How do you deal with people who "expect" free eggs?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by augustmomx2, Sep 2, 2009.

  1. augustmomx2

    augustmomx2 Songster

    Aug 31, 2008
    Central Indiana
    I currently have 10 girls whom are all laying [​IMG] Currently I give eggs to my neighbor, mom and my sil (who watches my kids). I have a friend/co-worker who I think its trying to score some free eggs! She mentioned it when I first received my chicks, how she couldn't wait for some eggs cuz her family goes thru over a dozen a week. Then the other day, she called me out of the blue to "offer" up some egg-cartons. Stating that the cartons were 18-count cuz they go thru sooooo many eggs [​IMG] Mind you, I work with her twice a week and she could have just brought them to me, if need be. I know she's going to ask me for eggs soon, I just feel it and I've known her long enough to predict her behavior. Also, she and her husband are both attorneys so I know its not a money thing, if it was, I certainly would give her some (as I have to other friends).

    So, if she asks, how should I deal? Would it be rude to say, "Sure I'll sell them to you for $3 a dozen" I have a bit of a short-temper and see myself getting irritated one day, after she "mentions" eggs again. What do you guys do?
    Last edited: Sep 2, 2009

  2. agnes_day

    agnes_day Songster

    Aug 29, 2008
    i would play dumb to her hints and before she gets another chance, go up to her and casually say "hey, i thought you would want to know that i am selling my eggs now, for 3 dollars a dozen if you are interested" or something like that.
  3. HorseFeathers

    HorseFeathers Frazzled

    Apr 2, 2008
    Southern Maine
    They're your chickens and your eggs and YOUR cost. I'd tell her that she can buy them if she wants them.
  4. TipsyDog

    TipsyDog Songster

    May 14, 2009
    Aregua, Paraguay
    I'd take her egg cartons and graciously offer her a dozen or 18 eggs with a smile.

    If you don't want the sell any then next time she "asked" I'd say you are always running short because the SIL and Mom use so many too, but you'll keep her in mind.

    If you wanted to sell her some then just ask for $ to cover feed costs. Most people will gladly pay for fresh eggs. It's about the quality of the product, not the price.
  5. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

    Mar 16, 2009
    onchiota NY
    just be honest and say that you are charging 3$ a dozen and youll give her a 50 cent discount everytime she returns the carton! Ask her if she would like an order of eggs once a week because you are getting alot of people asking to "buy" your eggs and make her feel like your giving her first priority in the sales. Shell go for it -if she doesnt she's rude!
  6. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

    Oct 2, 2008
    Smile and hand her a price list. Tell her she gets 50¢ off per dozen for giving you cartons [​IMG]
  7. Sillystunt

    Sillystunt Master of the Silly

    Jul 11, 2008
    Winter Haven, FL
    I would give her her first dozen free and then after that it's 3 bucks a dozen!

  8. HorseFeatherz NV

    HorseFeatherz NV Eggink Chickens

  9. farmin'chick

    farmin'chick Songster

    Apr 13, 2009
    Rocky Mount VA
    "Well, I normally get $... a dozen for my eggs. If you need some FREE eggs, I'll be glad to let you know if we have some eggs left over that we don't use ourselves or sell. And if you'd like to buy some, I'll give you a discount of ... for giving me your cartons! How does that sound? Shall I put you on my regular egg buyer list? You could probably expect a dozen every ..... days (weeks)(months)."
  10. Andi

    Andi Songster

    How about offering to purchase the cartons at ½ the going rate for 18 count new cartons so you start on a 'this isn't for free adventure I'm on'. Seeing she's on a hint dropping mission, feel free to just casually mention all the costs you spent investing in the chickens and their coop and run, as well as the feed.

    I guess I wouldn't recommend giving anything free to this person. She's in a profession that makes its money off of pushing the envelope until they get what they want. She's trained to not be overly concerned with the emotions of others. Business is business she'll understand. If she doesn't, she knows where the store is.

    Mine haven't started laying yet and I'm going through the same thing. Its sad when people think they can take advantage of you because you're nice.

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