When my wife and I moved to the farm in august 2013, we arrived with 13 hens. The hens were a little over a year and a half old. Those 13 hens were laying around 9 – 10 eggs a day.
With that 9 – 10 eggs a day I tried to estimate how many chickens and eggs my family would need during a long term SHTF situation. In a previous article we got an estimated number of around 75 chickens or so to satisfy our egg and chicken meat production needs.
In the past 3 months something happened that has thrown a serious kink into my chicken flock plans.
Out of the original 13 hens, only 8 remain.
Out of the 24 chicks my wife and I bought in February 2014, only about 12 remain.
In other words, we have lost about 1/2 of our flock in the past few months.