Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Raising egg layers

It's been said to me on more than one occasion raising chickens costs more than you get from them. Having raised chickens for the last 6 years we can honestly say that this is true, to a point. Lets focus on egg layers, yes we do spend more money to feed and house them then the amount of money we could make selling their eggs. And buying the eggs from a grocery store might be cheaper (of the non-organic variety), but the health benefits from getting eggs from your own flock FAR out-way the cost of keeping them.

I have written about the benefits of farm fresh eggs here, here, here, and here. Chuck even wrote about eggs, and you can probably count on one hand how many times he has written a blog post (*smiling*). You might say I am a little obsessed. To top of my ranting about how great farm fresh eggs are, the USDA keeps recalling or telling you to avoid eggs on the market that have suddenly become toxic. You know the saying 'you get what you pay for' well when you pay under a dollar for a dozen eggs you are buying crap.

While doing a little research for my upcoming workshop I found Bill Marler. Now Mr. Marler is no farmer nor do I think he considers himself a foodie. However, Mr. Marler knows probably better than anyone that our industrial food system is failing. You see, Mr. Marler is a food poisoning lawyer, and he raises his own egg layers! Back in March he wrote a blog about how glad he is to have his 'girls.'

Right now we have a flock of 6 hens, most are older, and we get 3 to 4 eggs a day. It takes a few days of saving up before we use them, but they are getting us by. We have chicks on order from Sand Hill Preservation Center, hoping to get them this week!

Raising your own hens is becoming quite the thing to do- so when are you going to jump on the band wagon? This Saturday I will be talking all about raising your own chickens (and other backyard birds), so if you are thinking this might be something you would consider I would urge you to join us. There are so many exciting things I can't wait to share with you!


Anne said...

Did you get the new birds yet? Mine tease us by sitting on eggs for a few days.. and then giving up to go out and party in the field.

Duskwind Farm said...

Not yet, I received an email yesterday telling me that they had a few incubators that malfunctioned. Not sure if we will get them this year or next. It is kind of a bummer but I would rather purchase from Sand Hill Preservation Center knowing they are not a factory farm.