Last year when a restaurant told us they only wanted white eggs we reluctantly started researching white egg layers. It was not that we have anything against white egg layers, but we had just purchased around 40 brown egg layers and the brown eggs just seem more “back to the farm”.
None the less, we purchased 100 White Leghorns raised them, fed them….fed them some more and now they are producing eggs. In fact they are producing a lot of nice size white eggs for us. So many that we just surpassed 1,000 eggs these little guys have provided so far this year!
If you click on the image you can see our home school business math class as our 13 year old maintains a SharePoint list to keep up with his eggs production, feed costs, and customer purchases.
You find some interesting facts out when you track your production and your sales. For instance he found that although he had no eggs left at the end of January, he had a deficit of 34 dozen eggs between what he collected and what he sold. Does any want to guess how many eggs a family of 10 eats in a month? Apparently about 34 dozen!
What this means in practical terms is that in January our 13 year old was able to produce and sell enough eggs, to pay for his feed cost, put a little bit of cash in his pockets, and provide about $70 worth of eggs for our family economy. At the very practical level, this child blessed his family this month. We are loving the lessons the farm provides.