Thursday, October 21, 2010

The $551 egg

It finally happened!

We have our first egg. Actually our first three eggs! During Greta's nap yesterday Wesley and I went outside to clean out the chicken coop and what do we find in the nest boxes? Three eggs. These are the first eggs I've ever gotten out of the eight hens I purchased as chicks back in May. I thought with Fall officially here that they might not lay for me until next spring but was overjoyed to find the eggs. I literally did the happy dance in the chicken coop. Wesley probably thought I'd lost it, I mean who gets that freakin excited over an egg? Someone that has invested that much time, energy and money on these chickens....that's who.

Eight female chicks: $16
Lumber and materials for coop: $340
Chicken Wire: $120
Feeders and Watering System: $35
Brooder: $40

I'm really excited that the nesting box design worked and two of the three eggs where laid in them.

The hen house is working great and I'm thrilled we built it (and by we I mean Sean). The best part of it is the pop door. A pop door is the little door that lets the hens out of the hen house. Sean designed it so I can open and shut the door inside the shop so that I don't have to go out in the coop every night to shut the chickens inside. Thus keeping them safe from predators. All I have to do is wait for the laydies to come roost as night and I slide a thick board into place, shutting them in.

Now what to do with all the eggs I hope to get?!


The Lemonade Stand said... I hope you like egg salad.

Granny Randi said...

$551 for 3 eggs
The experience is priceless!
Will you bring some?