How much do you sell your duck eggs?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by kuntrygirl, Aug 7, 2009.

  1. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

    Feb 20, 2008
    Opelousas, Louisiana
    I have someone who wants to buy some of my duck eggs to eat but I do not know what to sell them for. I have only sold chicken eggs. I know that duck eggs are sold for more than what chicken eggs are sold for. Is there anyone sho sells their eggs to people for eating purposes? If so, how much do you sell them for?
  2. ExpLo721

    ExpLo721 In the Brooder

    May 30, 2009
    This information could be very helpful to me since I have 2 runners, which are notorious for their laying ability. Money $$$ Muahahahah
  3. Smartie_Pants

    Smartie_Pants Songster

    Oct 5, 2008
    Madisonville, KY
    Its pretty rare for someone to buy duck eggs for eating(or at least it is where I live), so I wouldn't charge her too much. I'd say 3.00 a dozen would be good.
  4. hikerchick

    hikerchick Songster

    Apr 6, 2009
    Dover, PA
    Quote:That is what I get in South Central PA,
  5. TK Poultry

    TK Poultry Songster

    May 25, 2009
    Greencastle, Indiana
  6. Kansaseq

    Kansaseq Prairie Wolf Farm Asylum

    Feb 12, 2009
    NE Kansas
    I would say at least $1.50 more per dozen than you charge for your chicken eggs.
  7. iamcuriositycat

    iamcuriositycat Songster

    Jul 30, 2009
    Charlotte, NC
    I think it depends A LOT on where you are located. At the Asian markets here in Charlotte, NC, duck eggs sell for $1 EACH (yes, that's $12 a dozen). However, I would never expect to get that much just through advertising on craigslist or something--the Asian markets are selling to a demographic that is accustomed to duck eggs and also that knows they are hard to find in our chicken-egg-centric country.

    I have advertised on craigslist, with no interest, for $5 a dozen. I know chicken eggs sell very well at $2 a dozen, and I have had many requests to purchase my duck eggs, but I have never come to a price I feel comfortable asking of my friends and acquaintances. So I have no idea how much I could get for them. Once my flock is re-built (I've had some casualties lately and am down to two hens, which is barely enough to keep my family supplied), I may get back to trying to sell, and I think I'm going to try them at $3 a dozen to begin with.

    So, anyway, that's not really helpful, is it? :p Basically, I would just pick a price, maybe based on the price of organic eggs at the grocery store, and try it for a while. If you don't get a lot of interest, lower your price. I once received the very good advice that it is easier to lower your price than it is to raise it, so start high and work your way down.

    If there are Asian markets in your area, you might see if they are interested in buying your eggs. Or advertise on bulletin boards in areas that cater to Asian immigrants. Alternately, start marketing your eggs by taking devilled duck eggs to picnics and potlucks, and then sell them to your friends and acquaintances who are now hooked. [​IMG] If you do it that way, you can ask them how much they expect to pay for a dozen eggs, and that will give you an idea on pricing too.

    One other option that I've had excellent luck with is barter. When my flock was in better condition, I traded for home-baked bread, farm-fresh milk, and other items. I got a better "exchange rate" doing it that way (after all, a gallon of high quality milk is easily $5--much more than I can get for a dozen eggs; likewise a large loaf of high quality bread), and it was very satisfying. Another advantage of this approach is that people who are already raising some of their own food are usually more willing to try something non-mainstream, and also more appreciative of what goes into producing real food. So it's gratifying in that way too.

    Anyway, good luck with it, and have fun. That's what it's all about.
  8. goosedragon

    goosedragon Songster

    Mar 28, 2009
    Central NC
    Here in central NC we probably have a greater percentage of Asian population than in Charlotte, NC (near Fort Bragg, a lot of serviceman come home with Asian wives) but I suspect we have more duck egg producers selling in the markets, some of them have been doing so for 2 generations. Price flutters around $6/doz depending to the supply. This is in the farmer markets, they may be resold in the Asian stores for much more, many hard to find items are.
    Friends are trying to sell in the Research Triangle area markets, these Asians are much more educated usually with a PhD in the family and have jobs in the high tech labs and education. They have the money but not the family tradition of using duck eggs. getting around $8/doz on low volume at farmer's markets (weekends) where the Bragg markets are more active on week days. Hope this was some help but if you don't have an Asian population you have to sell harder to get people to even try duck eggs.
  9. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

    Feb 20, 2008
    Opelousas, Louisiana
    I live in a small city in South Louisiana and I don't think duck eggs are as popular as chicken eggs. Well maybe because I did not know anyone who was interested until now. There was an Asian man that asked me about my ducks and duck eggs. I told him that I do have duck eggs and that I would sell him what he needed. Unforuntately, I wasn't able to give him a price. He told me to let him know the price. I sell my chicken eggs for $1.50 here. Wal mart sells eggs for as low as $1.27, so I can't go any higher with the chicken eggs. I guess I could ask him what has be paid for his duck eggs in the past and go from there. I have heard that that Asian population enjoys duck eggs but I did not know any contacts until now. If I can get the ball rolling on sellingl duck eggs, I think this could be a good thing.
  10. shelleyb1969

    shelleyb1969 Star Bright Farm

    I was told by a lady who bought 2 black runners from me that duck eggs in her area (a suburb of Detroit) sell for $10/dozen [​IMG] . It definitely made me wanna re-think selling her my ducks! [​IMG] But I live in a remote small town, and I have difficulty selling my chicken eggs, so duck eggs definitely wouldn't sell. [​IMG] In fact, most folks out here probably don't realize that you can actually EAT a duck egg. [​IMG]

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