Egg packers are seeing the retail trade return to normal in the wake of last month's fuel crisis. "It's a real tidying market after the stupidity of the last few weeks," said a trader. Some high street multiples over-ordered, anticipating heavier trading than normal, he explained ­ and even out of town operators had pushed up their order levels. With supermarket depots still full of eggs when the fuel crisis cleared, there has been a 10 day selling through gap with little ordering activity. "Nobody remembered that a hen can only lay one egg a day. One minute they wanted six on the spot, then nothing for a week or so." The diversion of huge volumes into the retail trade meant wholesalers' orders were largely ignored, forcing them to procure imported eggs. This has caused ill feeling among traders, who were abandoned in a time of need and offered stock when the multiple trade went quiet. {{PROVISIONS }}