Does anyone actually clear a profit with their chickens?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by chicksgalore, Aug 6, 2008.

  1. chicksgalore

    chicksgalore Songster

    Jul 19, 2008
    I've noticed several people writing that they sell eggs to "offset the cost of feed" and I'm just wondering if anyone actually turns a profit? I recently started selling my eggs (for $1.50 although I wish I'd started at $2--I hate to raise it already) and I've been at least breaking even if I can't say I've been actually collecting profit money. One thing that helps is I let my girls free-range from lunchtime till bedtime.
  2. holliewould

    holliewould Songster

    May 15, 2008
    Planet Earth
    I haven't, don't really expect to I guess. I spent almost 10 dollars on them so far and I still get no eggs [​IMG] Maybe it will come out in the wash when i get a dozen eggs a week for my family.
  3. BJ

    BJ Songster

    Mar 20, 2007
    We profit with FUN and LOVE!![​IMG]
  4. wegotchickens

    wegotchickens DownSouth D'Uccles & Silkies

    Jul 5, 2007
    Sevier County, TN
    I look at it as a hobby with benefits (eggs).
  5. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    It's going to depend a very huge lot on a) whether you include the cost of constructing coop etc or not; and b) whether you retire your hens and keep feeding them even if they are no longer laying so well (which also depends on whether they were high-production layers in the first place, or not).

    Creative number-juggling can take care of either of these problems, e.g. considering coop construction as 'capital improvements to property' or considering chickens who no longer lay well as pets independant from the main bunch o' layers. What Mark Twain said about statistics is also true of accounting -- there is lies, d*mn lies, and accounting [​IMG]

  6. Rhett&SarahsMom

    Rhett&SarahsMom Songster

    May 8, 2008

    I keep telling my husband to NOT try and figure that all out!!!
  7. bluey

    bluey thootp veteran

    Apr 10, 2008
    Washington, PA
    Profit.... [​IMG] ........ [​IMG] ......... [​IMG] ......... [​IMG] .......good one!!!!
  8. Around here if we don't have a profit, we have no chickens. Of course that does not include our 10 hen flock for our personal use.

  9. AllChookUp

    AllChookUp Will Shut Up for Chocolate

    May 7, 2008
    Frozen Lake, MN
    Profit?!? LOL!!!!!! [​IMG]

    I'll be happy when the moult is over and I'm acutally getting eggs again!
  10. lizard7

    lizard7 In the Brooder

    May 14, 2008
    Everyone in my area sells for $2.00 a dozen. That's cheaper than the free range grocery store eggs by about half. I'll never be in the position to sell, I just enjoy the benefit to my family and friends with fresh eggs and of course all the free entertainment!

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