Finding an egg in the nesting box is always a pleasant surprise. I can’t help it, I get excited. And after nearly 6 months of having chickens, the novelty of finding eggs isn’t wearing off!
Our egg production has been varied. We started with only 1 chicken laying, so only getting the odd egg ever few days. Then 2 were laying, so we were certain to get an egg every day between them. When the third girl started her feeble attempt (it took her a while to get the hang of proper sized eggs, some were like peas!), the first chicken started to moult and stopped laying.
Throughout Winter 2 out of 3 were producing eggs, and we were getting around 10 per week. Apparently, for Winter that’s not too bad.
Last month, February, Snowball decided she was ready to start laying again, so we’re up to 3 out of 3 laying. Yesterday we got 3 eggs in one day – that’s never happened before – and hopefully it’s a sign of things to come.
With only 2 of us in the house, we don’t eat all the eggs. So we’ve started selling them. We decided £1 for a box of 6 eggs was fair enough, and nervously put our first box out in December. We practically sat in the window twitching the net curtains, waiting for the box to sell. And it did sell.
We have a few neighbours who regularly buy our eggs when we put them out for sale, plus a few strangers passing by. We’re in a quiet residential street, so we don’t have much passing trade, but hopefully enough to sell what we have spare.
Selling the eggs has earned enough to buy their next bag of pellets and shell, which means they are earning their keep and wont cost us anything going forwards.
Well done girls! Keep up the good work!