Find out the price of eggs locally.What you are offering is free-range at a minimum, so compare like with like. If youĂ˘€™re going one step further and raising the chickens in an organic garden solely on organic food to create organic eggs, this will put the price up, but you need to make all these things clear and verify as required by any by-laws. Make your price cheaper than that of the shops. About $2.00 Ă˘€“ $2.50 for a dozen is good (this will vary on your location in the world). It may seem cheap, but if you want to make business, you have to make it worth it for your customers.
To price, donĂ˘€™t forget to include feed cost or else you end up making a loss. Find out how eggs are distributed in your area.Can you make use of the same distribution network or do you need to use other means? If the latter, what sort of ways do you intend to sell? It might be door-to-door, from your gate, through the internet, etc. Again, know the local laws with respect to the sales process.
- Try bakeries, local stores, cooperatives, supermarkets that like stocking local produce, etc.
- To advertise, simply tell your neighbors about your chickens. They will probably be quite willing to buy eggs from you.
- If all else fails, you can sell your eggs to your local butcher. Almost all butchers will sell eggs from locals.
Collect eggs daily. You should collect the eggs once a day and twice during summer or when itĂ˘€™s hot outside, this is to be sure you get the eggs fresh. Store the eggs properly, they can be stored without refrigeration for up to 4 to 5 days, provided itĂ˘€™s not hot.
Sell quickly. The sooner the eggs are out, the better and the fresher they are for the customer.