Keeping hens

...In middle age





...Table chickens

...Rearing program

...- Quality

...Multiplying chickens

...- Incubator

Collect the eggs at least once a day and more often if you can.

Your hens will obligingly lay them in nesting-boxes where they are fairly safe but the safest place of all is in the box on your customer's shelf. If you are producing an appreciable number of eggs for sale, you must contact your local Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries. Egg producers are numbered for identification and checked on regularly. Your eggs must be washed and measured and sold in batches of a similar size. All this is to protect the consumer which is quite right.

It seems a shame, however, that this standardisation has brought the sale of a box of eggs into the same position as the sale of a package of detergent. If you have a market for Farm Gate sales, you can get away from the branded image. Then your customers can have a more personal purchase, you can have a higher profit and everyone is happier.