The pay-to-lay system

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It was our first agricultural business transaction. The last time we bought chicken feed, the nice people at Cape Feed and Supply told us they happily sell their customers’ eggs to other customers, who happily buy them. For every dozen we bring in, we get a $2. store credit. They sell the eggs for $3.99, and everybody wins.

Yesterday, we brought in four dozen eggs. A fifty-pound bag of layer pellets was $11.42, including tax. Although we had to subsidize to the tune of $3.42 (and do the heavy lifting) the chickens just about paid for their own food. Kevin said we were pimping them out, but I thought it was perfectly wholesome. Birds, supporting themselves and keeping us in eggs!

I’m going to have a word with the cat.

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Comments

  1. Maybe if you sold the chicken fertilizer you could turn a profit… Or you could always find the birds a Sugar Daddy…

  2. I was going to suggest putting a “EGGS FOR SALE” sign in your yard to get rid of all the eggs. But gee you have some one to sell them for you & people to come into shop! It can’t get much easier than that unless you didn’t get the chickens in the first place. But then look at all the garbage you would be wasting.

  3. Mavis — We have plans to barter our fertilizer to a very accomplished gardener of our acquaintance. She gets chicken poop, we get vegetable seedlings. Not a bad deal, eh?

    Twoe — We’ve considered the “Eggs for Sale” approach, but our property makes it difficult. We live on a fairly busy road, with no place to pull over and a VERY long driveway. Our barter deal for the feed is the next best thing.

  4. ..word with the cat. Good luck with that.