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more chicken thoughts 
20th-Nov-2013 01:33 pm
Summer
Apparently the whacko shell-less egg episode is over for now. We are back to light brown eggs. Hopefully that means that the trend is reversing, and we will be back to dark brown eggs after that, and things will move merrily along.

I went back to my chicken math post from 10/17 and checked my spreadsheet. I have some updated numbers and projection on how much chicken feed I'm using. So here are my updated inputs/outputs numbers:

Chicken chow: $20/bag, lasts 6 weeks. (Actually $17/bag plus tax.)
Eggs produced: 1.6 average per day, or 11.2 per week (includes the first week, but only counts edible product)
Eggs produced after the first week: 1.7 average per day, or 12 per week (edible eggs only)
Cost of a dozen "free range" eggs at the farmer's market: around $4. (I can find them for $3.50 sometimes.)

To break even on just the feed costs (not the cost of the actual chickens, coop, etc.), I should produce approximately 5 dozen eggs in six weeks. Right now, I'm on track for a smidge under that. And these are my winter numbers. As the days turn around and get longer next spring, the chickens will start laying more. I'm very encouraged.
Comments 
20th-Nov-2013 08:23 pm (UTC)
Do you eat that many eggs?
20th-Nov-2013 09:51 pm (UTC)
No, I don't eat that many eggs in regular meals. But we can consume that many eggs with appropriately timed parties. Achaosofkittens makes deviled eggs on a semi-regular basis. And we bake. And if I get overwhelmed, I'll give some away.
21st-Nov-2013 06:01 am (UTC)
f fresh eggs also keep for nearly ever. Our record for farm eggs is just over four months.
20th-Nov-2013 08:48 pm (UTC)
I love your record keeping.
20th-Nov-2013 09:53 pm (UTC)
I'm glad!
I like knowing facts behind suppositions. Beyond "more fun," I'm interested to know if home-chickens are cheaper? healthier? useful? at the house. I'm figuring that "cheaper" isn't going to really happen, but it's nice to know that they are ethically happier. Healthier is relative, but again, now I know exactly what is going into my eggs. Useful - not just yet. I'm still trying to conceptualize how to use them in the garden.
20th-Nov-2013 10:13 pm (UTC)
How to use chickens in the garden?
20th-Nov-2013 10:23 pm (UTC)
Yes. Do I want to fence in some of the raised beds and let the chickens scratch them up for the winter (and fertilize them at the same time)? Do I want to make a portable fence for summer bug-patrol? I'm still not sure how I want to incorporate them. Right now they are in their little run, being moved daily around the front yard, while I get in the chicken habit. But the front yard really doesn't need chicken poop, and it's probably pretty boring for them, too.
20th-Nov-2013 10:45 pm (UTC)
So much to know! I will use your exemplary record keeping and LJ reporting when I have a space of my own to populate with animals.
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