Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Cluck, cluck, cluck!

Quick Note: I wanted to pretty things up a little bit. I hope you like these colors and that it's all easy to read and navigate. Let me know if there are problems and I will gladly make necessary adjustments!

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Remember when we got that package at the post office? Well, they have been growing too, just like the garden!

Actually, the broilers are all 'dispatched' at this point. I won't go into detail, because I think most of you would rather I didn't! Anyway, here are the White Plymouth Rocks. They are supposed to all be hens, but I think one of them crowed the other day.
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One of the roos is peeking at the camera too!
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They are growing well, and they seem to have a good nature about them. Already, they are happy eating bugs, grubs, weeds, scraps from the house and excess from the garden. They are fairly calm and quiet, and not easily upset. I just can't wait until they start laying!
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They are just a couple months old, so it will be a little while before we start to get eggs. This breed lays brown eggs, which are fairly easy to sell. I haven't decided what to do yet - sometimes I want to keep them all and sell eggs, other times I think I'll sell all but a small flock and just keep to ourselves. Either way, we should start getting eggs from the White Rocks in roughly 9 more weeks.

Do you have your own hens, or do you buy eggs from someone local? I'm curious to hear what people pay for a dozen eggs in different areas. From what I'm told, people are getting $3 to $3.50 a dozen in my area these days for non-medicated, free-range eggs. On the other hand, I have read some recent posts on message boards saying people are getting 'farm eggs' for 75 cents a dozen, so I guess there is a big range!

5 comments:

Toni Toni Toni said...

Yay chicken!! I haven't bought eggs from a farm or farmer's market. I did buy free range farm eggs from the coop and they were $3.79 I think. I'm from Central Minnesota...so it's probably a similar area to you. I thought that was a little astronomical when you can get them for $1.20 at the grocery store (I know they aren't the good eggs).

tenthingsfarm said...

Thanks, Toni! The next time I'm in town I want to check a couple of the stores to see what they sell for too. Part of me would love to put a sign out and sell eggs right here at home, but then again, that sort of gives people 'permission' to come to the door, and I'm not sure I want that. I used to deliver them when I went to town - I had several families, and I'd just give them a call, they'd leave a cooler on the porch or meet me at the door and I'd drop off eggs/pick up money. Now, with the price of gasoline, I haven't been going to town as regularly. We used to go weekly, but now we only go once or twice a month. So...I'm not sure what I'm going to do! :)

mentalutopia said...

We looked into getting our own chickens, but local ordinances don't allow it. :( During the summer we buy eggs from an Amish stand . They're free range eggs, but not organic (their produce is "spray-free"). Yesterday's dozen had brown, white, and green eggs, and I think they were $1.50. There's also a store in town where the owner sells her chicken and duck eggs--not sure how much the ducks ones are but the chicken eggs are $2/dozen.

tenthingsfarm said...

We were in Walmart tonight, and they had 'cage free brown eggs' for about $2 a dozen. Whenever I get into the city, I'm going to try and check at the health food stores for comparison. I guess I'm mostly curious!

Mrs. Laughter said...

I have seen ads in my area (Northwest of Houston, TX) from $2/dozen to $4/dozen. I price mine at $3 a dozen. I have 14 hens laying about a dozen a day and I have our dozen in the fridge door and rarely have any leftover. I posted an ad on the craigslist.com for my area and love it!

Hope this helps in your decision!
Sarah

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