Have you ever wondered if “those crazy backyard chicken people” are actually onto something? Or do they just have pets with benefits?

We are setting out to conclusively prove that keeping backyard hens for eggs is more cost effective than buying them from the farm stand. Here’s how we’re going to do it:

  1. Build a brooder
  2. Buy some chicks
  3. Build a coop and run
  4. Document everything we do and teach you all about it
  5. Crunch the numbers and figure out how much that first dozen eggs costs us
  6. Continue learning, teaching, and tracking until we hit our target price of $3/dozen

Want to know more? Keep on reading!

Over the years I have had several people ask me how much I actually pay for my eggs. It’s a good question, really.  I mean, why would people have their own hens if the eggs actually cost more?

Lots of reasons, actually, but that’s not why we’re here.

Well, to be totally honest, I’ve got no idea how much our eggs cost. We sell them for $3/dozen. But what is our production cost? No clue…

When I look around the farm at all the chicken related stuff I’ve got all over the place, I have to admit that I may have gotten the short end of the stick financially speaking. On the other hand, even in just the last 5 years, we’ve probably collected somewhere between 15 to 20 THOUSAND eggs from our hens.  Some quick math on that shows that our hens have produced nearly $4,000 in eggs.

Huh, maybe I’m not as far behind as I thought.

But, then again, we’ve had as many as 50+ layers at one time. And we know that large scale egg producers must be making money, otherwise they wouldn’t do it.

But, what about the family that’s only got 6 hens? How much do their eggs cost? That’s the real questions, isn’t it?

Well then, let’s find out.

You see, I think in the long run, it IS cheaper to have your own egg producing hens, regardless of how many you have.

And we’re going to prove it, right here.

The Golden Egg Experiment

Golden Egg

Objectives:

  • Find out how much that first dozen eggs costs us
  • Find out how long it takes us to reach farm stand prices ($3/dozen) 
  • Learn as much as we can along the way

Constraints:

  • Raise our birds to be happy, healthy, and productive
  • Be mindful of how much time we put into construction and maintenance
  • Keep things at a basic DIY level (no heroic projects)
  • Maintain “Good Neighbor” aesthetics

Nuts & Bolts

On Earth Day 2017 we’ll be purchasing chicks from the local farm store to put into our DIY brooder. In the days and weeks following we’ll be posting updates regularly to include Facebook posts, blog posts, videos, and maybe even some live broadcast.

We are making a commitment, right here, right now, to provide you with at least weekly updates on how things are progressing. In between those updates we’ll try to post some informational videos, some DIY build videos, and hopefully some Q&A videos.

How to participate

Newsletter

The best way to keep up with the latest goings on is to sign up for our No Clucking Around newsletter.  Click the link or find a form on this page and we’ll make sure that you get all our updates. Reply directly to any one of those to ask us questions or tell us what you think!

YouTube

All of our videos will be posted on our farm YouTube channel. Head over there, click the subscribe button, and put your questions and ideas in the comments. Click here.

Facebook

We’ll also be posting updates on our farm Facebook page. Don’t forget to Like and Share! Click here.

Email

And you can always email us directly at info@NoCluckingAround.com

Let’s Go!

I am super excited to kick this off! It’s going to be a long journey with plenty of twists and turns to keep things interesting. I hope you’ll join us.

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