Cheeper to keep chickens?

When we lived in the cottage, we were given five ex-battery hens and a henhouse as a house warming gift. After a while, we wondered if it was a practical joke as apart from the benefit of eggs, the chickens desecrated our back garden. They also pecked Maggie on the bum so often that she refused to pee or poo out back unless it was the middle of the night and an emergency, or first thing in the morning before the chickens were let out.
We ended up making a run for them so that although they were outside, they weren’t roaming as free as they had been, but Maggie was still having none of it.

In town today I had the shock of my life at the price of eggs.
I had been paying around £1.35 for a tray of 15 of mixed sizes and the last tray had three with double yolks. With giving Maya an egg in her breakfast as we’d done with Maggie,
I only had four left so wanted to get some more.

Prices for six started at £1.89. There were no cheap trays of 15 left (now £1.59) and no gaps on the shelf where cheap half dozen boxes may have been. I was gobsmacked and walked out of the shop in disgust thinking we could get cheaper elsewhere.
I was wrong. I could get a box of 10 for just under £2 but that was about it. I left.
Finally, we went into the Co-op on the way home and I paid £1.35 for 6 free range eggs and asked the cashier why prices had risen so sharply in so short a time. She said she had no idea as everything on their delivery this week was a lot higher in price than previously.

I looked it up when I got home and a lot of it is down to the latest bout of avian flu and another culling of thousands of birds.
Looking at various supermarket websites, we can expect to pay upwards of £1.25 for 6 now depending where we shop.
Maya is actually helping us by not having eaten her breakfast and eggs for the last few days, so we shall not be adding one every morning now.
This is Scraggy, the only chicken we named and the last one to pass away. She was found ‘asleep’ on the nesting box in the hen house after we had rehomed her and two of her friends. It was easier to rehome a group of chickens rather than one or two as others in an existing flock could attack them, sometime fatally. She had been the scruffiest and skinniest of the five, but in the end was the most beautiful.

Maybe we should consider getting another half a dozen as by selling the excess eggs was sufficient to keep them in feed and straw.

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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14 Responses to Cheeper to keep chickens?

  1. peNdantry says:

    Sorry to hear about the loss of Scraggy. I guess the good news is that Maggie doesn’t run the risk of getting pecked any more?

    • We moved out of the cottage in 2014 and lost Maggie in 2020, but we’d been on the boat in between that so no chickens, just swans, ducks moorhens and herons and they kept their distance!

  2. willowdot21 says:

    I have never kept chickens but I should imagine they are hard work 😵‍💫💜

  3. murisopsis says:

    My SIL has chickens – but they haven’t been laying since the weather has been so variable. The price of eggs has been climbing here too. The grocery had a sale last week and I got 2 dozen. I’m hoping they last me until the end of the month as we don’t eat a lot of eggs.

  4. Carol anne says:

    Scraggy, thats a cute name for a chicken! I’d love to get to pet a chicken! Lol!

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