Chickens Stories from Our Nest

Our First Sale

Today I was at my son’s school helping in the classroom.  One of my friends was there as well.  Together with the group, we helped create a worm composter with the kids.  As we created the composter by adding layers of damp newspaper, soil, egg shells, kitchen scraps, cardboard and worms, we talked about what worms liked to eat.  Interestingly enough, I was quick to point out that they eat almost the same diet as the chickens.  The kids thought that was funny!  Amongst the giggling, I told them worms eat almost everything except for citrus and onions. 

My friend then asked how many eggs we were getting per day.  I replied about 4.  She asked if I would sell her some.  I knew I had an extra dozen in the fridge from this week.  “Sure, my chickens eat an organic diet too!”, I replied.  With that said, she asked the price for a dozen and I told her $4.  I never in a million years would have thought that while building a worm composter, I would have my first sale.  No wait,  I never in a million years would have thought that I would go from being a city girl in Los Angeles to a Cape Cod Mom raising backyard chickens!

  • Just lovely! I gift some of my banty eggs to friends. Kudos on the gorgeous website. My little experience started with my blog and new chicks. boisebackyardchickens.blogger.com

  • Amy

    I had about 50 chickens on a large plot of land in which they free-ranged. I had lavender bantams, pekins, black bantams, australops, isa browns, white chickens, etc. I even have about 5 roosters which I never seemed to get rid of because they had so much character! When our hens became broody we usually let them sit on their eggs. lavender bantams were the ones who became broody the most and they hatched about 20 chicks out in total. I had the white hen become broody too and hatch 4 chicks. We used an old shed to keep them in and they would free-range just about anywhere and then return home. The only predators we had to worry about were foxes (being in England) but we only had them over the hedge which is why I had to install a fence there which did the trick in stopping the foxes from eating the chickens. I remember my australops had gotten attacked by a fox and the majority of them survived but one had a deep cut in her. So we superglued her back and it worked! She was the same as before although it took time for her to recover. Anyway, I had a lady down the road who would by about 2 dozens of eggs weekly and another old lady who bought 1 dozen weekly so we made good money out of the hens. We wanted them to have the eggs for free but they insisted on paying $5 per dozen. We had so much chickens that were laying eggs that we didn’t really need ALL of the eggs. We also did little market sales and sold the eggs along with baked goods, dairy, bath bombs and soaps.