A guide on marketing your surplus eggs and how increase sales of your surplus eggs by John Harrison
This article follows on from Selling Your Eggs at the Farm Gate
If, like many ‘backyard chicken keepers’ you get hooked and decide to have a few more hens, the surplus eggs can start to become a real problem. 10 hens could be producing 2,500 or more eggs a year. Since they lay less in the winter, this means some summer weeks you’ll be looking at nearly 6 dozen eggs.
Put Up a Sign – Marketing Your Surplus Eggs
When marketing your surplus eggs the first you need to do is put a sign up. Make the sign large enough to be easily read from the road and make sure it’s positioned so it can be easily seen. Remember a car may be doing 30mph so it needs to be large enough to be read in the time it whizzes by. Not a bill board though!
If you find sign painting daunting, print your sign on paper using your computer, then cover with cling film or laminate to stop it washing away in a shower. Keep it simple – ‘Eggs For Sale’ says it all.
Let the Customer Know What to Do to Buy Your Eggs
In smaller letters you should put a smaller message like ‘Just Knock on the Door’ or ‘House up the Path, Just Knock on the Door’. Many people are reticent to just walk up a private drive and knock. I know it seems a bit unnecessary but trust me, it tells people they are welcome.
Eggs in Stock or Not? Let them Know
Another good tip is to have a second sign under the top one which is on hooks and can be changed saying “Eggs in Stock” or “Sorry Sold Out Today” This actually does two things, it tells them they are not wasting their time coming up your drive or if they see ‘sold out’ it tells them your eggs are really fresh.
Be Careful About Claims Over Your Eggs
Avoid using descriptive terms like ‘organic eggs’ or ‘free range eggs’. These are legal terms and you may need to prove your status legally. If someone asks, offer to show them your hens. Once they see your hens and you explain why you hate battery keeping you will have a customer for life.
Generating customers for your eggs.
If the sign doesn’t raise enough interest to move your surplus eggs, perhaps you’re out of the way and off the beaten track, you’ll need to build up a customer base.
The best method is word of mouth. If you’ve a load of eggs over and you’re not going to be able to sell them – give some away. If someone buys a dozen eggs, give them an extra half dozen and tell them to tell their friends.
Worth Advertising Your Eggs?
Advertising is pretty pointless and certainly not cost effective for someone selling a few eggs from home but a few leaflets in the locality will help if you’ve some volume to move. If you’re hard to find, then a little map can work wonders, along with a phone number if they get lost.
Further Articles All About Eggs
- Araucana Egg Shell Colour & Genetics
- Build Your Own Artificial Lighting System for Winter Egg Production
- Changing Egg Yolk Colour with Feeding
- Double Yolk Eggs – What Causes Double Yolk Eggs?
- Egg Shell Colour Chart by Breed of Hen
- Egg Structure – The Structure of an Egg
- Eggs from Different Species
- Know Your Eggs? – Egg Descriptions Explained
- Marketing Your Surplus Eggs – How to Sell Your Eggs
- Nutritional Value of Eggs – Are Free Range Eggs Better for You?
- Pale Eggs – Egg Shell Colour
- Problems With Eggs – Yolks & Whites
- Saving Money – Economics of Home Produced Eggs
- Selling Your Surplus Eggs at Markets
- Selling Your Surplus Eggs from Home – Farm Gate Egg Sales
- Thin Eggshells – Causes & Cures
- What to do with Surplus Eggs? How to Store Eggs