Please let me start by saying I do not sell eggs. The main reason I have more "girls" than I need for my household is 1.) I have not culled my first set of hens. Secondly, I wanted to be able to give eggs to my brothers and sisters families. That being said, I am asked at least once a week to sell someone a dozen eggs. I am hesitant to sell anyone eggs because of numerous reasons but the biggest reason is liability. I just do not want to expose us to that potential - it simply is not worth it.
Well we had someone, not a family member, begging for us to sell them some farm-fresh eggs. They said they had never had farm eggs from chickens raised on pasture and after months of them continually pestering us, sold them a dozen eggs at a cost of $4.00 for the dozen. Definitely against my better judgement.
In order to have a gauge for egg prices, I looked at the natural food store down the street that sells "free-range" eggs for $4.99/dozen. I thought $4.00 was a fair price.
This person, after months of pestering us to try the eggs, had one dozen delivered them to them which was about 4 miles from our farm. Granted, we had to go somewhat close to their location anyway but they were still delivered to them. I knew in advance the parents weren't home but the eggs were left with one of the kids to put in the refrigerator. They knew in advance I was selling them for $4.00/dozen - and had been hesitant to even sell them in the first place.
Long story short, they said they would try them first to see if they were worth it....Talk about sending me off on a rocket!
I was and am still simply stupefied by their actions/response. This just reinforced why I never wanted to sell any eggs.This "incident" forced me to sit down and figure out what it actually costs to produce and sell a dozen eggs. I figured out that without making a wage on care or cleaning, a dozen eggs cost me at least $5.40/dozen. I wrote a lengthy post on my blog with how I arrived at that calculation.
While I did not write this portion of the "story" on my blog, I did write out what it costs me to produce and sell a dozen eggs. It may be of interest to some of you. Here is a link to my blog and the "rest of the story" Click Here
Edited by BacktoBasicsGal - 10/5/15 at 3:24pm