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!