1,000 White Eggs

February 11, 2009
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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!

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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.

5 Responses to 1,000 White Eggs

  1. February 14, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    QF Mom – As you eluded to, book knowledge is good, but practical application is better!

    When I consider the things I have learned (not memorized for a test, but truly learned) they were things that I needed to know to get a job done. We use the chickens to either a) introduce a new concept, such as profit and loss statements, or b) to drive home core principles, like making change for a $20.

    Because our son has a need for the knowledge and he can immediately see how it is useful to him his motivation factor is much higher than it would be than if he was just reading a book about the topic. The short of it is we look for ways to exploit this motivation for his long term benefit. :)

    Some of the way the chickens help to accomplish that are:
    Collecting and counting eggs
    Keeping up with feed cost
    Figuring the percentage of lost eggs (broken verse “sellable”)
    Also percentage of brown eggs verse white eggs in relation to the total number of birds
    Basic profit and loss statements
    Counting money as he collects payments and issues change
    Figuring feed ratios per bird based on total feed cost and total feed type / amount

    There are probably a dozen more opportunities for him to learn and refine math skills with this business, but those are a few that come to mind as I’m typing this.

    I’m hoping to cover this more thoroughly as I get back to my raising sons to be men articles. But the best thing to do is just to look for opportunities.

  2. February 14, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    Mike – Thanks for the encouraging comments. One of the most exciting things about living this life and working on the blog is hearing the testimonies of others who God is leading down this path. I pray that God would give us a chance to meet one day and hear the stories of His faithfulness in our families!

  3. February 12, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    How awesome is that!?
    That is home education at its best.

  4. February 12, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    Praise the Lord!
    We just bought our first batch of egg layers. Red Stars!!! We’re busy getting customers and busy learning all about our chickens.

    Could you share more in how you use this as your Math? Our 16 yr old will be spending the rest of the year raising the chickens for our new business venture, so any help in transferring this to real life, rather than the text book, would be a real tidbit of wise advice for us.

    Thanks!
    Blessings,
    The Liebl’s in WI
    Legacy Hills Homestead

  5. vinicius
    February 12, 2009 at 11:08 am

    thanks for sharing about the egg production. my family and i have been following your blog for some time. we are so please with the direction you are taking in your walk with the LORD. if He wills, perhaps we’ll meet someday and be able to talk about how closely our lives are mirrored. pass along our best wishes and heartiest amens to your children!

    Mike Thisse