Oreo has definitely outgrown her cardboard computer box/chicken coop. She’s gotten used to her wings and flies out whenever she feels like it now…which is all the time. We had to either drape a towel over the top or accept her following us around the house. An upgrade was overdue, so it was off to Lowe’s for supplies.
There were quite a few design concepts discussed ranging from simple to extravagant. Since I had the cash, simple won out. Oreo is cute and all, but I still want to know what these organic eggs are costing us. The chicken coop supplies were $53 bringing our total up to $83. Of course, she’ll cost us more money in feed; chicks have to eat too. But that should be it. Chickens live off needs not wants – she needs food, water and shelter safe from the racoons. Done!
To this point, we’re at $2.37 a carton. That’s a conservative estimate based on the fact that she’ll produce between 200 and 250 eggs per year for two years. To put it in a different number, I’m hoping for about 35 cartons. And for one last number, $53 really isn’t a whole lot of money to spend for a full family day. A trip to Mote Marine and Selby Gardens would have cost us $51, and Ringling would have cost $60. Yes, Oreo has been a good investment.