Those that know me, or have spent much time on my blog, know that I love chickens.
Like, a lot.
As a child, I spent hours perusing the Murray McMurray catalog, and my favorite thing about the County Fair is walking through the poultry barn.
So, it is safe to say that I will always want to keep chickens.
However, sometimes you wonder.... "Are these birds saving me money, or am I just paying a little extra for farm fresh eggs?"
So, the other day, with calculator in hand, I vowed to figure it out.
I'll try not to bore you too much with the math, but you can figure that a hen will eat about 130 lbs of feed a year. This could vary if she is able to free range part or all of the day.
At my local feed store I can still get 50# of feed for $12.00.
So each hen is costing approximately $31.00 a year in feed.
(Cost of feed x 2.6 = average yearly cost)
Hmmm.... but is she making up for that in eggs? After all, she doesn't lay every day all year round.
Well, we know the average hen lays around 250 eggs a year.
Therefore, a dozen eggs would cost about $1.48!
Now, I admit that I haven't purchased eggs in the supermarket in a while, but I think that's a fair price.
And, let's not forget that homegrown eggs are a much better product!
Add the enjoyment of watching your hens scratch around, and the knowledge that your eggs come from happy chickens, and I say you are getting a great deal!
What if your feed costs are higher?
Even organic feed at $30/50# is still only $3.74/dz. Try buying organic eggs for that price in the store!
Are there ways of making it even more economical?
You can allow your hens to free range, or grow some of your own feed.
Sunflowers, buckwheat, and corn are all easy to grow.
Do you have any ideas? Do you feel that you save money by keeping chickens?
Love In Christ,
Love In Christ,