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  • Egg Prices

    Just read in another thread someone selling their eggs for $5.

    Wow, I must be ripping myself off, as I only sell my free range eggs for $2 a dozen. Actually, I have never ask money for them. I just take whatever they hand me. $2 seems to be about it, even though they rave about the eggs.

    Since I do deworm my chickens I do not know if I can call them "organic" or not? What are the rules for calling them organic?
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  • #2
    Eggs from my local dairy--free range, organic, no corn or soy in the feed--are $6/dozen, IIRC.

    Eggs from Door to Door Organic, sourced from a local supplier, free range, antibiotic free, don't see an "organic" label on them, are $5/dozen.

    If you call them "organic" you have to be certified. Lots of paperwork and $$ to do that, from what I understand.


    • #3
      I was under the impression 'organic' was not using highly processed feed. We sell for $2.50 and ours eat laying crumbles with scratch grains, so not organic.


      • Original Poster

        Guess I am not organic either, as they do get 2 cups of layers crumbles a day, in with their sprouted grains, tossed veggies from the store, & free range pickings. They also get kelp, flax, blah, blah, blah...
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        • #5
          Ours are free range but not "organic". Like she said, lots of paperwork to be certified organic. We have flysprays, deworm the horses, none of that would let us be certified. Deworming the chix with most commercial preparations would be a definite no no.
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          • #6
            I sell mine for $3.50 a dozen...and at markets I ask for $3.75 and get it easily. Most pastured poultry folks around here are at $4.00 a dozen at least. I am not organic but my hens free range.

            I price mine just under the high range grocery store eggs like Eggland's best which are typically close to $4.00 a dozen. I know mine taste way way better than those anemic things and once someone has eaten them, they'll be back! I'm a "pusher" and get folks addicted to my eggs! ;-)

            Now if I did go organic, I'd have to price them closer to $5.00 a dozen. That feed is way more expensive. I wish I could...I truly do...but I can't justify that increase price nor cost when I don't think there is a real difference. My hens get a lot of natural foods and the mash is mainly fed in winter and as a backup in the coop when it's too hot for them to forage in summer.


            • #7
              Last I checked, free range, non-organic eggs were around $2.20 a dozen at Whole Foods. Regular eggs at Shoppers are probably around $1.40 or so.

              I see people listing farm eggs at $2 to $3/doz. on CL.
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              • #8
                Whole Foods Market sells "free range, Araucana (green)" eggs for $4.00 or more per...wait for it....half dozen.


                • #9
                  I buy eggs from a couple who apologized for raising the price from $1.75 to $2 and I told them I would be more than happy paying a lot more. Not only do I know where they came from (free-range chickens) but I can't eat a "store egg" anymore.


                  • #10
                    I wish we had more Organic / Free Range egg farms around here. My two sources are usually out but charge $3 per dozen - if that helps.


                    • #11
                      I get $4 / dozen for mine in the spring and summer, $5 / dozen in the fall winter. I bill them as free range, sort of pastured, happy chickens that eat mostly things they find and certified organic feed. I do worm, and I do feed kitchen scraps that may or may not be organic.

                      I've got more potential customers than I do eggs, so I must be doing something right.


                      • #12
                        And we have a Winner!
                        Or is that "weiner"?

                        In Chgo @ Whole Foods I've seen "freerange, organic" XL brown eggs for.........

                        $.69 EACH = $8.28/dozen

                        For that price they should include the chicken!

                        I have just 6 hens, so even when everyone is laying I give away a dozen to coworkers & friends just to avoid be overrun with eggage
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                        • #13
                          I sell mine, green/blue/brown/olive, for $1.50/dozen (all sizes mixed). My chickens are free range and do not get commercial layer feeds, but do get grain.

                          I know I'm way underpriced, but it doesn't really matter to me.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Bopper View Post
                            I was under the impression 'organic' was not using highly processed feed.
                            Not at all. A food can be processed - that's not what makes it organic or not. But to be truly organic, not only can the feeds not be processed with chemicals, you on the farm cannot use chemicals on your animals or your land. It may not be quite that black and white, but that's the gist of it.

                            Organic is not simply "natural". It's not the same as free range, not the same as grain-fed (or grain-free in terms of cattle). You could probably feed an inappropriate diet, from a longevity stand point, and still qualify for "organic" as long as the rest of it falls into place
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                            • #15
                              Criminey, I sell our free range eggs for 2.50/doz.

                              That is, when I think to do it.

                              We just dumped a full batch because I didn't have the time to hand them out and I HATE washing eggs. I tried to explain that the natural bloom was important, but people...*sigh* they just don't get it. I should get an egg washer, maybe I'd hate that less.


                              • #16
                                My eggs are advertised as: "Free-range brown eggs from happy, well-adjusted hens".

                                When asked specifically about diet, I tell them they get a high-quality commercial layer pellet (Layena from Purina..usually), veggies (scraps from kitchen), leftovers (anything that doesn't go into the compost or dog dishes) and anything they can catch and eat in nature (I don't tell them about the occasional "rodent").

                                Mine sell for $3/dozen, and I never have enough. However, I had to donate eggs to our local food bank one summer when all 12 were laying hard and fast--damn, that's a lot of eggs!!!
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                                • #17
                                  Egg prices and organic definition

                                  My husband and I are Certified Organic vegetable and grain farmers, certified by QCS in Florida. If we were to sell organic eggs, we would need to purchase certified organic feed. It would have this logo on the label: http://www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/getf...cct=nopgeninfo

                                  We feed our laying hens organic feed from Organic Unlimited in Atglen, Pennsylvania, which is the feed mill where we sell our grain. It's around $22 a bag.

                                  We used to sell organic eggs for $4.50/dozen. The math doesn't work out for the labor. When fencing, coop, feed, waterers, feeders, egg cartons, etc are all accounted for, we made a few cents a dozen. Once labor was added at $20/hr (this includes taxes and everthing else to make one a legal employee) it didn't pay.

                                  I think it's really cool how many small producers are contributing to our local economy. Think of how many folks on this board produce eggs and how many customers each has, it's really quite amazing the impact small producers are having on the market. What they are called doesn't really matter, as long as you're not using the term "organic" if you're not. Those of us who are organic spend considerable time and energy to educate customers and maintain our certification and we sometimes bristle a bit when it's misrepresented.
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                                  • #18
                                    I'm still only charging $1 a doz. from my free range happy hens. They lay beautiful brown eggs and I have way more customers than eggs.

                                    **must up my price
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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by ThisTooShallPass View Post
                                      Just read in another thread someone selling their eggs for $5.

                                      Wow, I must be ripping myself off, as I only sell my free range eggs for $2 a dozen. Actually, I have never ask money for them. I just take whatever they hand me. $2 seems to be about it, even though they rave about the eggs.

                                      Since I do deworm my chickens I do not know if I can call them "organic" or not? What are the rules for calling them organic?
                                      If you deworm or medicate your chickens in any way, you do know that you can't consume the eggs for a minimum of 14 days afterwards, don't you? Sure hope so.

                                      And you can't legally call your sale eggs "organic" unless you're government-certifed to do so, which means feeding only organic-certified feeds along with a bunch of other brouhaha stuff. You CAN, however, claim that you don't MEDICATE or TREAT your hens in any way with any commercial preparation (which, if you worm your hens, you obviously can't do).

                                      If I were you, I'd just go with the humane or free-range angle (if your birds do free-range) & skip the "organic" designation. It can be a thin line, but if someone calls you on it, in this litigious society we're in now, it could end up trouble.


                                      • #20
                                        I think it must depend on where you are. I advertised my extra free-range eggs for $2/dozen on craigslist and I didn't get any responses. However my co-workers were happy to take them for free and were mighty upset when a predator knocked out my egg production. I am in Arkansas, there is not a lot of education on food quality, but in Little Rock it is growing.