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    How to Sell Chicken Eggs

    ArticlePoultry AdviceMonday 07 February 2011
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    When thinking about chickens for sale many people find themselves with surplus chicken eggs. In this guide, find out more information if you are looking to sell eggs on a small scale, rather than commercially.

    Quality of Chicken Eggs

    When you sell eggs they must be clean, but not washed. Generally, people buying your farm eggs will not be bothered about dirt on them.

    The shells of the eggs should not be cracked or damaged in any way. Cracked eggs have a weakened protection against harmful microbes and should not be sold. You can use them yourselves as long as they are used within a couple of days.

    Ungraded Eggs (Not Sized)

    When selling chicken eggs on a small scale they cannot be split into sizes or quality grades. People may like varying sizes of their chicken eggs.

    Freshness

    To comply with the law you must display a “Best Before Date” when you sell eggs. Chicken eggs are usually good for four weeks after they’ve been laid so it is best to set the date for 3 weeks time so that you are well within the legal time just in case.

    Rules

    Whether they are graded or not, all eggs from chickens for sale have to be stamped with a producer code. Applications to DEFRA Egg Marketing Inspectorate will sort this out.

    Eggs have to be sold in new boxes and should never be sold in re-used boxes. Customers are allowed to use their own containers if they so wish. 

    Eggs cannot be sold to catering establishments as this is against the law.
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