If you’re willing to pay six dollars a gallon for gas, you should be willing to step up and help the real farmers out. Here’s a few things to think about next time you are in the store bargain shopping.
Let’s face it everything in this world today costs a dollar whether it’s a mango or an apple or insert some other wholesome vegetable here. Nothing offers what the egg can offer. It is a complete meal in and of itself with proteins, good cholesterol, omega, minerals and vitamins. Why the heck can’t I charge a dollar per egg?
Next to palisade peaches, the egg is one of the most fragile commodities in the world. Chickens literally have to bust their butt for commercial farmers to make enough eggs every year, and their final reward, the soup pot.
With chickens you have to manage the input and the output properly as well as good accommodations for them to produce eggs. It either takes millions of dollars of automation or a lot of manpower to take the egg from the farm to the store.
Industrial poultry is not really feeding you eggs. It’s more like an egg substitute produced by a chicken. Our eggs versus commercial farms win every time. I don’t know what the big farms feed their chickens to produce an egg for a nickel but I can’t even come close. And my chickens are so spoiled they refuse to eat cardboard & calcium pellets.
Calculating profit, how much are your eggs really costing you?
Our eggs currently sell for $6.99 a dozen. We make about $0.75 per dozen on average we sell 50 to 80 dozen per week. You do the math, it’s more of a hobby one would think. But whether or not we make a nickel, it’s still a nickel. Once you add in the components such as seed stock, chicken, chicks, pork, and vegetables it almost runs out by the end of the year.
So, before you quit your job at Microsoft to become an egg farmer, think long and hard about the hours you’re going to have to work and the vacations you’re going to miss because your livestock won’t do well if you’re not around 365 days a year. And a chicken sitter with the new minimum wage of $15 an hour adds up pretty quick. Most trustworthy farm help will work for no less than $20 an hour.
So next time you order some food to go in the computer and it asks you how much of a tip you’d like to leave, maybe you can just save part of it and tip the person who’s working at poverty line growing and caring for your food…
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