We typically get 17-22 eggs each day from our chickens. Obviously, unless we were planning to eat eggs for every meal, everyday, we have extras. Quite a few extras actually. Although we do consume 1-2 dozens of eggs ourselves, weekly, we have to find a home for the rest of the eggs. What good is raising food if all you plan to do is waste it?
First and foremost we share our eggs with our families. We give eggs to our families whenever they need them. We supply 6 households within our families with fresh eggs.
Still though, we have a lot of eggs. I developed a system at work to sell the excess eggs. I have a sign up list at my desk at work. When people need eggs they sign up on the list and I bring in the eggs the next morning. The system works well. For $2 a dozen, the people I work with can purchase farm fresh eggs without having to make any special trips. I have consistently added customers through word of mouth. We’ve had rave reviews, something that encourages new employees to give them a try. After people try a dozen, they are typically hooked! ;) The fact that we help so many households eat locally is very rewarding!
All the money that we make selling eggs is stored away and saved for future chicken purposes. Right now we are saving up to build a new chicken coop. We would like to raise more chickens and hope to build a new coop that will house ~100 birds. Then we will have two coops to help raise new chicks and future meat birds. Exciting stuff!!
Where do you buy your eggs?