We use to buy free run eggs from the grocery store, in which I would always whine about the price. Since I'm a animal lover and have the space I thought I would like to have my own chickens and my own fresh eggs to eat as well as some pets. (I've always liked chickens) I decide three hens would be perfect. I'll put them in the old barn and use the kennel for their outdoor run. So in July I order some sand and gravel for their run $160.00, then I buy three ISO hens at 10 @ thats $30.00 and then I buy three more at 15.00 each= $45.00 and then 4 more at 25 each which is $100.00 There is no way three is enough. Then I need sod to lay down in their area for them so that they can have access to dirt and grass! thats another $60. 00 plus one whole afternoon of sweating... no need to go to the gym that day! Then two bags of laying mash at 18 a bag and oyster shell at 9. and then grit at 9. thats $58.00 By September I'm thrilled I'm getting one...maybe two eggs a day!! wow!they are delicious tasting! the best ever!...must be all the mealworms and corn and flaxseed I'm buying for them! Then one gets the sniffles...have the Vet look at her, nothing a little tetraycline won't clear up. It's cheap enough $9.00 for a whole pack! Then I think I should deworm them as well. $7.50 for some peperzine...oops better do ivomec ...oh gosh thats 54.00...but I think it's okay it will last a long time. Then another chicken gets a foamy looking eye? what sniffles too? People on board seem to think Tylan 50 is the thing to use, consult Vet and she agrees. So off to the Vet supply place I go and pick up a $72.00 bottle of yellow powder. I swallow a little hard over this one...but well it's all for the good of the chickens. Then it's getting cold out so away I go to get electric water dish $35.00 and a heat lamp $15.00 ...oh maybe thats not going to be warm enough, better get a ceramic heater as well...another $39.00 oh and then some stall dry and more shavings $20.00. gosh I'm almost out of laying mash and corn...$18.00 and $9.00 Okay well I'm all set and $661.00 later I have ate 35 delicious eggs!! I ask myself why these eggs are so good? and you know why they're so good? Because they cost me about 18.00 PER EGG !! Now THAT IS A EXPENSIVE EGG! They just gotta be that good! better then everyone elses..I'M CONVINCED lol
No doubt, there is a frugal thread running. Most people say they raise their own chickens. ????
I don't raise mine for the savings. I raise them to teach my kids responsibility and be a little more self sufficient. If I don't want to buy eggs one week.....tough!! That means the chickens don't eat.