Thank you so much for bringing me containers for milk! You'll see later why I needed so many.
This week I'm going to show you my graph. I hope you made a graph, too.
|Here is my graph.|
Does yours look the same, or different from mine?
I counted the eggs I collected each week, then entered the data into my graph.
Did you notice that there are only three bars on the first week? That's because the little grey chickens hadn't started laying their eggs yet.
There aren't very many duck eggs, or small eggs because we only have one duck, and we only have two small chickens.
Did you notice that week 1 has the fewest eggs? That's because I only counted eggs for 5 days that week, not 7 days.
|I thought you might like to see what my tracking paper looks like.|
This is how I collected the data and kept track of it each day.
The graph above looks muck nicer!
I collected 564 eggs over 5 weeks.
There are 12 eggs in each dozen.
564 ÷ 12 = 47 dozen eggs
The food we buy for the chickens costs about 20¢ per pound. The chickens and duck ate about 125 lbs of food during the 5 weeks I was counting eggs.
20¢ x 125 = $25
To find out how much each dozen eggs cost I divided $25 by 47 dozen eggs.
$25 ÷ 47 dozen = 53¢ for each dozen eggs.We didn't add the cost of water, or the cost of heating the water in the winter. Our eggs cost more in the winter because it costs more to keep the water warm. Chickens also eat more in the winter because it's cold. It also takes us time to collect and clean the eggs. And it takes time to feed and water the chickens, and to clean their pen.
If you buy eggs from the store you have to pay for all of those things, too, not just the chicken feed. You need to pay for the carton, and for a place for the chickens to live. You also have to pay someone to bring the eggs to the store!
In the spring and summer the chickens eat less food because they like to eat bugs and grass in the pasture. We're glad that the chickens eat so many bugs!
Here's a link to last years post on graphing eggs.
|Do you see something different about River's front legs?|
Her splint! We took it off on Monday and her right front leg is strong and straight!
|I thought you might like to see what our refrigerator looks like.|
Echo gives a lot of milk!
That's why we need so many containers!
Echo fills between 4 and 5 gallon containers every day.
The chickens lay a lot of eggs!
If you scroll back up to the tracking page you'll see that I wrote a note on the paper by Mon 28. That's when the turkey hen started sitting on her eggs.
Turkey's usually hatch out their eggs in about 25-28 days. How many days has it been since she started sitting?