Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Chicks Eating Watermelon

A little snack before bedtime ...

Monday, March 15, 2010

Live Coop Cam is back up

After a few days offline due to some weather-related issues, the live coop cam is back up and running.  You can access it from the top of the page.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Breaking even? Ask again in 2015.

Getting lots of questions about if/when these hens will start paying for themselves.  Here's my best guess:

Including coop, feeder, waterer, feed, etc., it costs about $1300 to the date of the first egg.  From here on out, let's assume two dozen eggs per week.  Ari tells me that the free-range, cage-free, organic, eggs we buy are $4 / dozen.  That's $8/week and $416/year.   Assume we spend $10 per month to feed the girls and $30 more per year on other stuff (including more hens when these stop laying), so our costs are $150 per year, and our "profit" is $266 per year.  So it'll take 4.88 years to break even.

4.88 years from March 3, 2010, the date of our first egg, will be Sunday, January 18, 2015.

After that, it's free eggs forever.  If I live to age 90 -- I'll save more than $13,000 (2010 dollars).

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

First Egg!!!!!

164 days after hatching,  the girls have laid their first eggs.

We were supposed to fly to Florida today, but Jackson started throwing up at 4:30 am (Talia got the silver medal by throwing up at around 12:30 pm).  As I was on the phone with the airline canceling our flights,  Ari and Talia heard a big commotion out in the back yard -- lots of clucking and squawking.  I followed them outside to see what was going on, and I immediately noticed a small egg in the sand in the run.   We grabbed it, admired it, then cooked it up.  Jackson got to try it first.

An hour later I went outside and found an egg in the coop.  Then I removed the chicken wire that had been keeping the chickens out of their nest boxes until they were ready to lay.  Within 30 minutes, an extra egg appeared in the middle next box along side the 5 fake eggs that were already there.

That's it.  Three small, perfect eggs.  I think Penny laid the first one, Juliet the second, and Henrietta the third, I can't be sure. 

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