HELP!! Trouble selling your eggs for eating not hatching???

Discussion in 'Buy Sell Auction - Archives' started by Farm Chic, Jul 23, 2009.

  1. Farm Chic

    Farm Chic In the Brooder

    Aug 21, 2008
    Davisburg, MI
    I have had many people tell me that they spend around $4 for a dozen organic free range eggs at the store and that they would love to buy my eggs! However, I haven't had any luck selling my eggs and I am asking only $2.50 a dozen! My eggs are delicious and those that have purchased in the past agree! What am I doing wrong? Do you think that the people get worried when they happened to get an egg that was fertilized? (I have roos) I collect the eggs everyday, make sure there is no poo or feathers on the eggs and date them (for rotation purposes). My eggs are light brown and some have the cool dots!

    I am in the southeastern part of Michigan (Oakland County area). I have about 6 dozen a week and that is not including the 6 bantam eggs I get weekly! I am at a loss. I thought for sure people would be all about having fresh free range eggs that they can get weekly. My little family of 3 can't eat that many! I do give a lot away to other family and friends, but still have too many!!

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!

  2. trilyn

    trilyn Songster

    Apr 13, 2009
    East Syracuse
    Have you posted an ad on craigslist? That's how I found my local egg sellers. I never would have known otherwise. Maybe you could even do a big sign by your driveway advertising your fresh eggs? Good Luck!
  3. aussieheelr

    aussieheelr Songster

    signs, craigslist, local classifieds and word of mouth. Good luck I haven
    t heard of someone having a hard time selling. I know over here we have an auction yard that sells livestock 3 days a week and there's a man that has regulars buy over 20 doz every Saturday only.
  4. LuvinMyPeeps

    LuvinMyPeeps Songster

    Aug 22, 2008
    Powhatan, VA 23139
    We have farmers markets in our area - perhaps try setting up a quaint little stand there to sell some on the weekend? Once they're hooked, you can build repeat customers. Perhaps you could raise your price slightly and see what happens - sometimes psychologically people think it's worth more if the price is higher. Once you set up, make sure you're using new egg cartons and have them labeled with a nice little sticker on them - make it look as 'fresh' as possible. I know you need to track the dates, but personally, inexperienced/new customers might rather see the egg not written on....

    keep in mind this is coming from someone that hasn't sold any eggs yet - I give them away for free...I still package them up pretty though. [​IMG]

    Good luck!
  5. horsejody

    horsejody Squeaky Wheel

    Feb 11, 2008
    Waterloo, Nebraska
    I bring them to work. There is a coffee can on top of the fridge in the break room that has "egg money" written on it. It's a small office so the honor system works. People take the eggs and leave money in the can.
  6. maran magpie

    maran magpie Chirping

    Nov 30, 2008
    See if you have a livestock auction in your area thats where I go to sell alot of my egg.
  7. LuvinMyPeeps

    LuvinMyPeeps Songster

    Aug 22, 2008
    Powhatan, VA 23139
    Quote:That's a great idea! How likely are they to donate? I don't mean to hijack the thread but quick question - I usually give them to DH's friends at work, but I don't want it to seem like I'm asking for money...would it be tacky to do so?
  8. Farm Chic

    Farm Chic In the Brooder

    Aug 21, 2008
    Davisburg, MI
    Thanks for all of the advice! I have been posting ads on craigslist since May!! I even took a photo of my birds and posted it. I have offered to give a tour. I have thought of the farmer's market, but in order for it to be worth it, I would need to sell more than just eggs! You have to pay a fee to sell at the farmers market, at least around here I do. I have several locals that are selling their eggs, do you think that maybe there is just too many offers?? Raising the price of eggs really help?? Has anyone had a complaint about their eggs that have been fertilized? Because people that buy eggs at the store don't have to worry about getting a fertilized egg which also means that they don't know what a fertilized egg looks like. Maybe my eggs are not that good and I am just kidding myself!!
  9. Rootball

    Rootball Songster

    May 17, 2009
    Western Colorado
    I doubt that anyone who is buying them cares that they are fertilized.

    Where I live there is a bakery that sells them and they cant keep enough in at $6 a dozen. maybe you could find a little deli/charcuterie/bakery that would sell some?
  10. nhnanna

    nhnanna Songster

    Jul 18, 2008
    The chicken coop
    Here we have day old bakery's that will buy as many as I can bring in.

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