We have 22 laying hens right now, with ten more that should start laying by spring. They are various breeds that I bought for my granddaughter as newborn chicks. The collection rate has been as high as 21 and is still averaging about 14 or so, even though it is winter. A few folks had bought eggs from us, but most of them were given to family and friends. About three weeks ago, my brother and I pulled my pickup off the main highway through our small town and set up a bale of straw and a couple of signs, "Farm Fresh Eggs." We sold twelve dozen in about an hour and a half and met some great people. One man bought three dozen and has since bought six dozen more, three at a time. Him and his wife live close enough that I have been delivering to them. Now I agree with most of the contributors here; making a profit is rare or non-existent with a small flock, but selling enough to at least cover feed costs is great. As far as selling to grocery stores and markets, there are several areas that I believe would prohibit it being worthwhile, especially with mixed breed flocks such as ours. The inconsistency of size and color would be a factor. Apparently, from my research, eggs do not have to be "graded," though most of those in grocery stores are. Sizing can be accomplished with a weight scale if you were to package and label them for resale. Our sales to the public are packaged in both new and clean used cartons. If they are packaged in a company's printed carton, we place labels identifying our mini-farm. These labels are usually put on the new cartons, also, but not always. They are an added expense, but in my case, it is more of a hobby than a profit maker, so I do it anyway. I am sure that there are various laws and regulations that pertain to different areas. One small label that we attach to every carton reads: "Ungraded" and "Unclassified." These are printed 33 to a sheet, black ink, on standard address label sheets. This is a low-cost disclaimer that says the eggs are not a particular weight or size and have not been graded. A few weeks ago we purchased ten pullets about three months of age from a couple who incubate and have a great farm, raising various animals and birds. The man gave me one tip: he said "If you are going to sell eggs, make sure you take care of your best customers first. Egg production will vary and usually decreases during the winter months. If you promise too many people that you will have eggs and then you don't, they will go elsewhere. Take care of your primary customers and tell the others that you may or may not have eggs at any particular time." The couple I referred to early on here are the first of our "primary customers" and we will continue to do our best to have eggs for them when they want them. I don't know if I have provided any worthwhile information in this post, but hopefully it will give beginning egg producers some points to ponder.