Family and "friends" want to buy free range eggs for less than cost

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by joebryant, May 30, 2008.

  1. joebryant

    joebryant Crowing

    Anne had a concert last night (she's a violinist/concert master of the Indianapolis Philharmonic Orchestra) and many of our friends and family were there. I was telling them that we had ten baby chicks and that we were hoping at least five of them were hens. I also told them that I was building a coop that so far was costing me way more than a thousand dollars, plus I had to buy an incubator, brooder equipment and feed. Hopefully the five hens will start laying by October. I should get almost two dozen eggs a week, but we'll only need one dozen for ourselves, so I told them that we'll have a dozen a week for sale, about a gross before the end of the year. Everyone wanted a dozen until I told them that I'd have to have $80 a dozen just to cover my expenses; the cheapskates started hrumphing, heeeing, and hawing. Why is it that family and friends always expect to get everything for less than cost?
  2. k0xxx

    k0xxx Songster

    Mar 29, 2008
    North Central Arkansas
    The nerve of some people. [​IMG]
  3. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

    Jun 11, 2007
    Your big mistake is hangin' with the "artiste" crowd (I should know, I used to be one of them). Keep the talented wife, but lose those free-loadin' friends and family. The nerve of wanting cheap eggs from your little, well-housed darlings!
  4. coffeemama

    coffeemama Barista Queen

    Mar 5, 2008
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  5. CathyB

    CathyB Songster

    Apr 6, 2008
    Unfortunatly I understand this all to well. My inlaws live next door. My sister lives across the street. They have all mentioned how nice it will be to walk over and get eggs anytime they want [​IMG]
  6. Cats Critters

    Cats Critters Completely Indecisive

    My dad whats weekly eggs now what should I charge
    him I paid:
    $96 for the coop
    about $15 for feeders and waters
    About $20 for bedding
    About $30 Grit ( hey they love spilling it [​IMG] )
    About $50 feed
    So what should I charge him for eggs [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    P.S. My dads a cheep skate [​IMG]
    P.S.S. There only 10 weeks old [​IMG]
    Last edited: Jun 1, 2008
  7. Miltonchix

    Miltonchix Taking a Break

    Jul 14, 2007
    Milton, Florida
    Quote:A tank of gas per dozen!! Okay make it 2 dozen and make him feel guilty that he's gettin' such a great deal. Heck....practically stealin' em.
  8. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Quote:Ha, I bet they don't mind a *bit* when your wife insists that in order to play her violin in public, she needs to be paid a fee based on the total cost of all the lessons she's taken over the years, plus all the violins she's owned, plus probably an hourly rate for practicing practicing practicing, divided by the total number of public-performance minutes she'll have in her career.

    At that rate of income you would surely be able to afford to sacrifice some eggs for less than eighty bucks a dozen [​IMG]


  9. happyhen

    happyhen Songster

    May 8, 2008
    Northeastern Ohio
    Call me crazy, but it's a nice feeling for me to know I can share healthy eggs with my family and friends. In return the've offered "donations" of time with chicken care, or money for feed.
  10. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Crowing

    I don't ask for money for my eggs, but the people who appreciate them find themselves with more eggs than the ones who don't! [​IMG]
    My next door neighbor takes care of the dogs, chickens and horses when DH and I are gone on weekends. They get a dozen at least twice a month and they always appreciate them and offer to buy them. But a good neighbor is priceless. You bet your butt that they get free eggs before anyone else!

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