<div style="display:inline;"> <img height="1" width="1" style="border-style:none;" alt="" src="//googleads.g.doubleclick.net/pagead/viewthroughconversion/1028731116/?value=0&amp;guid=ON&amp;script=0">
CHRISTMAS OFFER Subscribe to Your Chickens today click here

Ask our experts: rules about selling eggs

PUBLISHED: 16:46 12 May 2017

An accidental cross of an Araucana and Sussex

An accidental cross of an Araucana and Sussex

Archant

Help, tips & advice by chicken keepers

Question: We keep about 20 hens and sell surplus eggs to neighbours. I’d like to develop this further and asked the local shop if I could supply them with free-range eggs. They said I must be registered and the eggs have to be stamped. Have I been breaking the law? I thought only people with more than 50 chickens had to be registered. Should I register and buy an egg stamp?

Anne Perdeaux says: You are right in thinking that registration with DEFRA is compulsory if you keep more than 50 birds of any type – but there are separate regulations for selling eggs. You don’t need to register with the Egg Marketing Inspectorate to sell to neighbours, as long as eggs aren’t graded for quality or weight and you have less than 350 birds. To sell at local markets, registration is required if more than 50 birds are kept, egg-boxes must be correctly labelled and individual markets may also have their own rules. When supplying shops and restaurants, egg-producers must be registered with Egg Marketing regardless of the number of hens they keep. Eggs are then graded, scanned for defects and weighed at an egg-packing centre. You can apply to set up an egg-packing centre at home, but will need the necessary equipment. Registration is free. For full details see www.gov.uk/guidance/eggs-trade-regulations. Eggs should not be described as ‘free-range’ or ‘organic’ unless they meet the required criteria.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Your Chickens visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Your Chickens staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Your Chickens account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Your Chickens Application Link

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most Read

Don't Miss...


Chickens Stateside

Fresh Eggs Daily

Follow us on Twitter


Like us on Facebook