|so many chickens....|
First we had some chickens, and they laid eggs and we ate eggs every day, but then winter came and we had chickens, but not always eggs. So we realised that if we wanted to eat eggs every day in winter we would need more chickens, and we bought and hatched more chickens. And now we have too many eggs in spring and summer. So we sell the eggs.
We currently have 21 hens and 5 roosters (soon to be two roosters as soon as there's some space in the freezer for the other three). The hens lay 12-14 eggs/day. We eat 1-2 eggs each per day. I bring the excess eggs to work to sell. I sell them for $5/carton. I used to sell the eggs for much less, but fortunately for us, people in Brisbane are happy to pay a fair price for the eggs. At this rate we can cover our feed costs through spring and summer, so on balance through the year, it doesn't cost us any extra to keep the chickens (also considering that we use the old hens for meat when they stop laying). I mentioned this a while back when I was only getting $3.50/carton, but the economics are much better now.
- Eggs should be clean and not broken
- Egg cartons should be clean (I reuse clean cartons only)