I'm trying to figure out what I need to do to sell chicken eggs (for consumption) in Albuquerque. Does anybody here do this? Do you have to have a permit? I'll only be selling our excess which is around 2 - 3 dozen per week, not very much.
I have researched that deeply here in Albuquerque. The city website addresses everything but that! I have been told by other chicken owners that they do sell their eggs to friends and family, but not on the market. I would suggest calling the city and asking them outright. I have a whole line of people knocking on my door for eggs, all friends and family! Just pass the word!
Lucinda, you are correct that the city of Albuquerque does not provide much information regarding this policy. Reason for this is that it is regulated by the State's USDA but as of today there's not many restrictions placed on eggs unless selling them commercially. I'm sure that this will be changing one day like raw milk did unless we stand up and don't allow it.
It gets hard when it is regulated federal, state, county, and city. It's even harder when they don't have the information readily available. I'm hoping they don't start putting too many restrictions.
Hi Guys! When people found out I have chickens, they started lining up! Just to let you know that the 'girls' you sold me are very health, happy girls! They have just recently started laying and they are funny as heck! No repeat business due to dogs yet, but I do highly recommend you to folk!
Someone put up a flyer at work and I know she had several replies (I was one of them). Your girls are still laying? Lucky you!
They've just started. We have 3 consistent layers so far and are getting ~25 eggs per week. Still waiting for 5 of them to start. Once they all are going we are going to be up to our elbows in eggs!
My girls are moulting so no eggs for about 2 weeks now but they've been laying since January so I can't complain.
Haha! Sounds like they deserve a little break!
Hello Emily, I have a chicken farm in Belen, NM and we sell many eggs to the public for human consumption. You do not have to have a special permit of any kind if you're selling to individuals and out of your home or farm. Things get a little more complicated once you start selling to stores and restaurants as they need to be Graded and a few other requirements but I don' think that's your intent. Just note that there are a few words that you aren't allowed to use like "Organic, Fresh, or that they are Graded". To avoid any problems with the USDA advertise your eggs as "Farm Eggs, Cage Free Eggs, Natural Farm eggs, or Eggs from healthy free range chickens", etc. Again just avoid using the words fresh and organic. Selling excess eggs is a great way to meet new people and a way to help pay for the upkeep of keeping your ladies happy and healthy. Some of my best friends around town are because they purchased eggs from us one day. I hope this helps.
Thanks so much! We're planning to sell them to offset the costs and also to teach our daughter a bit about running a business. It's a shame we can't use the word fresh because they really are some of the freshest you can get!
Also, if I might ask, how much do you sell your eggs for? My husband thinks we should sell them for $3/dozen. I think that is too high.