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bloomer

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smallholding/farm gate price for eggs
« on: February 21, 2011, 08:53:58 am »
how much do people reasonably charge for 6 home grown eggs

just starting to get to the point where the chooks are producing more than we consume by a substantial margin and looking to sell some on to help with the food bill.

checked supermarkets etc and they seem to be about 1.70 for free range eggs in medium/large.

was wondering what others charge round the country so i can get a feel for a reasonable pricing point...

chezlouise1980

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Re: smallholding/farm gate price for eggs
« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2011, 09:13:03 am »
My local farmer sells 6 eggs for 1.75 and they are always sold out quickly. We're in Ayrshire, Scotland

JulieS

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Re: smallholding/farm gate price for eggs
« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2011, 09:18:16 am »
I charge 1 for 6 here in Devon. 

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BlueDaisy

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Re: smallholding/farm gate price for eggs
« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2011, 09:25:34 am »
I charged 1 for 6 last year - but it's too cheap, it's just convenient change-wise.
But we only sell 1 or 2 or maybe 3 half dozens each week.
I think a price increase is definietly in order but I am trying to decide between 1.20 and 1.50

bloomer

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Re: smallholding/farm gate price for eggs
« Reply #4 on: February 21, 2011, 09:27:53 am »
i'll be interested to here more replys

based on my food bill i am thinking 1.50 for 6 eggs but wanted to see what other charged

its wet and miserable here at the minute so work was cancelled so i'm thinking about chickens again, oops.

Rosemary

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Re: smallholding/farm gate price for eggs
« Reply #5 on: February 21, 2011, 09:29:54 am »
1.50 per half dozen and can't keep up supply.

bloomer

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Re: smallholding/farm gate price for eggs
« Reply #6 on: February 21, 2011, 09:34:19 am »
part of my dilema about starting selling is not keeping up with demand as i don't want to expand my flock just now. currently we only have about 2doz spare a week so am only planning on starting with friends and family but still dont want to lose money on them.

production is going up by the week though so will have more soon :-)

meebh

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Re: smallholding/farm gate price for eggs
« Reply #7 on: February 21, 2011, 10:23:01 am »
we recently put ours up to 1.20 and it hasn't put people off. 

I do find you get lots of 5p pieces though......the lady in the school office must love Monday morning when my daughter goes in with her dinner money in 5p and 20p pieces  ;D

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faith0504

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Re: smallholding/farm gate price for eggs
« Reply #8 on: February 21, 2011, 10:39:41 am »
we charge 1 for half a dozen, white cloud bit of blue sky but a very cold wind here in moray this morning  :wave:

Rosemary

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Re: smallholding/farm gate price for eggs
« Reply #9 on: February 21, 2011, 10:54:25 am »
I've just done some projected figures on egg production, based on 250 eggs per hen per year and 25p per egg (1.50/ per half dozen). Let's just say it washes its face but it won't make me a fortune. If you cost in my time, I'd be working for less than nothing. At 1 a half dozen, I break even IF feed prices stay the same and I exclude my time.

I think we need to be careful to properly value what we produce and not undersell - one, it undervalues what we do and two, it makes life harder for small producers who are trying to make a living.

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Re: smallholding/farm gate price for eggs
« Reply #10 on: February 21, 2011, 10:59:01 am »
I've put mine up to 1 for half a dozen this year, but I lose all my customers over the winter cos of no eggs and it takes a while to build up again.   We're in the middle of nowhere and so no actual passing traffic, other than those locals who use it as a short cut  ::)....and all the farm traffic from either side.

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northfifeduckling

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Re: smallholding/farm gate price for eggs
« Reply #11 on: February 21, 2011, 11:17:48 am »
I just put my prices up to 1.20  :chook:and 1.60 :&> due to the hike in feed costs

Fleecewife

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Re: smallholding/farm gate price for eggs
« Reply #12 on: February 21, 2011, 11:19:57 am »
We have just put ours up from 1.20 for 6 to 1.40, for hen eggs and still 1 for 6 bantam eggs - that will go up to 1.20 once they are a bit bigger - have some just coming into lay with tiny eggs.  We are in south Scotland with some passing trade and some regulars who come quite a way  (for mixed colour eggs and because they can see the hens free ranging all over the place).  I try to keep at about the same price level as other free range farm-gate egg sellers locally.  I wish I had put the hen eggs up to 1.50 as I'm sure people have forgotten how much they were last year  ;D
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Snapper

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Re: smallholding/farm gate price for eggs
« Reply #13 on: February 21, 2011, 12:33:37 pm »
1.30 for 6 mixed 55g to 68g in weight. 1.60 for  6 large over 70g and 80p for small pullet and Bantam eggs. We also do mixed colours which means we're diffeernt round here, which I'm sure menas more eggs sold. I try to make sure that teach box has a least one white or blue egg  as well as various shades of brown.

It's cheaper than Free-Range in shops but we still get a few people not paying the correct amount.

We've someone who leaves 1 for 6 large on Monday lunchtimes. Younger son on look-out now while playing on x-box in front room. Got to make use of him during half-term!!

bloomer

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Re: smallholding/farm gate price for eggs
« Reply #14 on: February 21, 2011, 12:40:00 pm »
ok thats another good point

do people find honesty boxes work

not for where i am now but if i move it would be an option possibly!!!

 

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