Who do you sell eggs to? (individuals, local stores, restaurants?)

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Sunshyne276, Aug 2, 2010.

  1. Sunshyne276

    Sunshyne276 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 10, 2010
    Richlands, Virginia
    I'm getting quite a few eggs now, and am thinking about starting to sell them. Or trying to, anyhow. lol
    So, I was curious... Where does everyone sells their eggs....if they sell them?

    Do you sell them to individuals? If so, do you get customers from a sign at the end of your yard?
    Advertise on Craigslist or some other website? An ad in the local paper? Or?

    Do you sell at Farmer's Markets, or set up a stand road side?

    Do you get customers by word of mouth - telling your friends and neighbors, and they spread the word?

    Do you have a local store that sells them on commission, or buys them from you?
    A local deli or restaurant, maybe?

    Just curious mostly. And, trying to get some ideas. lol

    How much do you usually get per dozen?
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    I sell to the police officers and firefighters that DH works with. I also sell to two neighbors.
    Because of the isolation of our farm and the fact that DH works nights, we decided against selling them to passersby. We don't like unknown individuals coming on the property.
    Last edited: Aug 2, 2010
  3. briteday

    briteday Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 16, 2008
    Northern NV
    Before you think about selling your eggs it's a good idea to check the local laws regarding the sale of eggs. Every jurisdiction seems to have specific laws mostly to prevent food poisoning. Since our laws and fees are far too complicated for me to sell at farmer's markets or otherwise "openly" I sell excess eggs to co-workers and neighbors. It has really been by word of mouth and there is always a list of people who would like to be on the weekly egg list, but...too many customers, not enough eggs.
  4. DaniLovesChickens

    DaniLovesChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 18, 2010
    We started selling to family and friends with no advertisement. Depending on your situation and how many eggs you have, this might be the way to go. [​IMG]
    As far as price, that really depends on where you live. We live in a small county in the middle of Michigan. A lot of people have their own chickens. There are also quite a few people that sell eggs. We ended up lowering our price. We also had a sign made and put at the end of our driveway, but we live on a busy road (we paid 5 dozen eggs for the sign [​IMG]).
    You also should check on the legal issues of selling eggs. Just in case!

    Good luck!
  5. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

    Mar 16, 2009
    onchiota NY
    word of mouth-I have a customer that gets 3 doz every 2 weeks like clockwork-I have 6 customers at work that buy every 2 weeks. I have 4 customers that work with Dh and My MIL has a corner store that sells lots of stuff and has a "Campers Corner" that sells food-I usually sell 2-5 doz a week in there. All egg orders are spread out in such a way that I always have enough for everyone-with a doz to spare for us! I have 12 girls that arent laying yet so Im hoping by late fall to have more:)
    Last edited: Aug 2, 2010
  6. calicokat

    calicokat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 2, 2009
    azalia, indiana
    I have a farm market just down the road and she doesn't want to sell eggs due to the hoops she'd have to jump through. So when folks ask about eggs, they just call me and see if I have any. I'll drive over and sell some if I do. Then I make sure the customer has my name and number for the future [​IMG]
  7. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    All my sales are word of mouth - I sell to people at work. Because we're HQ for a very large agency, my customer list has been growing. I give eggs to one co-worker because he's been SO helpful with some handy-man kinda tasks for my land-lady and me. I also give eggs to my land-lady (DUH!) for her having given me permission to get chickens.

    I tried to give eggs to my "best" neighbor across the back fence, but the lady of the house refuses to accept them for free. She pays the going rate for a dozen eggs every Sunday: $3.00.
  8. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    Word of mouth here. For someone that is interested, I give them a dozen free. [​IMG] Then they are hooked and start buying them. [​IMG]
  9. rubyrogue

    rubyrogue Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 8, 2010
    I sell at the farmers market but also have a sign at the end of my driveway. I sell a couple dozen every few weeks to ladies at my sons daycare. Word of mouth is awesome the eggs sell themselves. There are a few others that sell at market but I always sell out. I have pictures of my hens on my booth and tell everyone what they eat and how they are treated. I need more hens to keep up with demand........
  10. joedie

    joedie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 17, 2009
    SW Indiana
    Initially I sold them to coworkers but still had alot left and put a sign at the end of the driveway. Its legal here to sell from the farm without any licenses,etc. It took about 6 months of having the sign up but now have regular customers that stop by to the point that when I need eggs I have to go to the coop to get them. [​IMG]

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