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Mom Blogger Tries to Sell Egg for $727.94 on eBay

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Wendy Thomas, author of a weekly newspaper column and blog on thrifty living didn't know what she was getting into when she decided on a whim to become a backyard chicken farmer.

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  After 89 days and hundreds spent on the birds, although she has some great chicken stories, she has little to show for her effort.

  Until on day 90, the first egg finally showed.

  She offers up her first chicken egg on eBay for $727.94, the amount of money she has spent to date on the upkeep of this "thrifty food source" and the true cost of this solitary egg.

  Although the chickens have ultimately been worth it in terms of entertainment and education, they would be more worth it, if someone would buy the egg.

  The ebay link and listing text follows:

  It all started innocently enough. As a writer of a weekly newspaper column and blog on thrifty living, I decided to get some chickens to raise for eggs. How much more thrifty could I be right?

  I figured why not? Backyard chicken farming seems to be all the rage. Our grandmothers did it. Even our mothers have stories of cleaning out chicken coops. How hard could it be?

  A reader contacted me and offered me 8 chicks that had been hatched by a homeschooled family. Offer accepted, piece of cake, we were going to be having lots of eggs instead of meat in our daily diet.

  Not only that, I figured my 6 kids might actually learn a thing or two about raising your own food and being respectful of the work that goes into getting food onto the table.

  We started with 8 chickens (3 of which had to be returned because they turned out to be roosters)

  Then we added 6 more exotic chickens because they were so neat looking.

  Then I went to a chicken swap and got a Seabright hen who was supposed to be one year old but who has refused to lay eggs.

  We recently went to a chicken swap and paid good money for two more grown hens in an effort to get at least one egg. (hey I'm not above cheating - I mean, seriously, all I want is one egg).

  Nothing. Not even from the two year old hen whom we were assured was an "egg-laying machine."

  Along the way, among the many things we have paid for are:

A hen house painted to look like something from a child's play farm with enclosed pen (strong enough to withstand a hurricane and more importantly the fisher cats in our neighborhood)

4 bags of feed (chicken feed is a bit of a misnomer - it's not as cheap as one might think)

2 water feeders, 2 food (feeders we quickly learned that chickens don't have the best table manners when it comes to bowls)

1 towel that had to be thrown away after my son nursed a sick chicken back to health in it (even sick chickens continue to incessantly poop)

A total of 9 purchased chickens (one top of the 5 free ones)

  After 89 days, we still had no eggs, not one single one.

  Our profit on these hens currently stands at -$729.94.

  Well today we got our first egg.

  Here it is. Behold, I offer unto you, the $729.94 egg.

  Has it been worth it?

  Well if you count the stories like little Simon being brought back from the dead by my son, Morgan the chicken-chicken who likes to be held in your arms and pet like a cat, or Zelda, the chicken who didn't like to be caged and who sent me on a 20 minute frolic through the woods hobbling on a recently operated knee before I could catch her using a hastily constructed twig net a la Bear Grylls, then yes, I suppose it is worth it. We will certainly never be at a loss for stories at the Thanksgiving table.

  But it would be even more worth it if someone just bought this damn egg.

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3 comments so far | Post a comment now
dontbeaman September 25, 2009, 10:05 AM

i think you treat your chickens like pets, mine lay a dozen eggs a week i have 3

treat them like barnyard animals dont hug and kiss and talk to them it makes em nervous

NormalLogic September 25, 2009, 10:42 AM

hehe…if the kind of logic used by this person counts as “mom logic” I fear for the children. Chickens are not pets, they are fast vegetables. If you had raised the roosters for 6 months you could have eaten them. If they are not laying eat them. I grew up with chickens. How you managed to spend almost $1000 taking care of a dozen chickens is beyond me. In the words of the Internet FAIL.

Wendy  September 25, 2009, 11:26 AM

Chickens are fast vegetables? That’s a bit harsh no?

We have no intention of eating our birds, we just figure that we are all in this together.

And may I say, that you may not have truly lived until you’ve had a chicken fall asleep in your arms?


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