QAt this time of year our small flock of ten hens lay far more eggs than we can eat. Can I sell the surplus at the gate and what rules, if any, apply? A Debbie Kingsley says: Yes, you can sell the surplus and some simple rules apply. Eggs sold directly to the consumer from a smallholding should not be weight-graded or stamped but must have information on a best-before date (a maximum of 28 days after the date of lay), with a statement that eggs should be kept refrigerated after purchase. Don’t...Grade your eggs in terms of size – although you may wish to box similar sizes together. Use the terms Free Range or Organic to describe your eggs as these are industry standards with specific compliance requirements. Wash your eggs as this removes the protective layer provided by the bird. Keep the mucky eggs for your own use and sell the clean ones. Don’t sell cracked eggs. Do...Be sure to know the age of the eggs you are selling so that you can be sure of the best before date. Use clean, new boxes to sell your eggs Keep a record of your egg income – it is taxable like any earnings. If you are selling eggs for human consumption you will also need to be registered as a food business; please contact your local district council for information.