The intent of working to keep track of this is for a few reasons, in part because this is a tracking year!
A) General overview of costs of the hens vs the return impute on the eggs, (I am unsure how to factor in manure for gardens etc)
B) its linked directly to my plans to do very detailed grow out costs of chicks, both home hatched and hatchery bought. I am going to also talk about tricks for lowering the food cost bill.
So stats you need to start out with..
We have 13 chickcns, 11 hens and 2 roosters, the youngest hen is three this year, the oldest hen is eight.. All hens moulted this fall and are in good feather at this time. Its a mixed breed flock, sll are medium to large to X-large egg layers, the colors range from pale green to dark brown, all shades of browns inbetween
Given my girls age, the chicken books tell me that I can with the bigger breeds expect on average 4 eggs per hen per week..
So my max production for the month could have been.. 132
Which means in the cold and dark my girls only produced at 48 percent of their possible production.
Jan- Lean month indeed.. Bitter cold, stubborn me, who did not want to turn on the heat lamps until it below 20 which did not happen until the second week of jan but finally did and the production went up but so will the power bill.
Eggs, 64 chicken eggs
equals: 5.3 dozen.
Store, local large brown eggs 3.29 per dozen = 16.45
Local price per my readers- 6 dollars a dozen=32
* ok, having heard from local city to me, local to province and across Canada, it would appear our local battery produced eggs at the first town from me is cheap, cheap, everyone in comments on log or facebook appear to agree, that it should 6 dollars a dozen.. so be it!
Now lets talk about feed shall we..
The books say, that my hens need to eat 1.5 pounds of feed per week, (and I will assume my boys eat the same amount) so
13 birds at 1.5 pounds per week is..19.5 pounds of feed for my laying flock.
I currently pay 13 cents per pound of bird feed so
One weeks worth of feed is 2.54 cents
Therefor a months worth of feed is 10.14 cents
Not bad, not bad at all..
But if you had to buy that same feed at the feed store price.. it would be 36 cents per pound, for a total of 28.08
Now because its winter, I also need to be putting down bedding regular at a full straw square bale per week, for a total of four bales.
Each bale cost 3 dollars for a total of 12 dollars in bedding.. Opps, there went my profit or even my break even.. (wink)
So the overview..
Eggs produced – 64 eggs -Store Value -16.45
New Value = 32
Feed- 10.14 cents
Jan – on the good side 9.86
* I am not going to include impute costs of structures etc, they came with the farm and have been around for years, but if you are a first time chicken owner, you will need to also figure out the basics on what it will cost you to build a chicken coop, pen and so forth.