I don't think that we have ever dyed our Easter Eggs before Easter.
The bunny doesn't hide real eggs so I never feel pressured to get the eggs dyed before. My kids don't eat hard boiled eggs so I don't boil them either. We just dye a few raw eggs and then eat them for them breakfast. The kids always have fun and I always have fun taking pictures.
We only had one broken egg and I think it was this one. Right after I took her picture the egg fell off. If you scoop them up real fast, it doesn't make too much of a mess.