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Need info on selling eggs

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Hotwings, May 30, 2007.

  1. Hotwings

    Hotwings Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Freebie and I have been kicking around the idea of selling eggs at the farmers market. Her new pullets should be laying around late summer and early fall. Denise would like to start making alittle profit off her birds. What kind of things should she do to set up a booth? I mean should she post any info on farm eggs as opposed to store eggs. I know the whole organic thing is big now, I don't know if she can use that term as she doesn't use organic feed but they are free range chickens. She has bantam eggs too, is there a market for bantam eggs to people? She has started to collect cartons. Would samples of her eggs be a good idea, you know hard boiled eggs or deviled eggs? We would love any ideas you have. Thank you Mary aka Hotwings
     
  2. bayouchica

    bayouchica Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 23, 2007
    N.E. Louisiana
    Hi there Mary,
    I've been selling my eggs to a guy at a farmers market. That's cool yall can do it yourselves.
    Yall may want to check with the manager at the market to see what regulations there may be. Like here in Louisiana the only things that are required are they are stored at or below 45 degrees & there has be be a sign saying "not graded" meaning different size eggs. [​IMG]
    Anyways, yall might want to consider buying new cartons because of bacteria can get in the eggs.It's not required in La, just feel better having my name on them than some company's. I use recycled cartons from eggboxes.com , it was 45.00 for 200.
    Besides yall could print some really neat labels for them.Somebody on here I think puts their hens picture on the carton saying like some eggs brought to you by (hen's name), giving a more personal touch. I think it's a cool idea, I just need a new printer.
    I'd advertise the free range thing for sure. Maybe yall could have pics of your birds out ranging, might be a good selling point. Oh yeah samples would be good I think. [​IMG]
    Now I'm not sure about the banty eggs, there're so cute & tiny.
    Hope that helps ya out, yall take care,Miriam
     
  3. akyramoto

    akyramoto Chillin' With My Peeps

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    is that true that bacteria can get into the eggs from recycled cartons?? is there any safe way to sanitize them before putting my eggs in them??

    this is the first time I've heard of this.



    here is the label that I put on my egg cartons [​IMG]

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  4. bayouchica

    bayouchica Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 23, 2007
    N.E. Louisiana
    akyramoto, I read that somewhere on the EZ BYC board some time ago.I've tired searching over there & didn't find it.
    I'm not sure how to sanatize (sp?) them.
    Here's a link http://www.eggcartons.com/msg2.htm I know they're trying to get a sale, but it makes sense to me.When I get some more time I'll try to get more info. BTW nice label. [​IMG]
    Anyways good luck Hotwings & Freebie..I know yall are countin' the days till eggness. [​IMG]
    Miriam
     
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  5. mlheran

    mlheran Chillin' With My Peeps

    Also, you should look into the regulations of the farmer's market and the county you live in -there are often some hoops you need to jump through to sell eggs on property that isn't yours (that is, away from home). They won't let you use the term "organic" legally if you're not certified by the USDA as such -you can use "farm raised," "free range," and "cage free" however. [​IMG]

    I've been planning on starting the process for my chickens, and am going to have a label that says, "Who laid your eggs?" and then a list of my chickens with their names and egg characteristics -assuming of course that I will be able to tell their eggs apart! [​IMG]

    Good luck!
     
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  6. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Hotwings....I live in a very small town..and I mean very small...so I take my eggs to the locally owned hardware store. These eggs sell faster than I can bring them in. I am waiting on my youngens to lay...seems like same time your will....late August I think. I have several customers waiting already. We dont take money from customers other than the feed store. We "swap" They get eggs, I get chicken feed and they save cartons for me. I dip my cartons in a very weak solution of water and bleach. Hope this helps. And as stated, you might want to check locally, what restriction there might be for selling off of your property.
     
  7. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Since I only do small quantities, I bring them to the UW campus on monday and people show up and pick them up at a specified time. I do egg selling on a personal basis so I don't bother with any regulations. In WA state though, if you sell eggs directly off your property, there are no regulations. Selling them from another location is a different thing. You can check your state agricultural dept to see what rules you have.
     
  8. DuckLady

    DuckLady Administrator Staff Member

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    In Oregon, I can sell off my property with no regs. I can also personally sell my eggs at a farmers market. However, if I pimp them out, then they have to be inspected and all that. At least that is how I understood the tiny print convoluted regs I found.
    If I sell them off of my property, like a market, I add an "ungraded" sticker and my label has storage and cooking warnings.

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    I also have this poster I put up at feed stores with biz cards.
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  9. KatinAL

    KatinAL New Egg

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    Hi there. I do not sell my eggs but have a route on Saturdays that I deliver the eggs to older people who love them. I have heard that you should not wash your eggs but sometimes they need cleaning. What is the best way to clean them?
     
  10. fowlweatherfriends

    fowlweatherfriends Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi KatinAL,
    You can use very fine sandpaper to remove the dirt. IF you do wash the eggs, it removes the "bloom" and they will definitely have to be put in the fridge. If you wash them, make sure the water temp is warmer than the temp of the egg. If you wash in too cool of water, the egg will pull the bacteria into the pores.

    Best wishes!
     

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