Iam less than impressed with my chickens currently. They 7+ months old and after countless amounts (read $$ signs) of grain, pine bedding, light bulbs (Tobin put up a nice little light fixture for them only to have them fly up and break every single light bulb.. then came a new and improved fixture and more light bulbs), man hours of cleaning the coop, a major fix on the coop roof, etcÃ‚â€¦ and today we got 5 eggsÃ‚â€¦ did I mention that there about 30 chickens in the coop? These are not the first eggs, but let me say we have only gotten maybe 3 dozen.. and this guess is on the generous side. We also have 10 roosters we deal with. I see chicken butchering in my future. You would think after doing 5 pigs by ourselves that 10 roosters would really not seem so intimidating.
I realize this is not the correct season for eggs. I still hold out hope that by spring time we will have so many eggs that we will be selling them right and left to our neighbors and city friends and Ã‚â€œrecoopingÃ‚â€ all our expense!
This is often the other side of homesteadingÃ‚â€¦ Ã‚â€œThe reality momentsÃ‚â€. When I lived in the city I had this idyllic view of life on my future homestead. And I have enjoyed many afternoons of watching chickens pecking and scratching in the dirt and have had the joy of cracking fresh farm eggs onto the frying pan for breakfast, and the fun of taking brown eggs to a city friend. But this chicken/egg story has two sides that either I never read about OR I refused to view any homestead pursuit in any kind of negative light.. LOL..
But for now, I am currently buying 5 dozen eggs a week from Costco.
How are everyone elseÃ‚â€™s chickens doing with their egg laying? Maybe I am doing something wrong??