Our next reader question is – Do you ever sell chicks or eggs? Is that regulated at all? Great questions!!
We don’t raise chickens, so as far as selling chicks, I had to research that and here is the North Carolina Statutes on Chick Dealers and Hatcheries. I learned a lot reading through this…thank goodness we never intended, nor had a desire, to hatch or sell chicks!
So, yes, there are laws governing selling chicks and hatching eggs (eggs that have been fertilized and are being sold for hatching purposes).
Selling eggs for eating (unfertilized eggs) we do! North Carolina law – the “Egg Law” – can be found here. The short version of the Egg Law is “a producer marketing eggs of his own production shall be exempt from this section when such marketing occurs on the premises where the eggs are produced, processed, or when ungraded sales do not exceed 30 dozen per week.”
The way I read that is that if a farm sell eggs that their chickens lay and the sale takes place on the property where the eggs were laid, they are exempt from the grading of eggs, or if they sell less than 30 dozen ungraded eggs a week (that’s a bunch of chickens y’all – 360 eggs a week – that would be a max of 360 hens!!!) Also, containers must have the word “Eggs” on the container along with the farm’s name. We purchase our egg cartons at our local Tractor Supply Store.
We sell eggs to our friends that know the value of fresh eggs! We only do this when we have an abundance of eggs – our main reason for having our hens is so that we are more self-sustainable – but when we have more than we will eat, we sell a dozen or two!
That’s pretty much it in an “eggshell” – NC laws for selling chicks and eggs – at least that is what my research turned up!
Fun Fact Friday next week will tackle the question – “Are there any common chicken practices that you believe to be harmful or just less-than-ideal? Certain coop setups, feed, nesting materials, etc.”
See you next week !