How to sell more eggs.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by obsessedwchicks, Feb 25, 2013.

  1. obsessedwchicks

    obsessedwchicks Chirping

    Feb 12, 2013
    What are ways to sell more eggs or to sell eggs? What do y'al do to sell them and how much do you charge for them per dozen?
  2. SmallFlocker207

    SmallFlocker207 In the Brooder

    Jan 9, 2013
    i usually post an ad on craigslist and i charge 1.50$ a dozen. Remember, more inventory+cheaper prices=more sales.
  3. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    I just advertise mine by word of mouth at work. I charge $2/dozen.
  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    I have no idea how you folks are even breaking even! I refuse to lose money on my eggs, I'd rather feed them to the dogs/cats. Or, I gift them. But I won't under charge. Mine are $3dozen. I've only had one person decine to pay that price. Fine, go eat nasty store bought Nazi eggs!

    I put up fliers at work and church, that's about maxed me out! I see folks advertise on craigslist all the time, or pass signs on the side of the road. Word of mouth is the best!
  5. mfr4550

    mfr4550 In the Brooder

    Jun 17, 2012
    Ogden, Utah
    I never intended to break even and don't know if it's really possible. My intent is to attract people with comparable prices then educate on why backyard chickens are the best choice - humanitarian issues; health issues and decreased fosil fuels. I live in Utah and charge 1.75 per dozen. I've seen higher prices advertised but feel good about mine. I bring them to work and people buy them from me.
  6. I haven't checked prices at the farmer's market, but on craigslist around here they sell for $4 or $5 a dozen. Sounds overpriced to me, but maybe because they are all advertised as organic so the feed might cost more. I would think that $3 a dozen is equivalent to 25 cents per egg and sounds reasonable if you just want to sell some excess eggs. But if you want to sell more, then the price should be lower (maybe $2.50).

    Another approach is to give discounts for larger orders (e.g. $3 for first dozen and $2.50 for each additional dozen). Or set a price of $3 for a dozen and $4 for 18. Or start a frequent buyer's discount where the 10th one is free (this is really the same as a 10% discount but gets people to come back).

    I would start testing at the higher price and go from there. Of course if you are just looking to cover the cost of food and not make a profit or make up for startup costs, etc., then calculate it that way. Actually, that is a good place to start anyway. For instance, if a 50 lb bag of feed costs about $16, and 1 chicken eats 1.5 lbs per week and gives 6 eggs, then you are looking at about $1 per dozen (16/50*1.5*2 = 0.96). Factor in the fact that you might get 4 or 5 eggs instead of 6 and you can adjust it up to maybe $1.50. Make a spreadsheet and factor in anything you want to come up with a reasonable number.
  7. obsessedwchicks

    obsessedwchicks Chirping

    Feb 12, 2013
    Thanks for the advice! I know how much I'll need to sell to at least come a head on one bag of feed! HA.
  8. tadpole98

    tadpole98 Songster

    Mar 20, 2012
    my dad brings them to his office. 3.00 a dozen, sell out 25 dozen every week
  9. obsessedwchicks

    obsessedwchicks Chirping

    Feb 12, 2013
    Asked a couple facebook friends if they ever bought or had fresh eggs and tomorrow I have 14 of my 18 dozen sold! Crazy crazy crazy!
  10. AlienChick

    AlienChick Songster

    Apr 9, 2010
    Glasgow, KY
    Egg prices vary depending on location.
    Believe me, I know!
    I used to live in CA and paid for over-priced everything!
    Where I live now, folks probably wouldn't pay more than $1.50 for a dozen eggs.
    AND I've noticed that they prefer white eggs here whereas in CA the brown eggs sold better.
    As a matter of fact, the grocery stores here ONLY sell white eggs.

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