When it comes to pregnancy, there’s no such thing as a freebie. No matter how much we want to spoil our baby, we’re going to have to pay for it eventually. While you can get pregnant and not have to spend a dime on maternity clothes or diapers, there’s still a lot of out-of-pocket expenses you’ll have to face.
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We’ve all heard about the high-end eggs, but what about the eggs that are the most expensive? We are talking about the eggs that can cost over $1,000 per dozen. So, how exactly are these eggs produced? Here’s the story.
We’ll get our money in a few weeks. We’ll get paid for our hard work, crap shoveling, and money. We’re going to find the golden egg. Yes, according on my estimates, our first egg will be worth about $700.
We purchased hens and became “urban chicken farmers” in Berkeley earlier this month (another step upon the path to radical homemaking and femivorism, destinations that I will surely never reach).
The chicks, who were newly feathered pullets, were just $15 each. To obtain the golden egg, though, you’ll need more than simply chickens. (Until now, the chicks had been hand-reared by my friend Karyn and her young children; my friend informed me that she, too, had lost money on the endeavor.)
Add in the fact that we live in a city and don’t have access to a barn or an animal pasture. We paid $450 for a nice coop called the Zen Hen Pen. We could have made one out of scrap wood and mesh, but who has the time?! I also wanted to make sure they were safe from the local animals (cats, rats, raccoons, prostitutes). Other similar coops cost about $600, so I thought we were getting a good bargain.
What goes inside the chicken coop? Organic chick feed in a galvanized water dispenser (dubbed a poultry fountain!) is supplied with a tall serving of fresh water in a hefty metal chicken feeder. As well as anything absorbent to act as “litter.” Let’s say the first batch of food and supplies cost $100. We’ll need to boost the hens’ food when they come closer to laying age. So I’ve heard. That hasn’t happened yet.
[As a side note, here is when I first realized I’d been tricked.] The pet shop employee advised me not to buy wood shavings because it might kill my chicks if they ate them. Instead, he recommended using corn-cob-filler. But, now that their litter is really food, won’t they want to eat it even more? Since then, I’ve discovered a nearby source of free wood shavings. [Thank God for that.]
Our coop has to be cleaned once a week. It does, at least with the silly corn cob trash. When I went to clean up the coop last week, I walked to our shed and discovered that a mouse had eaten through both the chicken feed and corn litter bags. Ugh. For the feed and litter, I went to OSH (the hardware shop for urban farmers like me) to get tiny metal trash containers with tight-sealing lids. I also received some gardening gloves (very nice ones) and a shovel so I wouldn’t have to touch any chicken poop or be frightened by a rat ever again!! Fear drives me insane. As a result, I threw $76 at the issue. Ahhh, that’s a lot better.
We’ve learnt a lot about our new backyard birds since the beginning of the month. We’ve learned that our chicks like grass seed (FREE! ), snails (FREE! ), and clover blossoms in moderation (FREE! ), so we’re working hard to win their confidence by giving them goodies when we visit. We also learned that they dislike running out of water. When I couldn’t figure out how to use their sophisticated water gadget, I almost died of thirst.
At the supermarket store, a dozen fancy eggs costs about $4. At the farmer’s market, a dozen of very expensive eggs costs about $8. At the very least, I won’t bawk bawk bawk bawk bawk bawk bawk bawk bawk bawk bawk bawk bawk bawk baw Our first egg will cost $671 (with additional costs like oyster shell and grit to prevent soft eggs – yuck!) (and some extra for a straw nesting box)
When we start getting eggs in a few weeks (months? ), we should be getting about 3 per day. We’ll have have reduced the price per egg to about $230 if they all start laying on the same day. How long will it take me to get down to fancy farmer’s market pricing ($.33) at this rate? I calculated it and came up with 13 days and 700 days. Please assist me in this matter.
I’m open to techniques and suggestions from other crazy chicken people, in addition to a little assistance with my arithmetic problem.
It’s hard to believe, but we have only recently purchased the most expensive egg we’ll ever eat. The Gigabyte F1 arrived last week, and our egg factory is already on-hand to start cranking them out. We have 60 in stock today, and it is our goal to have at least 100 in-store by tomorrow.. Read more about caviar and let us know what you think.
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