Beth Johnson wrote:Hello, All -
I don't intend for this to be a side business. I work from home and I'd probably sell the eggs for $2/half dozen. About 1/4 or the people here are below the poverty line, and I would like to offer healthful food. I might give them away...
Does anyone have any advice, cautions, want some free eggs?
Beth Johnson wrote:Thanks so much, John. Washington state allows the sale of poultry eggs from your flock on your property. If I were to try to sell them at a farmers market or to a restaurant, I would fall under the USDA's and Washington state's laws regarding inspection of my premises and the flock, etc. My town specifies how many ducks and chickens one may have based on the size of one's plat, not to exceed 20 animals. We cannot keep roosters or geese, but I haven't read a prohibition on keeping a peacock. ;) The animals must live in humane conditions which are always available for inspection. I conducted research of state and local codes before I bought the first run of ducks. I'm the only human in my home, and there's only so many eggs my dog, two cats, and I can eat. I also spoke with my neighbors before I bought the ducks. One said as long as they don't get into her yard, she's fine with them.
Beth Johnson wrote:Hi! While there's no urban market in times of Covid-19, I've been trading eggs for food (thanks, Eric - your beef is delicious!), feeding some hard-boiled mashed up eggs to the ducks, giving some to neighbors, the mail carrier and all that good stuff.
Many thanks to Eric for providing a lovely home for two amorous drakes whose behavior was not conducive to the ladies' overall welfare. We had a duck ER and convalescent home in my bathroom for a week.
Thank you all
john mcginnis wrote:Though the Farmer Markets might be hampered, eggs have another use -- hatching eggs. if you have a heritage flock you might consider selling hatching eggs. The market is good for this market. I suspect this market will grow as people realize a level of self-sufficiency is a requirement, not just a nice-to-have. The downside to this market is you have to be able to quick ship and have a focused person to person response to any problems that crop up.
Beth Johnson wrote:Man! I was getting ready to market my ducks eggs and...coronavirus! I was also going to invite people to come feed peas to my ducks. I've been having a problem with popcorn, gummy bears, pita bread, and sourdough bread mysteriously appearing in my yard.