1. Sell Your Delicious Farm Fresh Eggs
If you find yourself overrun with excess eggs, don’t let them go to waste! There’s so many ways to sell your eggs, you can pick just one or do them all to reach as many customers as possible. Here’s a few places / ways to help sell your eggs:
- Sell at the Farmer’s Market
- Put your eggs on the shelf of your local small community grocer or co-op
- Put up a yard sign directing people to your farm store
- Create a LocalHens.com farm listing
Make sure you check your state or county’s local laws surrounding selling backyard chicken eggs. For more information on this, check out our guide to backyard chicken laws by state.
2. Sell Baby Chicks
Fluffy yellow baby chicks are popular with classrooms and aspiring backyard chicken farmers. Grab your incubator & egg turner, and get ready to hatch some chicks! Be sure to choose more popular breeds to ensure you can more easily sell your birds. Also, don’t forget to have a backup plan for excess roosters.
3. Sell Pullets
Some folks won’t have an interest in raising chicks, but want to get right to the good part – the farm fresh eggs! Selling laying pullets is a great way to rake in some extra cash, especially if you have popular breeds. Check out our guides to the 10 Best Chicken Breeds for Laying Lots of Eggs and 4 Chicken Breeds You Need for Blue Eggs for ideas on breeds to invest in.
4. Sell Hatching Eggs
Hatching eggs are easy to sell online if you pack them safely in secure egg cartons with plenty of bubble wrap or tissue paper.
These are great for people who want to do the work of turning & incubating the eggs for you. All you have to do is provide fertilized eggs, so make sure you have a rooster around!
5. Raise Broilers
There’s a huge demand for farm fresh cuts of chicken legs, thighs, breast, and more. You will need some special tools to start butchering your own chickens, but can provide some great profit margins for your farm.
6. Market Stray Feathers to Crafters
Chicken feathers of all colors and sizes make great crafting material for people who make their own jewelry, home decor, and more. Collect them over time and sell them wholesale online (Etsy or Facebook Marketplace would be good options), or sell them individually/in small groups. You’ll be amazed at the crazy amount of things people can do with these feathers, and they’ll be put to good use!
7. Sell Chicken Feet to Pet Owners
Not just chicken feet, but any other items people aren’t likely to buy for themselves. Dry chicken feet are particularly popular on sites like Etsy, and people will give them to their dogs as treats.
8. Make Some Crushed Eggshell Art
You can create truly amazing works of art with your crushed eggshells. Crush them up, spread them over a plate or cup, and cover them in resin. You’ll get a gorgeous mosaic-esque piece of art that people will pay a pretty penny for on Etsy or other craft sites!
Instead of making your own, you can also sell crushed or blown out eggshells. Crafters just need the materials to make their own creations, and it’ll save you time as well.
9. Become a Backyard Chicken Influencer
Do you have a knack for writing, photography, or making hilarious TikToks? Becoming a farming influencer may be just the job for you!
It may take some time to build up a following, but you can get sponsorships and place ads on your material for some extra cash faster than you’d expect! Whether you start a blog, Instagram page, YouTube channel, or TikTok, the backyard chicken community is growing every day and more influencers are needed in the space.
10. Do Educational Tours and Events
Take advantage of your knowledge and consider opening up tours or farm visit events every once in a while. You can charge your customers an entrance fee and teach them all about your chickens & business. It’s also a great way to get people into your farm store if you have one!