Selling Bobwhite eggs for eating?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by grouse, May 21, 2011.

  1. grouse

    grouse In the Brooder

    Mar 29, 2010
    i've got 22 one-year-old Bobwhites, 10 of which are hens, and typically collect between 5 and 9 eggs a day from them. this is my first year raising them and I've been thinking about selling their eggs locally (for eating) but there are a few things I need to know first. In particular there's a store nearby that sells only local food and crafts and they've expressed interest in stocking my Bobwhite eggs to see how they sell. I've got a bunch of quail egg cartons that hold a dozen eggs each and have labels on top and I've got a sign made up as well to appeal to the type of customers that shop there so I'm all set to start selling, but there are 3 things I'd like to know before I begin.

    First, do I need any type of license, permit, certification etc in order to sell these eggs as food at a local store like this? I've got a propagation permit for raising the quail but it doesn't say anything about selling their eggs, either as food or otherwise.
    Second, how long are the eggs good for before going rotten? I mark each of the cartons with the day(s) they were collected so I know how old the eggs are and I've got a space on the label to write in a "Sell By" date but Im not sure what dates to write since I don't know how long they typically stay fresh and edible for. (They'll be kept in a refrigerator at the store btw)
    Finally, how much should I sell them for? I'll be selling them by the dozen so I need a price sticker for each carton of 12. I occasionally informally sell my chicken eggs (also for eating) for $2.00 a dozen to people in the area who are interested but I don't know what to price the quail eggs at. They're obviously much smaller than chicken eggs but also much less common. The store is an organic/local type place with a lot of specialty items so they can get away with higher prices than other generic grocery stores and as far as I know these would be the only quail eggs being sold like this in the town or anywhere else within at least an hour's drive of here. Plus they come in their own individually labeled cartons so I'd think people would pay more for them given those factors, but I could be wrong.

    any tips or advice would be much appreciated!

  2. aprophet

    aprophet Songster

    Jan 12, 2010
    chesapeake Va.
    coturnix eggs here sell at a local farmer market $5/10eggs I sell my bob hatching eggs locally for $1/egg or $10/dz my coturnix hatching eggs I get $4/dz. You are going to need to check with your fish and wildlife people where you are and check with whoever regulates poultry in the state you live in normally your state vet sometimes a county extension agent can help you
  3. grouse

    grouse In the Brooder

    Mar 29, 2010
    Quote:Thanks for the info, I'll check with the fish & game department tomorrow to see what they have to say about it. Just wondering, typically when eggs are being sold at a store or farmer's market for eating rather than for hatching does that make the price go up, down or stay the same?
  4. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Crowing

    Mar 2, 2009
    Eating Eggs Sell Cheaper In Most Parts Than Hatching Eggs

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