My plan for making millions will not be involving chickens. I have definitively ruled that out after Annmarie started making me keep track of the financials.
For the first three months of this year I averaged 17 laying hens/day, 3.4 eggs/day, 20% productivity (total slackers), 1.14 lbs feed consumed/egg produced, feed cost $0.37/egg, income $20/month, expenses $45.90/month, net income $35.05/month loss, profit to date $105.15 loss, amount of feed consumed 350#. This is where it gets painful. My feed cost per dozen eggs produced is $4.07 and total cost per dozen eggs is $5.08. I currently charge $3/dozen for eggs. No wonder I am at a loss.
My chicken experiment is not going well. I only collected three eggs tonight, 2 white and 1 green. The sad part is there are only two chickens that lay white eggs and two older chickens that lay green eggs. Tomorrow is day seven of the experiment. I am thinking of culling 13 others and saving the rooster just so I will have one. He looks cool, tends to keep the girls together and on track. He also calls out when he finds a good food source.