Downsizing our Chicken Flock

June 10, 2011
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It was a very good day.  About a month ago, we sold half of our chickens.  An unusual feeling of happy giddiness overwhelmed me that day as I thought of those birds leaving my farm for good.  I still think of that day and it makes me smile. 

Now, don’t get me wrong…. I love farm fresh chicken eggs.  However, we learned that there is a limit to the amount of chickens one can have before it begins to drive you insane.  Our limit is way under 120 birds.   

Now life is back to a manageable level.  We have 50% less birds flying around the back yard.  Not only did the visibility level back to the barn clear up, but my back porch was covered in 50% less poop and we made money on the deal.  3 years of fresh eggs from these chickens and we sold them for more than we paid for them originally. 

Now of course, I didn’t factor in the massive feed bill or the damaging effects to ones mental health when having to deal with that many birds at one time…but my kids were happy with the large bills the visitor handed over to them and he thanked us kindly for the price break on 7 additional roosters. 

Really…it was no problem!

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5 Responses to Downsizing our Chicken Flock

  1. Cathy
    June 11, 2011 at 6:48 am

    I am smiling at your post here.  Dan thought if 20 chickens were a good thing, 200 would be that much better.  Not so much.  I remember with glee when our were sold.  Now we raise 50 in a large fenced pasture/with house for eating and have 18 for eggs.  Of course there are just two of us (plus Bryan & family, my sister, folds at work etc.).  However  10-15 eggs a day provides for all!!  We sold eggs (not profitable), cooked them for our dogs & pigs, etc.   But the day our flock diminished was a great day!

    • June 21, 2011 at 9:21 am

      We also sold eggs which we found was also not profitable after you took out the feed costs, time and effort, transporting, stress from having so many chickens around and the damage they can do when they get somewhere they aren’t supposed to be –it was a lot of work.

      I love farm eggs so much—they are so valuable around here! It’s calmed down quite a bit since we downsized.

      Collecting eggs never gets old to us…it’s like we are finding new treasure each morning.

  2. Claire
    June 10, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    Hahaha!! Free roosters? Pray tell, why were they free? 😉

  3. June 10, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    Hey that is great! I can totally relate.We have a jersey bull running around keeping me scared half to death right now. Builds character right. By the way since you have some extra room aon your farm would you like some kittens.We have extra.

    • June 21, 2011 at 9:11 am

      no kittens… we have just enough cats right now!!!

      yeah…the bull running around outside is rather unnerving! Our bull isn’t that big actually…but he’s a bull and I’m told they get meaner as they get older.