Small and backyard flock owners may find it worthwhile to sell surplus eggs directly to consumers, restaurants, specialty food stores and/or retailers. Whether your eggs are organic, free range, cruelty free, colored or simply ‘local’, demand is growing for niche market eggs.
Flock owners can distribute their eggs in two ways;
- Selling wholesale to retailers
- Selling retail, direct to consumers
Deciding what’s right you;
- Fact: Direct to consumer is best for those with smaller flocks
- Pro: Direct to consumer offers greater opportunity for maximum market price
- Con: Direct to consumer means one-to-one distribution
- Fact: Wholesale demands greater volume of eggs on a regular basis
- Pro: Wholesale means lower price per unit but higher volume of sales
- Con: Wholesale may require more paper-work and legal agreements
While backyard chicken operations do not need to be certified or eggs pasturized, there area a few things to keep in mind before you hang your shingle:
- The first step should be to contact your local agricultural board for quality assurance guidelines.
- Start with new egg cartons and do not to reuse them unless they are your own, others can transmit disease.
- Collect fresh eggs daily to keep your hens from going broody or trying to hatch the eggs.
- Get your Eggzy Flock Tools and set up your Egg Stand to message your friends when egg are available! ‘-)