How long until they are no good?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by rmh0508, Dec 11, 2011.

  1. rmh0508

    rmh0508 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 14, 2011
    Engadine, MI
    I was just wondering how long eggs are good for once put in the refrigerator? I am going to start selling some at our local grocery store and I need to put a "Best By" date on them.....
  2. duckinnut

    duckinnut Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 18, 2010
    Marshfield, Ma.
    You might need to check with your state health dept on that. Most states require that the eggs be washed, graded and inspected. Varies greatly from state to state,county to county and town to town. Regular store eggs can be anywhere from weeks to months old.
    Last edited: Dec 11, 2011
  3. Junaleefarm

    Junaleefarm Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 21, 2011
    Crane, Mo
    Be very careful if you are selling your eggs at a local grocery store. Once you start selling retail and not just off the farm things change. You should do some serious research on labeling of food products. As far as the USDA is concerned you can not just label your products for retail sale as you see fit. You must follow their guidelines or you could be fined or have serious trouble. You will need to weigh your eggs, candle them, label them correctly as to the grade and size. Please be careful as you could set yourself up for a big problem in the future.
  4. BlazeJester

    BlazeJester Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 2, 2011
    Midway, GA
    Quote:You may also need a business license and should expect to pay taxes on your profits.
  5. rmh0508

    rmh0508 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 14, 2011
    Engadine, MI
    Well I guess that puts a stop to that idea. Thank you all for the replies and warnings. Sounds like a lot of trouble to sell the maybe 5 dozen a week. Thank you again, Marcy
  6. kgdubois

    kgdubois Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 26, 2011
    West Texas
    Quote:Marcy, I live in TX & looked into doing this also...waayyy too many regulations for me to deal with. So, instead, I got information on the local Farmer's Market and started selling my eggs there. I am lucky because I have several friends who also sell there, and when I am not able to make it I arrange to have one of them take what I have and sell it for me.

    I have also had many people ask me about providing them with a set egg order each week, and I either drop them off or the people come to my work and pick them up. If I deliver the eggs, I charge one dollar extra for gas. I charge $3.50 per dozen pick up/Farmer's Market price, and $4.50 if I deliver. Before my hens stopped laying for the winter, I was making enough off my egg sales to pay for all my chicken feed & scratch, with a little extra left over. I have a mixed flock of 16 hens, and was getting between 8 and 12 eggs per day.

    I hope this helps!

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