Chickens by the numbers

It’s been more than a year and half since Sarah in Illinois welcomed her first chickens. She is here today with an update on her flock.

7 – Number of chickens still happy and healthy.

2 – Number of breeds of chickens still on my wish list (Leghorns and Ameraucana).

4 – Number of chickens my stepdaughter put charm bracelets on.

5 – Average number of eggs I still collect every day.

3 – Number of weeks a 50 pound bag of feed lasts.

1 – Number of wheelbarrows of corn I still have left to crack

0 – Number of chickens that will leave the coop if there is any snow on the ground.

100 percent – How happy I am that I decided to take on this adventure.

Between their bracelets, disdain for snow and hand-cracked corn, I think you have some pampered hens, Sarah. (Although I think aversion to snow is fairly common in chickens.) It’s great that you’ve been able to keep them healthy and happy and keep receiving eggs from them. Your enjoyment of them is obvious.

9 thoughts on “Chickens by the numbers

  1. Fun!! I love their bracelets. I’m curious to know – how much does a bag of feed cost? I want to see how it breaks down against the cost of that many free-range eggs. I’m so glad you’re enjoying your chickens!

    • You can buy a 50 pound bag for around $10. I buy a brand that I believe is a little better quality, plus it is available just a few blocks from my work and it is $14. I try to feed them as much vegetable scraps as possible and I plan to look into growing fodder or other greens for them since they are no longer free range. When they have greens available they do not eat as much feed.

      • So basically you get 105 free-range eggs for $14. That is a smoking deal!! I pay $8.69 for 18. Good to know that it’s financially worth it as well as being a great thing to do.

      • Oh my goodness! That seems so high! I live in a very rural area so there are several small farms that will sell you fresh eggs for $2-3 per dozen! For perspective, at our local chain store a dozen Eggland’s eggs are $2.67.

  2. We do have some stands outside the city where people sell fresh eggs for $4 or $5 per dozen. But yeah, welcome to Canada! Things are definitely more expensive here.

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