The Bad Egg

Easy Foraging
February 28, 2009, 7:00 am
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Don’t Get in My Way
February 25, 2009, 7:00 am
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Flo again–looking ready to nip me if I get in the way of her salad greens. Click to enlarge.

Queen Chickens
February 22, 2009, 7:00 am
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Recession Proof Food
February 20, 2009, 7:00 am
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We figure our backyard chicken eggs cost us 4-6 cents per egg. At the grocery store, eggs equivalent to ours (pastured eggs) cost $2.79 for 6 eggs (that’s 46.5 cents per egg)!

Here’s the math if anyone is curious:

Average of 15 eggs per week for 18 weeks (4 months at 4 weeks per month) = 240 eggs.  We are low-balling this number. On many days of the week the chickens are laying 3 eggs per day, not 2.

$12 (the cost of feed for 3 chickens for about 4 months) divided by 240 eggs = 5 cents per egg.

*There were some initial startup costs not included in the above figures, mostly related to the coop/run – which we didn’t do right the first time. If we count the cost of our mistake-coop, then initial startup was about $130. If we only count the cost of the coop we got right, then initial startup totaled about $60 ($16 for waterer and feeder, $3 for 3 chicks, $10 for a tarp, $18 for 6 months of chick/pullet feed, and some add’l dollars for miscl materials like zip ties).

We either already had the other necessary materials (like a light bulb and extension cord to keep the chicks warm), or created free work-arounds (like using shredded paper for bedding instead of pine shavings).

Chicken Missionaries
February 18, 2009, 11:59 am
Filed under: Stories, The Experiment

I took the dog for a walk today and ran into our next door neighbor walking his own dog. We’d given this neighbor 4 eggs last week. I asked if he’d tried them yet.

He said not only did he try them, but they were SO delicious that he went to the local feed store to see how much chicken feed costs; he’s now seriously considering getting a couple of laying chickens for his own backyard!

He said he was amazed at how much better my backyard eggs tasted than from anything he’d bought recently from the grocery store.

I guess we officially have our first convert. We are now backyard-chicken missionaries 🙂

Salad Lust: 2
February 16, 2009, 7:00 am
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Any Eggs in There?
February 13, 2009, 7:00 am
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