Farmer-ish Report: Egg Sales for January and February 2023

Day 296 to 365

A couple of weeks ago, I was chatting with a fellow farmer friend about selling eggs and the loss we take on them. We were talking about the prices of eggs going up and shared what we thought we would have to get for a dozen eggs in order to maybe break even. We both, at the same time, said about $12.00 per dozen–at least. And, even then, that would not address our labor. Raising chickens humanely means good space and good care.

We also take the welfare up a notch on our little chicken farm in that we let them rest in the winter instead of adding light to the coop and also keep “retired” hens until they pass away, which, as my skills in animal husbandry have improved, can be a lot of years. And, I guess, if you follow my blog you know that we step it up another notch around here in that we do our best to give our chickens what they want, within reason, most of the time. Some of them are very good at expressing their needs; some of them have many extra needs.

Of course, chickens are much more than eggs on a homestead. They provide pest control, and for us, their composted poop fertilizes our garden. It’s so great because we feed our chickens organic food only, so we have organic compost for our organic garden. Our chickens are our partners and help us create a cycle of sustainability on our homestead.

Plus, I love these animals. They are fantastic to me, so they are so much more than money. However, I was curious to carefully track sales and costs because my dream is to have a barn with a lot of chickens and sell the eggs. It is clear from the first-of-the-year report that this dream is never going to come true.

Without further ado, here is my first ever farmer-ish report on egg sales. This is for January and February 2023. Things will be way better in March and April, as these first numbers include food for the ducks, and they aren’t laying at all yet. Still, our 7 ducks do not eat that much in the winter. They are very efficient.

Eggs eaten by our family: 7.5 dozen x 9.89 per dozen (organic, humanely raised eggs) = $74.18

Eggs sales: $68.00 (13 dozen x 5.00 per dozen plus a few tips)

Feed cost for organic feed: $434.44

That’s a loss of $292.26. We sill have some chicken feed left, which will help a lot with March’s numbers. Plus, we got 22 eggs today, which is going to help so much with sales. We should have much better sales for March and April. On top of this, we have stacks of compost out there that will feed the garden for a whole year.

Still, the numbers speak volumes about my dream to have a real egg business. In fact, I think we may have to slowly downsize our flock and just not replace hens who pass away. I am not sure if I am going to give this report to Ron though. I think I might just lay low with January and February numbers and report findings after we get through March.

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