# Chickens: 2022 Year-in-Review

## Key Dates & Events

**2022-04-15**: 4 nine-week old chickens purchased from Clement Family Farms- 2 Barred Rock
- 2 Easter Egger

**2022-05-14**: 6 two-day old chicks purchased from Tractor Supply- 2 N. Hamp
- 2 Partridge
- 1 Plymouth
- 1 Welbar

**June & July, 2022**: Lost total of 6 chickens in three predator attacks**2022-07-17**: To protect chickens, purchased “Superior Construction” Chicken Coop from Tractor Supply**2022-10-26**: First egg laid (23 weeks 4 days old)

## Costs

*Note: all costs net of Tractor Supply credit card discounts*

#### Direct Fixed Costs

**$115.96**, total initial purchase cost- $100, initial purchase, 4 nine-week old chickens
- $15.96, initial purchase, 6 two-day old chicks

#### Direct Variable Costs

**$79.16**, 300 lbs of chicken feed- $17.29, 50 lbs DMR Layer Crumble - 2022-04-14
- $14.99, 50 lbs PP Cracked Corn - 2022-04-14
- $21.99, 50 lbs DMR Starter Feed - 2022-05-14
- $5.10, 50 lbs DMR Layer Crumble - 2022-08-26
- $19.79, 50 lbs DMR Layer Pellet - 2022-10-22
- $30.40, 50 lbs DMR Layer Crumble & 1 lb Chicken Forage Seed - 2022-12-31

#### Indirect Fixed Costs

**$413.68**, chicken coop**$11.98**, automatic chicken feeder (7 lbs.)**$11.98**, automatic chicken drinker (5 qts.)**$3.99**, automatic chick waterer (1 qt.)**$12.99**, brooder lamp**$10.99**, heat bulbs

#### Indirect Variable Costs

**$6.79**, TSC flake shavings

## Yield

- 127 eggs

## Cost per Egg

- Direct Fixed Costs + Direct Variable Costs Only, and excluding predation losses

$$\frac{Purchase + Feed\ Costs}{Egg\ Count} \times \frac{12\ Eggs}{Dozen} = Cost\ Per\ Dozen\ Eggs$$

$$= \frac{($115.96 - $105.55) + $79.16}{127\ eggs} = \frac{$89.57}{127\ eggs} = $0.71/egg$$

$$= $0.71/egg \times \frac{12\ eggs}{dozen} = $8.46\ per\ dozen$$

- Direct Fixed Costs + Direct Variable Costs Only, and excluding predation losses and feed from April and December, 2022

$$= \frac{($115.96 - $105.55) + ($79.16 - $32.28 - $30.40)}{127\ eggs} = \frac{$26.89}{127\ eggs} = $0.21/egg$$

$$= $0.21/egg \times \frac{12\ eggs}{dozen} = $2.54\ per\ dozen$$