What do you charge for a dozen?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by agirly4chicks, Feb 23, 2009.

  1. agirly4chicks

    agirly4chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 16, 2009
    Hamilton, Georgia USA
    I am wondering if I should charge family and friends for eggs? I am thinking yes because we are having to feed and water them, but my husband says no we aren't charging family and friends. We have 10 chicks right now and I guess until we really know how much it will cost to feed and water them he won't know the true expense for chickens. Also, I don't think we will be eating all to many of the eggs ourselves. That is not why we got them. The last time we had eggs in the fridge was about 2 months ago. We just don't use them.

    What do you think? Do you charge? What is your price?
  2. Acre of Blessings

    Acre of Blessings Canning/Sewing Addict

    Apr 3, 2008
    Axton, VA
    We charge $2.00 a dozen. This way we can use the egg money to buy the feed so that we get free eggs.

    Why don't you eat the eggs?
  3. CovenantCreek

    CovenantCreek Chicks Rule!

    Oct 19, 2007
    Franklin, TN
    I charge $3 for mine -- which seems pretty reasonable for hand-collected eggs from cage-free, free-range, grass-fed hens that are also provided an all-you-can-eat buffet of organic layer mash, fish meal, and flax seed and other supplements to keep them in great health and increase the nutrient value of the eggs. [​IMG]

    If you got the chicks for your own pleasure and enjoyment, then it really doesn't matter if you sell the eggs or not -- the expense to keep them would be the same if there were no eggs. Selling eggs does help offset the cost of feed, so it isn't unreasonable to ask others to pay. If your husband doesn't like the idea of taking money from friends and family, then put a sign at the end of your driveway and only charge for the eggs sold to strangers.

    As far as not eating that many eggs yourselves, that will probably change. I used to only keep eggs around for baking, now I eat at least one a day. Eggs are much better for you than a lot of so-called studies have indicated. Especially when those eggs are coming from hens that get out in the sunshine and eat more natural food sources (even if you keep them penned they'll be eating better than the factory hens). They also taste a lot better than anything you've experienced from a grocery store.

    And chickens are addictive. The ten you have won't be enough for long...... [​IMG]
    Last edited: Feb 23, 2009
  4. 98 gt

    98 gt a man of many... chickens

    Jan 14, 2009
    Marshville NC
    I charge $3.00 as well sometimes 3.50 if they want mostly EE eggs only because there is a demand... But people here are happy to pay 3 dollars. Family included. My sisters inlaws want 8 dozen eggs, and when in quantities that high, I will definately give price breaks...
  5. redoak

    redoak Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 27, 2008
    Russia, NY
    We sell farmer's pledge organic eggs for $3.00 a dozen.
  6. freshegg

    freshegg Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 15, 2008
    2.00 here to off set feed but dont charge family and friends but only offer to them when I have too many.
  7. Indiana hens

    Indiana hens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 25, 2008
    Pendleton, Indiana
    I think you should eat more eggs! Egg custard, egg salad, fried egg, boiled egg, poached egg, egg noodles, egg omelette, french toast.....etc.! Around here $2-$4. I also just give them to family,friends, college kids, and neighbors. Oh, and nice people that come to purchase pullets and hens!!!!
  8. agirly4chicks

    agirly4chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 16, 2009
    Hamilton, Georgia USA
    Thank you all so much. I can't wait. I think I will write your prices on a sheet of paper and tear them up and put them in a hat and whichever one I pull out will be the price.

    Thank you for all you help,

  9. Nemo

    Nemo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 22, 2008
    N'rn Wisconsin
    Quote:Made me think of Bubba in Forrest Gump... "Anyway, like I was sayin', shrimp is the fruit of the sea. You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, saute it. Dey's uh, shrimp-kabobs, shrimp creole, shrimp gumbo. Pan fried, deep fried, stir-fried. There's pineapple shrimp, lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp, shrimp soup, shrimp stew, shrimp salad, shrimp and potatoes, shrimp burger, shrimp sandwich."
  10. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Mar 25, 2008
    I get $2.50 a dozen and yes, I do charge family and friends. My family actually insists they pay me for them, which is a nice thing. [​IMG]

    Once your chicks grow into chickens and start consuming a 50# bag of feed every 2 wks. that costs you $13 or more a bag, your husband might be singing a different tune. Chickens are not cheep if you keep them correctly. Me charging for my eggs, just helps to offset the cost of me keeping them. I personally don't think I should be paying to feed them so they can feed everyone else. If people don't like me charging them for eggs, then they can go to the grocery store and get the old, nasty, antibiotic fed eggs that are on the shelf. Just my opinion. [​IMG]

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