*Can I sell eggs??*

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Tripp16, Sep 12, 2011.

  1. Tripp16

    Tripp16 Songster

    May 26, 2011
    North Carolina
    Hi everyone! Again! [​IMG]

    I have a quick question which may be a dumb one BUT, I have quite few cartons of eggs and have been thinking of selling them. What I want to know is it illegal for me to sell them without a permit/ license or be USDA approved??

    Also how much should I sell them for if I am allowed....

    BTW I live in the NC area. [​IMG]

  2. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

    Feb 20, 2008
    Opelousas, Louisiana
    I don't see why you can't sell your eggs. There are a lot of people who sell eggs and don't need a permit. The price depends on your area. Someone people can sell eggs as high as $5.00 a dozen while others sell for as little as $1.50 a dozen. Your area and popularity of fresh eggs will determine price.
  3. duckinnut

    duckinnut Songster

    Jul 18, 2010
    Marshfield, Ma.
    Every state,county,and towns all have different laws. If your really worried look into it. But just sell to friends and coworkers. If anybody asks your selling egg cartons and giving away eggs.[​IMG] Most laws prohibit you from selling to stores in general but varies depending where you are. Go ahead and sell away because you could ask 10 different officials in your state and get 12 different answers. Cross the bridge when its comes the time to.
    Last edited: Sep 12, 2011
  4. naakte

    naakte Songster

    Apr 10, 2011
    Branson, missouri
    check with your local state.
  5. Noymira

    Noymira Songster

    Mar 9, 2011
    Chittenden County, VT
    I think it really depends on the regulations in your area and the scale of your egg business. I plan on selling our excess, but to family, friends and co-workers. I'm not going to generate enough eggs or $ for anyone to come after me. I'm just hoping to recoup some feed costs more than anything!

    As to how much per dozen- that will depend on your market. If farm fresh eggs are plentiful in your area you might only get $2-$3 a dozen, if you are in a more urban area you might be able to get $5 a dozen. I'd ask around your area to see what people are used to paying. I'll be selling mine for $3 a dozen, but you can get fresh eggs at our farmer's markets and CSA's for $3-$5 a dozen easily.

  6. turtlewomyn

    turtlewomyn In the Brooder

    Aug 27, 2011
    Tallahassee, Florida
    I think it really depends on who you are selling them to and how many eggs. Many of our local small farms will sell their eggs labeled "For pet consumption only" (even though the humans buying them know and plan to eat them) if they are not following the rules. I have bought eggs from coworkers who had more than they needed. They charged a couple bucks a dozen, enough to cover their expenses and it seemed like the demand exceeded their supply (I always had to run quick to get my eggs on egg day). We did have a local coop grocery store get busted by USDA for selling local eggs recently, so I think it is a good idea to learn the rules and follow them.

    I did a google search and found this helpful link (in your state as well!):
  7. In Ohio at Farm Markets, they must be in a cooler. Then you make a sign that says Fresh Farm Eggs and when people ask how much, it is a $2.00 donation. We must be in a depressed area, most people are putting ads right after I post mine at $2.00 for $1.00 or $1.50.

    I refuse to sell for that lol!
  8. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

    Feb 20, 2008
    Opelousas, Louisiana
    Quote:I agree. [​IMG]
  9. Ole rooster

    Ole rooster Songster

    Jun 25, 2011
    Milner, Georgia
    Most everybody I know here in Georgia sells extra eggs, legal or not. But all you have to do to make it legal is go through a eggs grading class. That's just to be sure the consumer is getting what he's paying for. Just like selling firewood. You cannot sell a "truck load". It has to be sold by the cord, 1/2 cord or whatever. Protecting the consumer.

  10. NanaLantana

    NanaLantana Chirping

    Feb 7, 2011
    Lantana, Florida
    I don't ask officials - I ask the members of my Church family if they want free-range eggs, and they grab them up at $3.00 per dozen. They're so very happy to get them, too!
    My hens are paying for their own feed, and I get to enjoy them for free! What could be better than that! [​IMG]

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