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Selling Your Farm-Fresh Eggs

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;

  1. Selling wholesale to retailers
  2. 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! ‘-)
5 Comments Post a comment
  1. fred #

    I would love to have a back yard hen house and sell eggs. where do you start? What would be the minimum number of hens you would need to have say a couple of dozen eggs a week?

    June 5, 2012
    • gaile #

      start at chicks, then raise them. build a closed pen with a chicken wire top and wood shavings on bottom keep them very warm when its cool, and clean it alot because they will stink. i recommend an easy to get to shed. Give them fresh food and tons of water everyday! when they become too large for your pen I raised 50 chicks through 4-H, we curretly have 25 something because of a dry, hot summer in AR. Its now winter and the 30 alone are laying 36 eggs daily. Winter is the time when youll get less eggs because of the cold. Hens lay less than or equal to 2 eggs daily. for adult hens, use a 50/50 blend of laying pellets and corn chops for feed. and your set. need anymore questions, i would recommended talking to your local co-op/farm store

      November 27, 2012
      • gaile #

        *when they get too large for your pen, place them in a large coop, with wooden roosting poles, and laying boxes, a way to get the water to them, and make an area thats closed in to let them run from about 3:30-7:00 everyday, then close them up n the coop for protection/warmth at night. for winter, for the chick pen and coop, you will need heat lamps at all times. for winter you might want to put straw in the boxes and on the whole closed in running area and on the ground inside the coop for extra warth to lay.

        November 27, 2012
      • Tabby #

        It is impossible for a chicken to lay more than one egg in a 24 hour period. Your very best layers, Rhode Island Reds, or White Leghorns lay about 6 a week in great weather conditions.

        March 8, 2014
  2. mayapan #

    Hello! Great to hear that you’re thinking of getting a flock of your own! Here’s a post that discusses the things to keep in mind of you want to start a flock of your own, good luck and keep us posted as to your progress:

    June 5, 2012

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