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I will have 16 layers VERY soon and the chickens I have lay an egg a day, every day. Even if I get a dozen a day, that's A LOT of eggs for me and my family. I will have a wide variety of eggs- white, light brown, medium brown, dark brown, blue, pinkish. I will be feeding them cracked corn and flax along with organic hen feed so they will have nice dark yolks. I plan on selling most of them and I have a few questions-

1.) How much do you sell very large sized brown/white eggs?

2.) Do you charge more for Maran or Auraucana eggs?

3.) Where do you try to sell them?

4.) Is it necessary to wash eggs with a special "egg soap" if you plan on selling them?

5.) How do you advertise your eggs and does advertising really work?

6.) Is it a good idea to buy new cartons when selling to customers who are strangers instead of using re-used ones?

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post #2 of 10

I am contemplating these issues also.  Some ideas:

1)  You should make a label or stamp that says your eggs are "Ungraded."  That way you don't need to grade/sort them.  Many backyard layers lay big Jumbo-sized eggs but what if you throw some sorta=medium Easter Egger eggs into a carton with some BIG brown eggs?  The mix is great at a farmers' market but is NOT consistent in size or weight - therefore just label the eggs as ungraded.

2) If you free-range and avoid antibiotics/worming the price should be $3.50/$4.00/dz depending on location and time of year.  Sell as natural/free/range/farm-fresh.    You will LOSE money to feed/care if you charge below $3.00/dz.   Mix-in the Maran/Ameraucana/Araucana eggs with brown eggs for a variety.

3).  New unused cartons are best for strangers..  Factor the cost in to what you charge.  Cartons are a big part of why the cost goes up from $2-something to $3-something.  Best to stamp your name and address on them....

4) Organic certification is quite difficult and a LOT of paperwork plus expense.

I used to work in an auto parts factory, which is the reason for my handle.  Chickens aren't as heavy, but they're much more entertaining than auto parts!!

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I used to work in an auto parts factory, which is the reason for my handle.  Chickens aren't as heavy, but they're much more entertaining than auto parts!!

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Originally Posted by Anna_MN 

I will have 16 layers VERY soon and the chickens I have lay an egg a day, every day. Even if I get a dozen a day, that's A LOT of eggs for me and my family. I will have a wide variety of eggs- white, light brown, medium brown, dark brown, blue, pinkish. I will be feeding them cracked corn and flax along with organic hen feed so they will have nice dark yolks. I plan on selling most of them and I have a few questions-

1.) How much do you sell very large sized brown/white eggs? Don't have chickens just waterfowl

2.) Do you charge more for Maran or Auraucana eggs?Darker eggs are more expensive here

3.) Where do you try to sell them? Craigslist, Bakeries, Feed stores

4.) Is it necessary to wash eggs with a special "egg soap" if you plan on selling them? Some people do but I personally don't

5.) How do you advertise your eggs and does advertising really work? I'm sure it works but that can get quite expensive depending on the media. I personally just use craiglist

6.) Is it a good idea to buy new cartons when selling to customers who are strangers instead of using re-used ones?


I use clean reused egg cartons


Edited by Kevin565 - 12/5/11 at 9:20pm

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1.  I sell mine for $3 a dozen. I checked and our CraigsList sellers go for $2 to $4/dozen, so I went for the middle. Mine are bronze, brown and blue large to jumbo (2.7 oz) eggs.  One customer offered to pay $3.50 a dozen, since that's what she had been paying. love
I checked Walmart's and their organic "free range" eggs sell for $4.50/dozen.

2.  no

3.  I put an ad on CraigsList with some pics of my eggs and chickens and sold my entire inventory (6 dozen) in 12 hours. I now have 2 regular customers who want to buy 16 dozen a month.

4.  I don't wash mine, but do use a damp cloth to wipe off any smudges

5.  Just the one time ad on CraigsList

6.  My customers showed up the first time with lots of egg cartons, which I greatly appreciated.

7.  I'm going to have a tough time keeping up with the demand for fresh eggs... So I now have a great excuse to buy more chickens!!  wee. Even my husband agrees that more chickens would be a good idea! 

I have been amazed at the response for organic, free range eggs. It's encouraging that people want to buy local, high-quality food products. And I'm happy to get enough return to pay for feed, upkeep.... And more chickens!!  ya

Never complain about growing old ... 'tis a privilege denied to many" ~Mark Twain~
Home to my wonderful, chicken-tolerant DH, 2 sweet Golden Retrievers, 2 Black Copper Marans, 4 Barred Rocks, 2 Americaunas, a BO named Princess Buttercup, a Welsummer, 1 light Brahma, a Buff Brahma, 1 Large Jersey Giant,
4 Cream Legbars and 2 Silverlaced Wyandottes (named Crowella de Ville).
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Never complain about growing old ... 'tis a privilege denied to many" ~Mark Twain~
Home to my wonderful, chicken-tolerant DH, 2 sweet Golden Retrievers, 2 Black Copper Marans, 4 Barred Rocks, 2 Americaunas, a BO named Princess Buttercup, a Welsummer, 1 light Brahma, a Buff Brahma, 1 Large Jersey Giant,
4 Cream Legbars and 2 Silverlaced Wyandottes (named Crowella de Ville).
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Originally Posted by Moogie 

1.  I sell mine for $3 a dozen. I checked and our CraigsList sellers go for $2 to $4/dozen, so I went for the middle. Mine are bronze, brown and blue large to jumbo (2.7 oz) eggs.  One customer offered to pay $3.50 a dozen, since that's what she had been paying. love
I checked Walmart's and their organic "free range" eggs sell for $4.50/dozen.

2.  no

3.  I put an ad on CraigsList with some pics of my eggs and chickens and sold my entire inventory (6 dozen) in 12 hours. I now have 2 regular customers who want to buy 16 dozen a month.

4.  I don't wash mine, but do use a damp cloth to wipe off any smudges

5.  Just the one time ad on CraigsList

6.  My customers showed up the first time with lots of egg cartons, which I greatly appreciated.

7.  I'm going to have a tough time keeping up with the demand for fresh eggs... So I now have a great excuse to buy more chickens!!  wee. Even my husband agrees that more chickens would be a good idea! 

I have been amazed at the response for organic, free range eggs. It's encouraging that people want to buy local, high-quality food products. And I'm happy to get enough return to pay for feed, upkeep.... And more chickens!!  ya


You sell organic? Was it hard to go through all the paper work? I've been looking into getting certified.

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post #6 of 10

I'm still waiting for my hens to lay but here's my plan. 

1.) $3-$3.50 (discount if they bring their own carton)

2.) No.

3.) I live in a small town so word of mouth has already got several customers waiting for my hens to get a move on. Also the local feed store allows us to put up signs as well as the post office and local bulletin boards like that. 

4.) The bloom that's on the eggs when they are laid helps keep them fresh longer so unless the egg is dirty I leave it alone.  If they are dirty I take a slightly wet paper towel or washcloth and gently wipe it off.  I do let customers know they are not washed.

5.) Between WOM and local bulletin boards I have plenty of free advertisement.  A friend of mine put a notice on facebook and within one day she had 30 requests

6.) I encourage customers to bring their own cartons(small discount).  If they don't I do have some I purchased but most will bring their own.  I do put labels on the carton with my contact info regardless of where the carton comes from.

Best of luck to you!

Miki

Miki, momma to 2 boys, 8 EEs, 3 BAs, 3 frizzled bantams, 2 silkies, 3 cats, 1 scottie, 1 yorkie, and a few hundred fish.
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Miki, momma to 2 boys, 8 EEs, 3 BAs, 3 frizzled bantams, 2 silkies, 3 cats, 1 scottie, 1 yorkie, and a few hundred fish.
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post #7 of 10

We also only feed organic feeds. 


1.) How much do you sell very large sized brown/white eggs?  We have small EE banties, plus a few larger browns- $3 dozen

2.) Do you charge more for Maran or Auraucana eggs? N/A

3.) Where do you try to sell them? Mostly through friends.  If I have an unusual amount I advertise at our bulletin board in town

4.) Is it necessary to wash eggs with a special "egg soap" if you plan on selling them? No

5.) How do you advertise your eggs and does advertising really work? Of course it works.  How else will people know you intend to sell?

6.) Is it a good idea to buy new cartons when selling to customers who are strangers instead of using re-used ones Always the environmentalist and frugalist I reuse.  There are enough used cartons floating around to house every egg out there.  No need to buy new

ETA- you are going to get many answers, as the answers vary greatly from area to area.


Edited by clairabean - 12/5/11 at 10:21pm
post #8 of 10
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Originally Posted by Kevin565 

You sell organic? Was it hard to go through all the paper work? I've been looking into getting certified.


There is a difference between foods that are USDA certified organic and those which are organically produced or grown. The first involves meeting strict gov't regulations and requirements in order to label the product as USDA certified organic. 

But organically grown (non-certified) is a commitment by the farmer to not use pesticides, growth hormones, GMOs, regular and/or indiscriminate use of antibiotics, chemical fertilizers, etc in the production of their food products.   Braum's is a good example of this - they're not certified as organic and yet their dairy products certainly meet that commitment.

I use organic feed, and the chickens free range. Since I'm also a beekeeper, we do not use any pesticides or chemicals anywhere on our acreage.  Yes, our eggs are organic, they're just not certified organic. From what I've read, private or individual gardeners/farmers are not certified -- it's probably just too cost prohibitive.

Never complain about growing old ... 'tis a privilege denied to many" ~Mark Twain~
Home to my wonderful, chicken-tolerant DH, 2 sweet Golden Retrievers, 2 Black Copper Marans, 4 Barred Rocks, 2 Americaunas, a BO named Princess Buttercup, a Welsummer, 1 light Brahma, a Buff Brahma, 1 Large Jersey Giant,
4 Cream Legbars and 2 Silverlaced Wyandottes (named Crowella de Ville).
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Never complain about growing old ... 'tis a privilege denied to many" ~Mark Twain~
Home to my wonderful, chicken-tolerant DH, 2 sweet Golden Retrievers, 2 Black Copper Marans, 4 Barred Rocks, 2 Americaunas, a BO named Princess Buttercup, a Welsummer, 1 light Brahma, a Buff Brahma, 1 Large Jersey Giant,
4 Cream Legbars and 2 Silverlaced Wyandottes (named Crowella de Ville).
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post #9 of 10
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Originally Posted by Anna_MN 

I will have 16 layers VERY soon and the chickens I have lay an egg a day, every day. Even if I get a dozen a day, that's A LOT of eggs for me and my family. I will have a wide variety of eggs- white, light brown, medium brown, dark brown, blue, pinkish. I will be feeding them cracked corn and flax along with organic hen feed so they will have nice dark yolks. I plan on selling most of them and I have a few questions-

1.) How much do you sell very large sized brown/white eggs?
I get $3.00 a dozen and my sizes are mixed in the carton

2.) Do you charge more for Maran or Auraucana eggs?
No I charge the same regardless of color but I give my customers a nice mix

3.) Where do you try to sell them?
I only sell them out of my house.  In Georgia to sell them anywhere else you need to be a certified candler and certified grader and have the facilities on site to do this.  After putting $1500 in a coop I wasn't putting anymore money in to "facilities" for chickens.  They are very specific on the rules.  Check the laws in you state to see if you can sell them anywhere other than your home.

4.) Is it necessary to wash eggs with a special "egg soap" if you plan on selling them?
I only wash the dirty ones and them I just use a paper towel dampened with water to clean them.

5.) How do you advertise your eggs and does advertising really work?
I only have 2-3 extra dozen to eat a week and I sell them by word of mouth.  I have one friend who buys 2 dozen every week from me. In the begining I would give away eggs in 6 packs and that is how I built my customer base.

6.) Is it a good idea to buy new cartons when selling to customers who are strangers instead of using re-used ones?
In the begining I bought new cartons.  My customers exchange them.  If they don't have my clear carton to exchang I charge them $1.00 which is the cost of the cartons I use.  BTW I buy my cartons from eggcartons.com


Edited by m_shuman - 12/6/11 at 3:52am
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post #10 of 10
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Originally Posted by Anna_MN 

1.) How much do you sell very large sized brown/white eggs?  2$ A DOZEN.

2.) Do you charge more for Maran or Auraucana eggs?  N/A

3.) Where do you try to sell them? SO FAR JUST WORK, CHURCH, FACEBOOK

4.) Is it necessary to wash eggs with a special "egg soap" if you plan on selling them?  NO. I WIPE THEM OFF IF THEY ARE DIRTY.

5.) How do you advertise your eggs and does advertising really work? NOT SURE. GOING TO TRY CL

6.) Is it a good idea to buy new cartons when selling to customers who are strangers instead of using re-used ones?


NO. I HAVE FAMILY SAVE THEIRS AND I USE THOSE.

Beth
Mama to 5 kids, 1 cat, 1 dog and 16 Chickens!
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