Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Over 400 Eggs! (and none of them have been recalled)
In the past week or so, we went over the 400 mark on the Egg Count! Today, the gals officially gave us egg number 426. 426 eggs translates to about 35 dozen eggs from 4 chickens since the end of March.
This is pretty good considering the unexplained Strike and the Tragedy we had earlier this summer which caused a bit of an interruption in egg production. Also, Marshmallow stopped laying in mid-June which is a shame since she laid almost ostrich-sized eggs. OK, they weren't that big, but they were huge enough to make me feel a tiny bit bad for her each day. I thought for sure Farmer Ron would put Marshmallow on the (chopping) block instead of letting her free load, but then he is a big 'ol softie when it comes to his gals, chicken and human alike. So for lots of this time, we've only had three hens laying.
We paid $8.00 for each of the gals. If a cheap dozen of regular old eggs costs about $1.00 per dozen, we've covered the cost of each bird with a bit of change to spare thus far. We haven't keep exact count of the feed expenses, but I think it's around $25.00. So, we've got a bit to go before we come out even on the costs of the chickens in 2010. If we normally bought free range and/or organic eggs, we would have seen our money back a long time ago as those eggs cost at least $2.00 per dozen.
However, we won't be calling it quits with the gals (aka. moving them from their coop to the deep freeze in the basement) until sometime in November or December (or whenever Farmer Ron and the Young'uns get tired of taking care of chickens in the cold). This means we could get pretty close to coming out at least even when all is said and done this year.
Even if we don't come out exactly on the plus side of things, I still feel good about the chickens especially in light of all the chicken hub-bub in the news. Since our eggs come from chickens we can see out our dining room window, I'm not at all worried about the Young'uns getting sick from eating one. Peace of mind is worth lots more than a few dollars.
Plus, I'm not sure how to put a price tag on the conversations the gals have opened up with neighbors or the pride and amazement of young visitors to the Farm when they find an egg in the coop all by themselves. And then there's the sheer entertainment of watching the chicken chasing...that's definitely priceless.