly critters, the both of ’em, who do not take kindly to anyone in the same room. They can reach across amazing distances, without visible motion, to keep interlopers at bay.

  3. #6 by Steve on 2018-05-08 - 19:57

    • #7 by Ed on 2018-05-09 - 07:37

      That is … perfect!

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