April report: I lost $115.16 for the month on an average 27 hens laying (Should not lose any more to predators with the automatic door! Now if I only had a door for the sheep that would lock them in at night...). My net income total is $177.47 for the year . I had $50.21 in expenses for feed (200#) this month (the weather is improving and the chickens are actually getting food when they forage now). For the year, my monthly expenses are $108.54 (an increase of $42.12/month). We collected a total of 414 usable eggs (110 more than last month) averaging 17.8 eggs/day collected (for the year the average is 13.5 eggs/day). My productivity for the month was 66% (increased 29% from last month) (for the year it is 50%). The chickens ate 0.38# food/egg (this is a drop of 118% from last month!! Say hello to better weather and I included the feed for the baby chickies as a feed expense) (for the year are averaging 0.59# food/egg). It cost $0.9/egg or $1.08/doz for feed (half of what it cost last month) (my yearly average is $0.13/egg or $1.56/dozen). My monthly net income is a loss of $44.37/month this year. I have hope if the chickens can keep up production that I may break even this year. My babies will start producing in late Fall so that should help. Unfortunately, the Brahmas sometimes take up to 9 months to start laying instead of the average 6 months for most breeds.
I was taking pictures last night and happened to catch the sunset. I took some pictures of the machine shop with the sun shining through the holes in the walls and then some more around one of our 100 year old trees. I just could not decide which ones I liked best.
|Machine shop with setting sun #1|
|Machine shop with setting sun #2|
|Machine shop with setting sun #3|
|Setting sun horizon #1|
|Setting sun horizon #2|
|Setting sun horizon #3|