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Old 11-12-2020, 08:11 AM   #1
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Default Selling Eggs How Much $$

We got chickens back in May, and my 2 older boys basically do all the work, as far as taking care of them. The laying is starting to ramp up, and I made a deal with them, that if they clean out the water'rs and kept them fed, and basically did what I told them to do when I told them to do it, that they could keep the $$ if we sold any eggs. I think we have 35 hens and I've kept over some roosters in separate pen if I want to hatch some chicks later on. So what's a dozen farm fresh eggs worth? $3-4. Also, do people who by fresh eggs want them refrigerated and washed, or do they want them unwashed and un-refrigerated. They do get dirty sometimes, but I just put in a new nest box with clean hay. Any suggestion opinions would be appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 11-12-2020, 08:16 AM   #2
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I prefer unwashed eggs so they don't need to be refrigerated. We buy from a family friend and that's how we receive them.
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Old 11-12-2020, 08:17 AM   #3
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I’ve seen anywhere from $2.00 to $4.00.
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Old 11-12-2020, 08:19 AM   #4
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Unwashed and unrefrigerated is how we get them.
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Old 11-12-2020, 08:27 AM   #5
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Don’t wash them just wipe them with paper towel. Sell them all day long for $4 a dozen. Not sure where you live but if you have people that live close have kids go ask or have them make flyers and tell them to share friends and family. It should be non problem at all to sell 12-15 dozen a week this way. Lots of folks will just automatic order. Go ahead and buy 250 cardboard egg crates- just use a sharpie and put the date on the carton when you fill the dozen.
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Old 11-12-2020, 08:28 AM   #6
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Man in my neck of the woods I can’t hardly give the eggs away.
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Old 11-12-2020, 08:29 AM   #7
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Might be a dumb question, how long will they remain edible if unwashed/unrefrigerated?
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Old 11-12-2020, 08:34 AM   #8
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I figured people would want them unwashed with the bloom on them, so they wouldn't have to refrigerate. I have a pretty big run, and when the weather gets wet, how do you keep muddy feet off the eggs.
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Old 11-12-2020, 08:35 AM   #9
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Man in my neck of the woods I canít hardly give the eggs away.
Same around me. We donít buy eggs often. Neighbor is always trying to give us eggs.
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Old 11-12-2020, 08:36 AM   #10
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I have one of those old antique galvanize laying boxes that has like 20 boxes all filled with hay.
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Old 11-12-2020, 08:39 AM   #11
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Might be a dumb question, how long will they remain edible if unwashed/unrefrigerated?
I've always heard 2-3 weeks then time to wash and refrigerate.
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Old 11-12-2020, 08:43 AM   #12
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The farmers market in Houston, $7/dozen
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Old 11-12-2020, 08:44 AM   #13
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I've always heard 2-3 weeks then time to wash and refrigerate.
Yeah if you think about it, a hen can lay a whole clutch of eggs in the heat of summer before she sets on them and hatches them all out, so they'll last awhile.
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Old 11-12-2020, 08:45 AM   #14
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The farmers market in Houston, $7/dozen
Well I just need to quit my job and start a chicken farm then

You know when your cooking an you accidentally drop an egg on the floor...bet that hurts a little more, when you pay $7/dozen.

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Old 11-12-2020, 08:56 AM   #15
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Guy I worked for would give every one eggs each week, handed them out every Thursday at the company meetings, weather we wanted them or not. Said he had a hard time finding people to buy them.
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Old 11-12-2020, 09:00 AM   #16
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Man in my neck of the woods I canít hardly give the eggs away.
here as well. We just give them away at work

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The farmers market in Houston,
$7/dozen
That guy is buying them for 3-4 and turnin his profit. But prolly best way to get rid of them really. Find a contact and sell 10dz at a time
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Old 11-12-2020, 09:05 AM   #17
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avg $3 a dozen around here
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Old 11-12-2020, 09:10 AM   #18
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Might be a dumb question, how long will they remain edible if unwashed/unrefrigerated?
A hen will lay for up to 14 days till the clutch is full and then start setting on those eggs and incubate them for 21 days. 4 weeks is easily with in she safe limits.
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Old 11-12-2020, 09:32 AM   #19
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I give mine away too. I have 16 hens so I can get overrun pretty quick. Iv kept eggs well over a month on the counter and ate them no problems.
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Old 11-12-2020, 09:53 AM   #20
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We were getting them unwashed for $3 a dozen. No help on how long they're good as we eat them pretty quick, but I'd bet we've eaten some that were 2-3 weeks old with no issue.
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Old 11-12-2020, 10:03 AM   #21
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Check your local Craigslist and see what people are listing them for.
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Old 11-12-2020, 10:05 AM   #22
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$3-4 around Paris
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Old 11-12-2020, 10:10 AM   #23
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$1.50 dozen here in Beeville. We get 2 dozen every other week & all he asks is that he gets the cartons back we he delivers the next order.
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Old 11-12-2020, 10:10 AM   #24
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I am in Round Rock, and they go for 3-4 dollars a dozen. Most of the folks around me that raise them have all of the eggs already sold so they are taking new customers.
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Old 11-12-2020, 10:49 AM   #25
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I sell unwashed for $2/dz provided I get a holder back. More if you want to keep the case. Price varies by person as some pay me $4-5 just because they pay that at store.


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Old 11-12-2020, 11:01 AM   #26
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We sell ours for $2.50/dz. But with 50+ hens we get overrun, last week we donated 50 dozen to a local senior citizen center.
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Old 11-12-2020, 11:07 AM   #27
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We have found that even at 4$ a dozen it's hard to sell eggs on a consistent basis. We have a mixed flock of rare breeds which gives a lot of different colors. Even then people seem to want free eggs as opposed to buying them. I know farmers markets can get up to 7$ a dozen..

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Old 11-12-2020, 11:12 AM   #28
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My daughter & her family sell their eggs for $2.25 a dozen. They never have any left over. We will donate some feed to the cause on occasion.

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Old 11-12-2020, 11:21 AM   #29
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I'd pay $4/doz and unwashed, unrefrigerated is fine with me.
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Old 11-12-2020, 11:23 AM   #30
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The challenge isn't demand. It's uneducated buyers. If everyone understood that an unwashed egg can sit on the counter for 3 weeks and still be viable, it would help a lot. Further, knowing the collection date and knowing that it is honest, is key.

I think the average person thinks that if they aren't refrigerated right away, they willl get food poisoning so they go to the store instead.

If you advertise... address the concerns in your ad. "Did you know that freshly laid eggs...". Organic raised... Free range... and so on.
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Old 11-12-2020, 11:55 AM   #31
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We don't sell our eggs either, but my wife's hens are getting old now so we only get 2-4 a day... before that tho we gave them to family and friends...
Regarding care, if you don't wash them you can keep them unrefrigerated for 3-4 weeks or even refrigerated as long as you don't wash them. All eggs should be washed before cracking/using.
There's a good quality check you can employ when using yard eggs. Since you should wash them first, use a bowl or sink of water deep enough for the egg to float in. Put the eggs in the water and if they float, throw them away. A real fresh egg will lay on the bottom sideways. An egg that's been sitting in a carton for days/weeks will stand upright in the water but if it is good it will not float. If it floats, don't eat it. If it's your own chickens, throw it back in the pen/run/coop. The chickens will gobble every bit of it down shell and all.
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