So here is the 2013 annual chicken production summary: I only lost $96 for the year (not positive but if we purchased eggs at the market we would have spent more than that) My annual income was $384 (almost $250 less than last year, all due to predators and me not starting chicks in the fall.), My annual expenses $480. I purchased 1350# of chicken feed for the year (200 more than last year all due to freeloaders). My average laying hens for the year were 18.6 hens (currently only have 17 hens). I collected on average 5.9 eggs/day (3 eggs/day less than last year) for a hen productivity of 31% for the year (9% less than last year). The hens consumed 0.63 lbs of feed/egg produced (1/4 lb/egg more than last year!). It cost me $0.20/egg in feed only (or $2.40/doz). My actual cost per dozen with all expenses added is $3.30. I charged $3/doz for eggs all year long.
I had to purchase another 2 batches of pullets, one in spring and another in fall. I think I will use that model for a while, just buy fewer chicks at a time. If I could just keep the automatic chicken door working all year I could virtually stem all the chicken killing by predators I had to send the door for repair once. The chicken door guy sent me some spare parts so I am ready for another motor failure now. I have 17 producing hens and 5 pullets that will be laying by April, and one rooster. I will only get 8 babies this spring. I will have to cull my two leghorns by fall. The sheep got trapped in the chicken enclosure a couple of times last year. They leap at the fence and bounce off. I have a couple of sheep sized holes to repair. Annmarie is still not a fan of the chickens but she has become a fresh egg snob when it comes to eating them and cooking with them! She still won't eat a fried egg. Everyone always asks if the eggs are safe. I tell them my wife eats one raw every morning in her fruit/yogurt smoothie and she has never been ill. She is in charge of quality control.