Skip to Content

Are Your Happy Hens Paying Their Rent?

Sharing is caring!

Where Are My Eggs Going??

For the past few years, we have followed a pattern of haphazardly collecting eggs and selling them when we have “eggcess.”  (Sorry, I had to!)  The money earned went to feed and supplies, but I never really kept track.  This year I’m on a new mission!

** This page contains affiliate links. Purchasing from these helps to support our site, giving us a small commission without increasing the rate you pay. Thank you for your support of A Chick And Her Garden! ~ Staci

I need to know what these girls are putting back into my homestead, besides filling our bellies with delicious and healthy eggs and meat.


I know that in the summer they are feeding themselves, which definitely makes things easier around here!  But, then comes fall and winter.  We give them their rest, without adding supplemental light, which you can read more about in Why We Don’t Add Lights To The Chicken Coop.  But this tends to put a strain on us, during these months.

When I sat down to think about where all the eggs go, it wasn’t as simple as what we eat and what we sell.  We love sharing with our family.  But we also use them to barter, or as a thank you.  We have neighbors that plow for us and share their perennials.  Or a neighbor that helps cut up a tree.


We swap with friends for produce, or drop off a dozen to friends that just bought a new home.  And another drain on the egg money cup, would be those trips to the brew pub down the road after a long day of work, for a beverage and good company.  It’s too easy to grab a few bucks and not think anything of it!

Share the love! Pin Me For Later!!The ultimate goal for us, is to have our chickens pay for themselves. Are yours?


So, in an effort to organize our homestead shenanigans, I’m adding to the homestead management binder!  I’ve made myself two new pages to add, “Egg Production & Sales” and “Egg Barter & Donation”!  With these I will be able to track how many eggs we get in the year, how many are sold, and how many have been bartered/donated.


As for the beverage money taken out of the cup, that’s another goal we need to work on! Click the link below for access to download your copies of “Egg Production & Sales” and “Egg Barter & Donation” and other great resources!

Do you barter your eggs for services? Tell us what, in the comments!

Subscribe here for access to all of our free printables!

Looking to raise dual purpose chickens like us? Grab a copy of Dual Purpose Chickens: Raise ‘Em Like Your Grandma Did for tips from brooder box to butchering!
This post was shared on The Homestead Blog Hop

Google User

Sunday 26th of May 2019

Hi, I wasn’t able to access the printable “”Egg Production and Sales” and “Egg Barter and Donation” or find it either although i am subscribed to “A Chicken and Her Garden”? 😭

Pierre Brunet

Monday 23rd of January 2017

Unable to find the Binder doc for eggs production. sniff.

Staci Samuels

Monday 23rd of January 2017

Hi Pierre! Are you an email subscriber? You should have received an email with the password for this page if you don't have it shoot me an email! :-)

Angie Lituri

Sunday 22nd of January 2017

The colors of eggs you get are so pretty! I commend you on keeping track. One day, when I have many chickens I will follow your footsteps and do the same :)


Sunday 22nd of January 2017

Where do you get your easter eggers?

Staci Samuels

Sunday 22nd of January 2017

Actually I started with only one Easter Egger in my flock. The rest are Buff Orpingtions. I hatch eggs from the Easter Egger that are fertilized by my Buff roo. I think they turn out so pretty and they have, for the most part, carried on the colored eggs!

Skip The Bag

Saturday 21st of January 2017

How many chickens do you have? We only have 5, so we can usually keep ontop of ours, with a few half dozens to share. Thanks for sharing on the Waste Less Wednesday Blog Hop!

Staci Samuels

Saturday 21st of January 2017

We have 24 right now and raise them as a dual purpose bird so it varies! If you forget your basket and run out of room in your pockets it can be quite the juggling act!