Hi from The Cape Cod

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Robinlee123, Nov 22, 2015.

  1. Robinlee123

    Robinlee123 New Egg

    Nov 19, 2015
    Hi, we have always had a few chickens to feed the family and sell to some locals. I am seriously thinking about raising organic, free range eggs on a larger scale.
    Are there requirements to sell to restaurants, stores,neighbors and friends?
    I noticed the laying boxes are often lined with shavings instead of straw.
    What is the box/chicken ratio?
    Thank you for any feedback
  2. CherriesBrood

    CherriesBrood Chicken Photographer

    Hello and :welcome
    We are glad you joined us!
    No it is fine to sell eggs to your neighbors, but not anyone else without a permit, and there are a lot of rules and regulations to go through. If you really want to do it, you should look up your local laws and ordinances for selling eggs, every community is differnt for what it requires, but I wouldn't recommend doing it, it's personal to much work for me. :rolleyes: Hope this helps :)
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  3. Frindizzle

    Frindizzle Guitar Girl <3 Premium Member

    Welcome to BYC!
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  4. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC, Robin. Glad you decided to join our flock. The recommended ratio of nest boxes to hens is typically at least 1 nest box for every 5 hens. Pine shavings is an excellent bedding for nest boxes but it's probably best to avoid cedar shavings as at least according to some authorities they are toxic to chickens. If you haven't done so already, definitely check out our Learning Center at https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center. There is lots of useful information there. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Cheers.
    Last edited: Nov 23, 2015
  5. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and a warm welcome to BYC. Good luck with your plans!

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  6. Cynthia12

    Cynthia12 Always Grateful Premium Member

    Apr 11, 2010

    I sell to friends. That's how I get my feed, selling the eggs I don't use.

    Ration nest box..halve to chuckle. I have 6 nest boxes for 4 laying hens at a time, and only one..or two will be used. They share often. Little stinks. Many chicken owners find this to be true..there is always a favorite box!
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  7. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
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  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Glad you joined us at Backyard chickens [​IMG]
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  9. N F C

    N F C doo be doo be doo Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    Laws on selling eggs will vary from place to place, so you'll have to find out what they are in your area. @Cynthia12 is right about the girls having a favorite box or two...we have 4 boxes but the 9 chickens we currently have all seem to want to use the same 1.

    Thanks for joining us!
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  10. trailrider330

    trailrider330 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 4, 2013
    Midwest America
    Welcome to the BYC flock! We are glad you joined us!


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