Member Name: Stephen Price Join Date: October 13, 2011 Egg Stand: “Home Girls” of Riverview, FL 33569
If you’ve ever been to our feedback page then you are sure to be familiar with Stephen. Hands down, he is our most active and vocal member, and we are all the better for his participation. Make sure to watch the video and read the full article, he’s an interesting person with a lot to say. Thanks for all your help Stephen!
Eggzy: Why do you use Eggzy? Home Girls: Basically I am kind of fanatical about record keeping and was searching for the best method of tracking my chickens and their performance. I found Eggzy through a Google search and liked the beta version that was being offered. I have made many suggestions for software improvements and much to my surprise most of them have been accepted and implemented. I also use Excel for some other data tracking. Ask me a question about my girls and between Eggzy and my Excel data I can answer most anything. Just don’t ask which girl laid which egg. LOL The marketing aspect of Eggzy was a plus and has proven to be the most beneficial part of the site.
Eggzy: Tell us something about yourself? Home Girls: I am retired from Lockheed Martin and currently teach “Armed Security Officers” (www.mysecuritylicense.com) here in Florida. Living on a 4 acre piece of land has allowed me to explore some less citified adventures. Along with the chickens, we are currently raising bees, rabbits and generally a nice garden. This year I failed at the garden. I guess I was concentrating too much on other endeavors and not nearly enough on tilling and planting the good earth. We will have a nice harvest of honey this fall though.
I have also been designing a new electronic system to help myself and others as they start and expand their own flocks. I hope to have a shippable product late this summer or early fall. I am sure that even if a flock owner does not obtain a device for themselves they will be able to easily see the advantages the system will provide. Keep an eye open for the initial release of my product right here on Eggzy.com.
We’ve added a ‘Favorite’ feature to Eggzy! With this new feature you will be able to collect and save egg stands to your account, enabling a system of short-cuts to access those saved flocks whenever you want without having to do a zip code search each time.
Favorites can be identified by a small icon of a badge (or ribbon). The icon is either grey or gold depending on the selection state; grey if unselected, and gold when selected.
The grey Favorite icon can be seen by all who visit the site but can only be selected (made gold) by logged in Eggzy members. The new Favorites feature exists in three places across the site so you can easily identify those flocks you buy from, sell to, or simply admire:
Welcome to February! Before you know it spring will be here and your flock will return to full egg-laying production. With that in mind, the team at Eggzy wanted to share some ideas for flock owners who want to grow their subscriber base. Some of the ideas listed here are suggestions made by other Eggzy users, while others are ideas based on usage patterns from site traffic and trends.
For our part, we will continue to seek promotional opportunities with national outlets, online and offline, in print and other forms of media. National coverage helps to drive interests across all Eggzy markets and it also brings new users looking for local eggs.
Now, for our top 10 suggestions to help flock owners who want to build an audience for their Eggzy egg stands:
Do a zip code search for your flock in the egg stands section of Eggzy. How does it look on the results page, does it stand out from other flocks? Do you have an avatar or just the generic gray outline?
Keep your egg stand current; post eggs regularly to indicate availability.
Write customer-friendly information about your flock in the flock description field. Let visitors know how your flock is kept, such as what they are fed (organic hails a premium price) and how they are housed, pastured raised or not.
Remember Eggzy’s tag line is ‘Know Your Food” – honesty and transparency helps to make connections and build trust with your subscribers.
Presentation is key, include photos of your flock and your eggs on your egg stand; people want to see the birds that make the eggs and the actual eggs themselves, so show your product! (See Dew Drop Farm and Poultry egg stand)
Link to your egg stand from your other online forums. Use Eggzy badges on your Facebook page, blogs and other websites to send people directly to your egg stand.
Use your egg stand QR code on egg labels or printed materials so that folks can easily scan and save flock info while on the go.
Whether you share, sell or barter, let people know when you have extra eggs . Send emails to subscribers or do what you can do to get the word out when eggs are available.
Promote your flock information locally; Eggzy is a national network of local flock owners. Use services such as Craigslist to promote your flock in your city/town/market. Individual flock owners can post egg stand information for free.
WHAT ELSE? As always, we want to hear from you, so please email us or post a comment with other good ideas we might have missed.
We got the chance to chat with David Becker of friendofthefarmer.com and had a great time discussing the basics of chicken farming, especially as it relates to those who live in urban areas and are just starting out. Check it out, the article is called Cluck to Pluck and it is featured in the Farmacology section of Real Eats magazine.