On saving money . . . or not
I remember trying to crunch the numbers once, and I think I concluded that if your chickens were immortal and never got sick, you could break even after like 20 years. Now they have services where you can rent chickens to get a steady supply of eggs, lol!
I agree entirely! We have never added up the costs of building our coop & feeding our dozen chickens, who don’t lay more than a few eggs/day, but it would be laughable. It’s a lifestyle & luxury, not a money-saver. But it’s a fraction of what our two horses cost. I’d rather spend money on these animals than on nonessentials such as eating out.
I have a 240 square foot vegetable garden. I don’t think people have a clue how much my beautiful broccoli, tomatoes, garlic and onions they ooo and ahhh over actually cost me to grow when calculating my annual delivery of quality compost + mulch for the aisle weed fight + the organic bug killers + the seeds (cheapest part) + the time I put into the garden.