We have an egg business here in Oregon.
I have 100 hens currently sort of laying as weather permits.
23 dozen sold to the market last week! I wholesale my eggs for $5.58 a dozen and they sell for $7.49. Our eggs are pasture raised and organic. I have 150 little pullets who will come into lay in Feb and March. Our hope is that the revenue from these hens will pay for this obsession of mine and employ someone 20 hours a week on the farm for the various projects we have here!
I continue to breed LF English Orpingtons in almost every color (while working on new ones) along with olive eggers and marans for our every growing egg flock!
Is that what your wholesale flock is comprised of, marans and olive eggers? I should look into what is involved to become organic certified, I haven't seriously considered it simply due to the higher feed cost associated with it and a questionable market though I haven't researched that much in the wholesale end either.
I keep around 50 chickens give or take for the last few years, I've added some each year and now have a fairly diverse group age wise, I want to keep that going and cull the first generation this year minus a couple broodies the rooster and the wife's couple pet hens, then I am trying to decide if I want to do my own hatch for replacements this spring or if I should go another year of ordering some sex links to try to boost my production. My first flock was a mix of dual purpose breeds and they have never really flooded me with eggs.
Edited by blucoondawg - 12/17/15 at 11:52am