Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Chicks, guys dig em'
Another friend loaned me a chicken tractor till I can build my own (we won't need it for at least a month though). Mostly, I borrowed it so I can see if chicken raising is right for us without the commitment of building a chicken tractor.
I expect that these chickens will start laying by the end of summer. We figured if they each lay about 300 eggs per year, that's 900 eggs. We pay a little less than $.25/egg. My math is not usually the best, but my calculator says that's $225 worth of eggs. About a third of that will be feed. So, I'll pay $75 to get over $200 worth of eggs. But the real value is in the experience in raising them and having my kids learn right along with me.
The egg man sexed them by first lifting them up and checking between their legs. Then he checked feathers- females have an extra row at birth under their wings. Then finally, just to show off, he pulled out a string with a nut tied at the end. He hung the string over the backs of the chicks while he held them in the other hand. If the nut swung in a circle, it was a girl; straight back and forth, it was a rooster. :)
BTW, this is the chicken tractor I want to build.
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