Good Business

As our first year of homeschooling is rolling into our next year of homeschooling, economics learning is in full swing! We're learning the basics of running a business by selling the eggs our chickens lay. With ten chickens and a duck, we collect a lot of eggs! Even so, we consistently sell what we have, after reserving what we need for our own use. Helping a nine year old understand the difference between revenue and profit has been quite interesting. Who knew we could learn so much from chickens?!

We track which birds are laying, eggs that are accidentally broken, dozens that are sold, eggs that are cooked... Every single egg is accounted for. As it turns out, our brood pays for itself... with a little funds left over. Tracking these numbers are important for any business, but for some entrepreneurs it is especially important- it offers important insight into how much can be given away.

When we started this flock, the hatchery from which our chicks were purchased, donated one extra chick, called a "meal-maker." The purpose of the meal-maker is to feed a family in need. So, in accepting the free chick, we agreed to donate her eggs to help a family in our community. Since my business partner and I are such meticulous record-keepers, we know exactly how many fresh eggs can be donated.

This is Dorothy. We named her after Dorothy Day because Janie Kathryn wanted our donations to go to The Dorothy Day House of Hospitality. I had wondered how we could actually help a family with a chicken, but JK's idea was perfect! The Dorothy Day House helps families who are experiencing temporary homelessness stay together during hard times and the eggs of Dorothy-the-chicken could be given to the residents.

Dorothy is all grown up, now. And we are ready to donate her share of the inventory. Though we aren't actually donating eggs that come from Dorothy, we are donating the equivalent number of eggs she adds to our inventory. It's just good business!

If you're interested:
This is the curriculum we have enjoyed, while learning about economics. If you are interested in reading more about The Dorothy Day House, check out other posts about service learning or visit their website.

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