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Old 22 September 2019, 21:01
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Yep, HH6 just bought one from Tractor Supply. I am going to put it in and see what gives. I will put the skillet beside the coop for motivation :)
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Old 23 September 2019, 00:14
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Now I have 15 baby Guineas, 5 baby ducks, and 10 baby chickens, in addition to the adults I have already. Sigh.
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Old 23 September 2019, 00:41
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I feel your pain. Need some turkeys?
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Old 27 September 2019, 17:50
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One of the gals finally got it going...one medium size brown egg. Now we are cooking :)
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Old 27 September 2019, 18:05
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Old 27 September 2019, 22:03
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One of the gals finally got it going...one medium size brown egg. Now we are cooking :)
How much do you figure the one egg cost?

My wife took honey from her bees one time this summer. When you add up all the money she spends on them, I figure those 12 jars were more expensive than 12 bottles of good bourbon.
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Old 28 September 2019, 00:24
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I've tried making spreadsheets and such to show the costs of the wife's animals but at the end of the day it boils down to happy wife happy life. At least for now.
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Old 28 September 2019, 07:54
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How much do you figure the one egg cost?

My wife took honey from her bees one time this summer. When you add up all the money she spends on them, I figure those 12 jars were more expensive than 12 bottles of good bourbon.
Yeah I have bees also. In my opinion honey should be about $120 a quart! At least I have enough egg now for a McMuffin!
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Old 28 September 2019, 08:01
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It's way cheaper to buy eggs unless you have a large enough flock to sell eggs. My neighbor and I split a flock and it's about a push on what we make vs feeding/care costs.
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Old 28 September 2019, 08:31
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I've tried making spreadsheets and such to show the costs of the wife's animals but at the end of the day it boils down to happy wife happy life. At least for now.
Spot on. While she's not making money beekeeping, it's much more productive than other possible hobbies.
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Yeah I have bees also. In my opinion honey should be about $120 a quart! At least I have enough egg now for a McMuffin!
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Old 28 September 2019, 11:06
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I once gave a guy on the job site some old lead window weights that would gone in the trash. He offered fresh eggs in return. He said his wife and MIL raised chickens.

The next day I got four flats of ungraded fresh eggs.

Me:how many chickens y’all got?

Him, they got four coops...

Of 11k each.

They sold them to the local grocery stores.

I’m pretty sure he work just to stay away from the house. Good dude, good Carpenter. I wish I could remember his name.
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Old 28 September 2019, 12:29
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I had a small flock years ago, and donated most of the eggs to the local old folks home. When they stopped laying... chicken soup.
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Old 28 September 2019, 14:40
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Spot on. While she's not making money beekeeping, it's much more productive than other possible hobbies.

The power of positive thinking.
Bees gotta be cheaper than horses......
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Old 29 September 2019, 03:58
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Bees gotta be cheaper than horses......
Bees gotta be cheaper than dogs. 11(May be more, been gone for a couple months) collies may not be cheaper than 2 or 3 horses....
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Old 29 September 2019, 04:56
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I've run the numbers.
Everything's cheaper than horses, except redheads.

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Old 29 September 2019, 10:37
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I've run the numbers.
Everything's cheaper than horses, except redheads.

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Old 29 September 2019, 13:50
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I had a small flock years ago, and donated most of the eggs to the local old folks home. When they stopped laying... chicken soup.
We have 14 chickens and 2 acres of land. I swear it's a battle to keep those damn birds on our land, as they seem to live by the mantra of "the grass is greener on the other side".

It's also a constant battle to find out where they've decided to lay their eggs every day. I swear they do it to just piss me off.

But I love fresh eggs. Cost-wise, it may not make sense, but having a pile of fresh eggs available every day definitely makes it worth it. I just hate dealing with dumb chickens.
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Old 29 September 2019, 23:20
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Here is a general layout and some pictures of my stalls. They are about 18 years old. They are designed to be daisy chained in a row. The green outline are treated 2x 6s and the red outline are southern yellow pine tongue and groove 2x6's. I typically start the bottom row with a treated 2 x 6 as well.
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Old 29 September 2019, 23:27
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A few more pix.....

OK, back to chickens
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Old 30 September 2019, 09:22
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We have 14 chickens and 2 acres of land. I swear it's a battle to keep those damn birds on our land, as they seem to live by the mantra of "the grass is greener on the other side".

It's also a constant battle to find out where they've decided to lay their eggs every day. I swear they do it to just piss me off.

But I love fresh eggs. Cost-wise, it may not make sense, but having a pile of fresh eggs available every day definitely makes it worth it. I just hate dealing with dumb chickens.
Do they have a coup and nesting boxes?
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