I just calculated my egg production costs were I a "layer operation" wherein I would buy pullets ready to lay, let them lay at peak production for 2 years (about 5 .5 eggs per week) then Id be required to sell the pullets to "Les Compagnes du Soupe"
At that rate, where food and care per chicken is about 35cente a week, each egg would cost about 6.5 cents or 78 cents per dozen.
HOWEVER, that aint the way it works at this outfit. For us, a chicken has a job for life, a decent retirement program with full med benefits and then a decent burial. Our chickens are a fixture on the lawn. As people drive by, they usually slow down to see what theyre doing . The Amish kids throw corn .
Weve had "Henopausal" chickens last for 9 years, where they could barely walk around . Most of those never collected on their death benefits cause they were more often carried off by red tailed hawks and ONCE, by a bald eagle.