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How much do you charge or pay for fresh chicken eggs?

 
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We currently charge $3 a dozen. Our chickens have uncertified organic feed and a few hours of free range time each night...except when there is snow on the ground. This is what we have to charge so that they pay for their and own feed and we still get more than enough eggs from our own use.
 
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We live a little south of St. Louis Missouri.  My best friend has a little farm where she and her daughter treat their 20 plus chickens like babies!  They feed only organic and the chickens run free and look like they have a fantastic life!  I pay $6 a dozen but that's because I know cage free organic eggs take a lot to produce.  The feed is crazy expensive even when she is able to feed what she's grown herself.  She always has to supplement with organic feed and she's very picky.  She basically charges whatever people can afford to pay.  My elderly mother only pays $3 a dozen (my friend would give the eggs to Mom but Mom refuses to NOT pay).  Anyway, these eggs are extra large and taste like NOTHING I can buy in the store.  I've paid over $6 a dozen for cage free/organic at the supermarket.  It's well worth the cost for me just to know I'm feeding my family the very best that I can find.  The way I look at it, I'm helping my friend to be able to keep doing what she's doing.  It's not cheap and it takes a lot of her time to make sure her little farm is running status quo.
 
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Here you can buy factory farm eggs for $.89 a dozen.  If you charge more than $1 a dozen for eggs, people won't normally buy them.  At the store, organic, cage free eggs are about $4-6 a dozen.
 
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We charge $5 a dozen for our eggs and my wife sells them to her coworkers, and there's more demand than supply. We feed a certified organic ration that costs 75 cents a pound. The hens have really just gotten into the swing of abundant regular laying since march to where we have enough eggs to sell that pays for the feed and have enough leftover for ourselves. During winter when our chickens aren't laying we pay $6-7 for a dozen organic eggs from local folks at the farmers market.
 
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We spend 15 dollars to get four dozen at a time. We could get one dozen from the same woman for 4 dollars. We tried duck eggs for comparison when we were first looking for pastured eggs and if we'd liked them better would have been spending 5 dollars a dozen for those.

We're pretty happy with getting this quality for this price. Everything from the thickness of the eggshells to the taste of the egg stands out as noticeably better than what I can pick up at work for cheap.

I suspect costs are kept down in my region because they can free range the birds for a large portion of the feed all year long. It does seem that most of the higher prices are from places with real winters.
 
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San Antonio, going for upwards of $7 here--3.50 lowest I recall seeing for retail. I can't possibly pay. This is just not reality for me.

I really struggle a lot with this: that us po-mofos who really really think the right things can't afford to do the right things, while some rich dude slaps down a bill for eggs he has no inention of cooking just to make his fridge look full.

Also (just this one more thing, and I promise I'll stop bitching), labeling on grocery store eggs has just gone off the deep end--with "natural" this and "cage free" ("free range? range-free?) no-this and no-that, "omega 3 fortified", "vegetarian-fed", "local" or "GoTexan" here in Texas--a label shared paradoxically by Turkish figs....they've just got me walking out of there with my shoes on my head.

I can't remember what the hell I thought was good anymore. And I RAISE chickens!
 
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In an effort to better price our eggs and considering expansion of egg layers . Have ya'll's pricing changed much? Do you calculate the  cost of producing eggs? or price the eggs according to market?
In Phoenix we sold a dz for 6$. Here in rural Western NC, there is much more competition. I'd like to get 5$dz. That's fairly reasonable considering quality eggs in the grocers can be $6dz.
What are your thoughts?
 
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well its time for breakfast
the Walmart superstore gets $5 dozen for eggs labeled organic free range- check the newest organic regulations as to what that really means, I've seen locally small farms that produce eggs selling for $2 dozen

if you have some reading time here's the real organic series of stories
https://www.realorganicproject.org/media-news-articles/

there was a very informative report done a few months ago by bbs/npr about how huge corporations have hijacked the organic food rules and regulations to dominate in sales
wish I could find a copy of the story I listened to on npr

sorry for my rant on organics
 
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All good. The Organic labeling is rather soft. We are not concerned with labeling our egg cartons. Our practices are permaculture/biodynamics.

I'm curious to how other smaller egg sellers price their eggs. We are looking into getting 50 laying hens that produce around 30 dz of eggs weekly. Those numbers will vary of course. I base these number from current regs with the USDA and NC. If we have 50 or less hens we can offer/sell our eggs as ungraded. Now each state/county may have different regulations. Check your area.

We will track most expenses, cost of chicks, feed, bedding and then layer feed once the hens are out on pasture.

Just curious what everyone else's numbers are looking like.
 
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I live in BC, I just increased my prices to $7/dozen for "beyond Organic". I sell out every week.
 
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I'm in a small town and I just match the organic grocery store at $4 per dozen.  Selling to friends so I'll probably only raise prices when the store does too...  
 
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Not in USA but here organic eggs in the supermarket are $4 for 10 we used to sell at $3 for 15 for organically fed free range but not certified.
 
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I recently paid $7 for a dozen large at a Farmers' Market in a touristy spot. I know that I can get them for $4 a dozen from a local CSA.

-CK
 
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Around here, i have seen eggs for as low as 5 buck a dozen and up to 8 bucks a dozen.
The thing about our island is all of the food comes from the same feed store located on the island.

So to me the variation in pricing comes from how they are fed and how they are raised.

Some people are feeding organic feed and some are not.
Some are raised in a pen which is never moved and they are fed garden surplus.
Some have a larger pen which isn't rotated at all.
Some are raised in chicken tractors, which are rotated.
Some are raised with joel salatin style pens which are moved daily.

We go for the joel salatin style pen which is moved daily along with feeding them soaked organic feed along with organic layer pellets. They have their chicken pasture which is rotated thru and they do not see the same area for 30 days. In the winter they get moved into a green house and are kept warm in a deep bedding of sawdust. smells nice.

Anyways all of this to say

We only charge 6 bucks a dozen because they eggs are paying for them selves at that price. We get to eat as many eggs as we want and are able to have them pay for themselves. Win win!
 
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I give mine away to a Not For Profit Organization.
 
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We get $7/dozen here(Organic, Soy-free, gluten free, pasture raised, basically the best you can get), I know there is a local couple getting $8.50/dozen for similar practices.
 
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Where about are you in NC? We live in Western NC and it seems eggs are going for about $4-5lb. We'd like to fetch a higher price since we pasture raise our hens organically.
 
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About halfway between Lincolnton and Gastonia, in Gaston County. We were selling them for $6/dozen at another market before we switched. The same eggs would go for $8-9/dozen in the stores and out this way you can't find them in local stores. I'd also recommend Reedy Fork Organic Farm for feed, out in Elon, they have pickups in western NC.
 
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Average cost of Eggs here is $4.42. That's an average of everything from the el-cheapo factory eggs to the local organic.
Check your local average here

Other prices in Whitehorse (Canada)
The price of 2 liters of Coca-Cola in Whitehorse is C$3.06
The price of 1 pair of men’s leather business shoes in Whitehorse is C$164
The price of Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) in Whitehorse is C$175
The price of 500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese in Whitehorse is C$11

The eggs I buy are about $7.50 per doz. Local organic. I can't raise them myself that cheaply, yet we are getting 6 laying hens in the Spring. For the entertainment!
 
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