Originally Posted by ffibyar
Though I'm not that far from Spartan22, It's tough to get $2.25 a dozen here. Not sure why, when they are so much more at the stores. I live not to far from Meyer's and pay $10.49 for #50 of layer crumbles, but the drive to get it would raise that cost if added in. It's a nice ride though!!!
I plan on hitting a few farmer markets this summer and see what happen with a higher price.
Perceptions about eggs and poultry, I believe has a lot to do with it. Supermarkets around us sell brown and/or organic eggs from 3.77-4.50 a doz. Big movement of healthy living affects that market on able to trust what they advertised (healthy claims). My work place of 200++ people, I know there are at least 6-7 that are chicken keepers and they sell theirs for $2.50/doz and there are couple more that just gives away their eggs.
I think we just got lucky or just accidentally hit the right market. We didn't intend to sell, but last late spring we hosted a cook out and some friends wanted to see our garden shed most didn't know we have chickens since the runs looks like a greenhouse and the front has vegetables & flowers. Gave some people a tour (so to speak), they were impressed when we told them we don't use meds, hormones & pesticide on our veg/ herb garden that we feed them and we don't wash our eggs and no refrigerations and they were not farm raise but backyard raised. Big difference we give each hens personal attentions tho they don't have names as pets.
We gained 6 weekly customers out of that and they told their friends, that all wanted some eggs too but we had to decline w/ the promise that they will have occasional overflow since we only get 6-8 doz weekly. We have 3 families on standby in case we have extras, therefore supply & demand pricing. Even though I pointed them to get eggs from some people I know that sell 2.50/doz. much lower than ours.
We ordered 15 more chicks to come this week, since we will be retiring our 21 month old next fall (they will be 27-28 months).
Sorry this got so long😛Edited by Spartan22 - 2/2/16 at 8:01am