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How much to sell eggs for???

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by paramedicpuddin, Jan 25, 2016.

  1. paramedicpuddin

    paramedicpuddin Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello, I am Aaron. I was wondering how much you sold your eggs for. I have white and brown layers. I get about 22 eggs daily. My hens are with 2 roos. I sell them for 3.00 a dozen. My flock is free range, I do give them some grain daily, about a cup of corn as a treat, and veggies.
    At the stores, they are 4.00-6.00 a dozen.
    I was thinking with all I put out in feed and the building materials that I built the coop for, that maybe I should charge a little more to make a little on them. Thank you!
     
  2. Birdrain92

    Birdrain92 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome to BYC! Glad you joined the flock! It depends on your market area. For example, I sell my eggs at $2.50. Store prices have a huge gap between one really crappy egg and another crappy organic egg. Their prices are $1.89 and for the organic $6.52. If I wanted to since I know my eggs can match and exceed both quality and name as the organic eggs I could in theory charge $7.00. Why I don't do that, because my market would be nothing. Sometimes you can just put your hook in the water and see if there are any bitters or if they're going to swim away. Just test the water and see what the equilibrium is.
     
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  3. NickyKnack

    NickyKnack Love is Silkie soft! Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC and the coop! There's a lot of great peeps here! Feel free to ask lots of questions. But most of all, make yourself at home. I'm so glad you decided to joined the BYC family. I look forward to seeing you around BYC. X2 on Birdrain92. I'd also say, go to farmers markets and see what they are getting in your area for a dozen eggs. Good luck with your endeavors. :)
     
  4. dekel18042

    dekel18042 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] You'll find there is variety in what people sell their eggs for, Part of pricing is your location and what eggs are selling for in your area. Yes, backyard chickens free ranging on pasture lay superior eggs to what is found in the supermarket including the age of the eggs people can purchase The backyard chickens' eggs are probably a lot fresher than what is found in the supermarket and most people appreciate that, but if you start pricing them too high, demand will fall off. After all, either customers usually either need to stop and pick up your eggs or you need to deliver so the supermarket is more convenient.
    I figure if my family gets "free" eggs and I can offset the cost of my feed, I'm happy. That is my preference rather than purchasing less expensive less nutritious food.
     
  5. N F C

    N F C Home in WY Premium Member

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    Egg prices charged at a grocery store cover a lot more than just the cost of the chicken and it's feed. Stores have their expenses to cover (transportation, employees, utilities, taxes, etc.) and the commercial places they are getting the eggs from have their expenses (chickens, feed, housing, employees, etc.). And they all have to make a profit to stay in business.

    Take a look around at what other individuals are charging for their eggs, that will be a better indicator of what you can charge vs. what they are selling from at the store.
     
  6. BantamFan4Life

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  7. KeyFlock

    KeyFlock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi Aaron. [​IMG] I'm glad you joined us!!
     
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Grocery eggs have been running 2.50 to $ 3.50 more for organic or brown eggs etc. However the last three weeks - a few of our grocery stores have been offering a dozen large eggs for 77 cents and up to 99 cents. Maybe they are supposed to be loss leaders because otherwise the grocery prices are way over the moon. I know it's too early for the Easter egg price drop .
     
  9. shortgrass

    shortgrass Overrun With Chickens

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    I charge family $2.50 a dozen, and non family $3.50 a dozen.

    They're organic, free range, and currently getting extra omegas, since I'm expecting and eggs are my main source of protein ;)

    So, I could easily charge $5.00 a dozen, but to be honest, nobody around here really cares that they're organic or have extra omegas... Well, that's not fair, they probably do, but I don't advertise them, it goes by word of mouth on how delicious they are lol ;)

    When I figure the cost of upkeep, coops, feed, cases of cartons, and a used fridge to keep them in for summer, I should charge $5 per egg lol, but I can't include those costs in the eggs; that was just a "hobby" incurred expense :p

    BTW, I'm in Colorado, in case it makes a difference... Prices can vary by region.

    Edit to add, our local health food store charges $5.00 a dozen for local organic eggs, and my neighbor charges $2.50 a dozen for his and they're not organic, but still free range. That's what I went by when I priced mine; local needs and demand.
     
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