Certifications to make my chicken eggs more appealing?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Eggwell, Jan 7, 2014.

  1. Eggwell

    Eggwell Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can anyone tell me if there are any kinds of certifications to make my chicken eggs more appealing?

    I am attempting to make my chicken lots very large so they can be happy free range chickens, with safety in mind from all the hawks that scope this area. I do what ever I can to make sure they are healthy by cleaning their coops on a regular basis, gather eggs daily, and giving spacious indoor nesting and roosting.

    With all that being said, is there certifications I could acquire to make my eggs more appealing to the health conscience consumer looking for good quality eggs?

    Thanks,

    Eggwell
     
  2. foreverlearning

    foreverlearning Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Organic, free range, and NPIP are all good. NPIP is really good if you choose to start selling fertilized/hatching eggs as well.
     
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  3. foreverlearning

    foreverlearning Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What state do you live in?
     
  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Personally, to me "certification" = "interference" lol. I don't want or need folks on my place, telling me what I need to be doing with my birds. Just advertise your birds as they are. Pastured is good, if it's appropriate with your situation. How clean you keep the coop really isn't a selling point, folks buying eggs want to know what the birds ate and if they're allowed to move around. Most folks here just say the eggs are from backyard hens, talk about what they eat, if they get to range at all, things like that. Those are your selling points.
     
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  5. Eggwell

    Eggwell Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I live in Spartanburg County of South Carolina.
     
  6. foreverlearning

    foreverlearning Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is who you contact for your state. They come to you and the fees are different in every state. Some states do it for free to keep poultry illness from spreading in their respective states where others charge for the testing.


    Dr. Julie D. Helm, Clemson University Livestock Poultry Health Division,
    P.O. Box 102406, Columbia 29224. Phone: (803)788-2260, FAX: (803)736-0885.
    E-mail: [email protected]

    I would call, if there is a fee they are usually small, my state is $15 a year for the flock.
     
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  7. Eggwell

    Eggwell Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow! Thank you so much. I will do just that. Clemson University is not far from here.
     

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