Funny story.... I had 6 chickens. I got about 3 eggs a day, which was very exciting! My co-workers knew this. I was at a different clinic than normal one day. I come back the next and there is a hand written note from one of our Physicians which read, "Kelly, do you want more chickens?" I followed up on it and a patient fell and broke her leg while caring for her birds :( So she decided that she wanted to give them a good home. I love that this Physician cared enough about her to even help her find a chicken home! I also loved that I got first dibs!
Long story short, I met an amazing lady and now have 15 chickens and a guinea fowl. Today I brought several dozen eggs to work to share! :D They are beautiful eggs, too. I have about 4 different hen breeds, and they lay green, blue, brown, pink, and speckled eggs!
I did some math. I get about 7 eggs a day. That is 210 eggs a month. I eat about 3 a day. That is 120 eggs to gift or sell. Let's say I sell a dozen for $3. That's $30 a month, which pays for all my feed right now. I'm also working towards growing the chicken's food by using organic scraps, black soldier fly larvae, worms, and plants.
I also use a deep litter method which is already producing nearly free compost.
Of course I'm not getting rich off of 15 hens if you look at money, but my soul is a little richer!
You should have seen that same Physician who referred me to the chicken's previous mama when I have him a tray of eggs today! He couldn't believe I didn't dye the eggs those lovely colors. My co-workers took little handfuls of eggs home, smiling and laughing at such a crazy thing to do. Some already want to buy from me.
I really connected with people I hadn't before, even though we work together EVERY DAY. I thought you all would appreciate a little happy story of a new Crazy chicken lady! lol!
"Tell me not in mournful numbers, life if but an empty dream." Longfellow
$3 a dozen is cheap. We have 6 birds (we had 8 but lost two of them about a month ago to coyotes) and we produce an excess of about a dozen eggs a week. My wife sells them for $6 a dozen and there is a waiting list.
If you can't sell them at $3 a dozen, raise the price to $5 and you'll have to beat the customers away with a stick.
"The rule of no realm is mine. But all worthy things that are in peril as the world now stands, these are my care. And for my part, I shall not wholly fail in my task if anything that passes through this night can still grow fairer or bear fruit and flower again in days to come. For I too am a steward. Did you not know?" Gandolf
My wife and I raise chickens and she sells the eggs to her coworkers also. Similar to Kelly's chickens mentioned above, ours also lay blue, green, light brown, dark brown, and sometimes speckled brown eggs. The colored shells are fun and people love them, and they also really love the dark orange yolks. She sells them for $5 a dozen, has been for several years now, and there is always more demand than supply.
"Study books and observe nature; if they do not agree, throw away the books." ~ William A. Albrecht