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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!

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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!

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