Thursday, July 5, 2012

Our First Year of Collecting Eggs

From Left to Right: Blondie, Latte, Mocha
July 1st marked our first (full) year of our chickens laying eggs.  It has been a learning experience but so much fun to raise these chickens! 


  • From July 1, 2011 to December 31, 2011, our 3 chickens laid 476 eggs*
  • From January 1, 2012 to July 1, 2012, our 3 chickens laid 402 eggs*
  • Total Eggs Laid: 878 (73.16 dozen)
  • We got our first “fart egg” in 2012 (a fart egg is a teeny-tiny egg-so cute!)
  • Total spent on chickens and feed from birth to current date:  $ 140.41
  • Price per dozen: $ 1.92
You may notice that the chickens have not laid as many eggs in 2012 as they did the last half of 2011.  I believe that this is due to going on a 10 day vacation and a broody hen.  There were two days in 2012 that we did not receive a single egg.

Mocha: "What YOU lookin' at?"

Even though we could buy non-organic white eggs at the grocery store for less, we enjoy having the chickens running around the back yard, eating bugs, demolishing kitchen scraps, staring at us as if we are the odd ones, and providing a source of fresh eggs every day.


*This statistic does not include the eggs that were cracked or broken.  It also does not include the eggs that our neighbor collected for us while we were on vacation.  They kept the eggs as a perk for keeping an eye on our little cluckers.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

A Humble Reminder: Recipe for a Happy Marriage

Last year, Todd and I found a framed picture with this Recipe for a Happy Marriage.  At the time, we were having a rough day/week/month.  As I saw the "recipe", I chuckled and Todd came over to read it.  He said, "We have to get this."  And we did...for $1. 

Now we are in a much better place in our marriage.  This picture it is the first thing we see as we walk into our bedroom.  It is a constant reminder of what we need to do to continue to make our marriage the best it can be.