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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.

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