We have been getting a consistent supply of eggs from our 7 hens since the beginning of the year. A co-worker had put dibs on fresh brown eggs since November of last year. A price was agreed upon and then we (patiently) waited for the first dozen eggs to become available.
We are finding that the new breeds of hens we have right now are not as consistent at laying eggs as our originals. Their eggs are also smaller than our original hen’s eggs. Due to a problem with a hungry red tail hawk this past winter, we lost 3 full-grown chickens in the span of a month; one of them being one of the original red sex link hens who was our best layer. Let me tell you, our red sex links lay an egg almost every single day and their eggs are huge: we are talking XL or XXL.
In January and February, we sold 5 dozen eggs to my coworker friend as well as another coworker. The proceeds from the sales are almost enough to purchase another 50 lb. bag of chicken feed. The best part is: we still have more than half a bag of food for the chickens to (hopefully) last us another month or two.
My goal for this year was to spend no more than $50 on chicken feed by supplementing their diet with mealworms, table scraps, food from the chicken garden and free food we get from friends and family that is expired. So far this year, we have purchased 1 bag of chicken food for $17.24. This is about $4 more than what we usually spend on their food, but we needed it and it wasn’t worth driving 30 additional minutes to get it from our usual supply store.
As mentioned, we still have more than half a bag of food left for the chickens. Assuming we sell another 5+ dozen eggs in the next month and a half, we will have more money from the sale than the food costs to feed the chickens. Not only that, we eat our fair share of chicken eggs throughout the week! To me, this is a win-win scenario!
Are your chickens earning their keep?How many do you have?