What is your average cost per egg?
BadGardener · 23/02/2010 21:23
I mean, if you add up everything you have spent, and divide it by the number of eggs, what does it come to?
I have had 6 eggs so far, having spent £300 (Eglu) + £42 (chickens) + around £6 (straw, food, grit), so £58 per egg!
OTTMummA · 23/02/2010 22:14
the longer you have them = more eggs = cost per egg goes down!
but surely the main reason for having home grown eggs is the quality?
alibubbles · 24/02/2010 08:24
My DH reckoned mine were costing £100 an egg to start, as I have a cube and a flytesofancy walk in run! They now cost me pence as I get 6-7 a day after 18 months
I haven't bought eggs for 18 months and I used to buy at least 2 dozen a week, I get around 30 42 a week from my chooks.
sarah293 · 24/02/2010 08:43
nickelbabe · 24/02/2010 12:04
yeah, you need more hens!
ours so far have cost us about the same as yours per egg...
inital house and run aprox £300, extra run etc another £200, hens £100 approx.
food £9.00 per bag (lasts 6 weeks), straw £3.00 for about a month
treats (oh, god, they get loads of those!!) (sweetcorn, cabbage mealworms etc) prob about £15 per month.
it really does add up, doesn't it.
ooh, Vet's bills! spent about £200 on those : had a couple of poorly incidents and one had to be put down.
and two of our chooks were ex-batts, so their contribution to the eggs was/is negligible!
we still manage to eat loads (split between 2 households now), give some away and sell a box or two a week.
still, they're my favourite waste of time!
BadGardener · 24/02/2010 15:10
well obviously OTTMummA!
I'm going to try not to buy treats for mine - there is enough leftover food in the house.
nickelbabe · 25/02/2010 11:41
oooh, BG, you need to eat your dinner outside!
(in the summer, obviously)
we sit in the garden in chairs with arms, and the hens all jump up onto the arms when they see we have food and try to eat it all!
we have to eat in batches: one flaps the hens away while the other eats!
or throw them bits from the plate to distract them!
BadGardener · 25/02/2010 14:12
yes yes yes Nickelbabe - can't wait!
(though I can see dh being less keen than me.)
Price per egg has now come down to £40 after 3 more being laid and £10 being spent on lice prevention powder and food.
Unfortunately the lawn is getting destroyed now - not by hens directly but by me constantly trampling out there to see how they're getting on!
Cranreuch · 25/02/2010 14:25
Hen house made from recycled wood, free.
Hens - house warming present, free
Sawdust used for base of house from cutting own wood, free(supplemented with hay dh sometimes makes)
One trip to the vet with antibiotics £12
Hen food (not sure as dh buys it from farm supply place)
so total cost of 2 years of very regular egg supply not much really, compared to the quality of the fresh eggs laid by my free range hens... Until now, they are getting older and have stopped laying this month, we had to buy eggs!
BadGardener · 25/02/2010 14:34
I bet your hen food is dead cheap - probably 2 or 3p per bird per day.
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