The Eggtrepreneur

OK, so the title this week really does take the biscuit, but forgive me – it’s hard not to shamelessly squeeze in a chicken-related word in my blog headings where possible and I think any such whims should be indulged in at this rather challenging time of year, quite frankly.

I'm feeding girls corn more at the moment to help them through the colder days

We’ve had another magnificent egg yield from the girls this week – James and I encourage each other to guess the number as we take turns to collect our treasure from the nesting box and then announce it rather like the judges do their points on Strictly Come Dancing: 8, 7, 9, 8. Now they are coming thick and fast, I’m discovering again one of the great delights of henkeeping: cracking a good deal (again, lashings of apologies all round). James has his own clutch of customers, including his parents who are particularly partial and I sell the odd box to my mum who savours a boiled egg for lunch. It’s in the office where I do most of my trade though, sending ‘egg alert’ emails to flag up the covetable boxes of delights I’ve brought in on the train. They’re always laid no more than two days ago and I pencil on the dates. I take enormous pleasure in receiving payment for them – it’s like playing shop as a child.

Egg earnings!

We charge £1.50 per half dozen, which compared to supermarkets is pretty competitive. The flock’s fed on organic pellets and corn, plus the greens, pasta and bread we throw their way. Not only is it immensely satisfying that we can more than cover the cost of out henkeeping hobby, but there’s a fundamentally feelgood factor about receiving money for your own produce. I have a dedicated tin for the proceeds – a Matthew Rice design just right for the coins and I enjoy emptying the contents into the large box in the kitchen cupboard when I get home. James’s dad counts the weighty earnings every few months and changed it into notes, which sit in our white china chicken till it’s time to buy more feed or more birds! The simple life, what could be better? 



3 thoughts on “The Eggtrepreneur

  1. Hi, yes it’s good to keep a steady stream of eggs coming through the winter…

    Why do they lay the least on the week that I need them for Christmas baking (I know it’s because it’s the darkest week of the year), I must remember to store some up next year!

    Our baby bantam Bunty (Choc Orp) is at POL and I’m sure she’s starting laying, due to her ‘announcements’, but I can’t find them anywhere in the garden!

    Looking forward to lighter evenings…


  2. I have ex batts, although I am planning to enlarge the flock with some posh birds next month. couple of Leghorns, couple of Crood Langshans and a couple of Marans.

    Our girls have always produced way more than we can use and I sell their eggs at £1 for 6 to my neighbours who love them. Like you, this goes into the chicken bank to purchase them pellets/corn/greens and mealworm treats. It helps to make my hobby self financing.

    I’d love a couple of Aracunas too, but have struggled to find a local breeder.

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