Selling chicken eggs is a unique twist to the classic lemonade stand.
With the urban backyard chicken coop becoming more and more popular, selling chicken eggs is a good way to recover the cost of maintaining chickens while teaching your kids about inventory, marketing, and customer service.
- Chickens – Search online for your local pet store that supplies baby chicks. They will usually post a schedule and which breeds will be available so you can choose which you want in your flock.
- Coop – Chicken coops vary greatly in size, style, and cost from ones you can purchase like the Advantek The Stilt House Rabbit Hutch (affiliate link), to the DIY chicken coop built to your own style like the one at TrevorMade.com.
- Food – Once established in a coop, backyard chickens are very easy and inexpensive to maintain. The cost of food is about the only expense, and chickens are one of the few pets that give back more than love.
- Miscellaneous – There are a few little items chickens need including a water and food dish, but don’t forget egg cartons or other packing material.
How to Begin Selling Chicken Eggs
It takes some time to start an egg business from scratch. Chickens don’t start laying eggs until around 5 to 6 months old. Do your research how to optimize egg laying, such as nest conditions, lighting, etc.
When you start to get a pretty consistent amount of eggs, there are a couple of ways to begin selling.
First, you can set up a stand in your yard and flag down passing traffic. To begin with, you might not get a lot, but when people start to know when are where you will be selling fresh organic eggs, they will start to come specifically for them.
Second, you can establish a subscription-based business. The key is to find customers who would like your eggs on a regular basis. It won’t take many to sell your eggs faster than your hens can lay them.
There are hundreds of breeds of chickens that are each unique and can create very cool looking eggs.
Make sure you check your local city and county codes to see if there are restrictions on owning chickens where you live.