Colored Eggs Are Fun on the Farm

Your teacher told me that you would be learning about graphs soon. I thought it would be fun to make a graph about the different colors of eggs that I found each day last week.

I’m pretty happy that I have some chickens that lay blue-ish eggs this year. I’ve been wanting some eggs that are different colors for a long time.

I also have a chicken that lays white eggs. That’s unusual on our farm. We usually have chickens that lay brown or green eggs.

How many chickens do you have?

We have about 20 chickens. Some are one year old, and a few are 3 or 4 years old. The older chickens don’t lay many eggs, but they are friendly and I like them. All the chickens eat a lot of the bugs in the pasture and the yard during the spring and summer, so I don’t mind keeping a few chickens that don’t lay many eggs.

Chickens are so fun to watch. I think they have very pretty feathers. Some are very friendly and don’t mind being picked up. Some are shy and stay away from humans.

Where do the chickens hide their eggs?

I love it when the chickens lay their eggs in the nesting boxes. Imagine if every time someone put away the dishes and things in your kitchen, they put things away in a different spot. Sometimes it’s tiresome to figure out where things get put.

I like this chicken. She always lays her eggs in the nesting box.

A lot of my chickens lay in nesting boxes. It makes it easy to collect eggs.

Sometimes they hide them in spots inside the barn that are hard to reach.

Sometimes they lay in the hay feeders inside the barn. That’s an easy place to reach.

A few chickens liked this spot this week.

Sometimes the chickens lay eggs out in the hay shed. There is a sneaky chicken who buried her egg. Can you see it in the photo?

There it is, partly buried in the hay.

Some of the chickens like to lay eggs out in the shelter on the East side of the barn. It looks like a quiet, safe place to lay eggs.

Graphing

Since you are learning about graphing, I thought it would be fun to keep track of how many eggs I got each day over the last week. I have chickens that lay brown eggs, green-ish blue eggs, and one chicken that lays white eggs.

I kept track of eggs that I collected every day. I have one older hen that lays brown eggs with speckles. I added her eggs to the brown eggs. You can go back and see how many eggs she laid over the week. Not very many, but I always think they are fun to look at.

I made a chart showing how many eggs I collected each day. Everyone looking at the chart can see that I have a lot of chickens that lay brown eggs, a few chickens that lay green-ish eggs, and just one chicken that lays white eggs.

This is the graph. Now you can really see how many brown eggs I get each week!

I can use this information to see how much each dozen eggs costs when I know how much it costs for food.

This week I collected 111 eggs. That is 9 dozen eggs, plus 3 extra.

A bag of feed costs $ 21.49 from IFA in American Fork, UT. I use about 1/2 of the bag each week.

That math ends up at $10.75 of feed per week. The do eat a little more in the winter, and a little less food in the summer when they can eat bugs in the pasture. But just to see how much our eggs cost in feed, that number will be good enough.

$10.75 in feed divided by 9.25 dozen eggs = $1.16 per dozen eggs.

You might think that is all there is, but it’s really not.

I need a coop for the chickens. I also have to pay electricity to keep their water from freezing in the winter. I had to buy feeders and waterers for the chickens. The chickens also need bedding like hay or straw (no blankets and sheets for chickens!)

Chickens stop laying eggs after a few years so I need to buy new chicks every few year. I have to feed them a lot of food before they lay eggs.

Even though it looks like it only costs $1.16 for me to have a dozen eggs, the costs are a lot higher. It’s worth it to our family because we love fresh eggs from our own chickens. A lot of other families feel the same way.

Daisy isn’t really mad. She’s just wondering where her breakfast is.

Many families enjoy raising chickens as a hobby, and they love the fresh eggs that they get. Do you remember my friend Amy? She loves chickens so much that she has a store just for chicken supplies! She also loves teaching people about raising chickens.

It is important to check the cost of feed and equipment for raising chickens every once in a while. It’s also important to remember that chickens take time and need a few other things besides food.

Everyone needs to know how to do math. Even farmers and chicken owners!

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