Working to close in the runThe past two weeks have been filled with a combination of advances and set backs. But, at long last, the chickens will have their day in the sun. The group has decided to purchase grown hens from a local farm and they arrive tomorrow.

I'd promised to post updates on this experiment come success or failure. Thus far, we've had a bit of both.
Motivating the group has been the big challenge. In principle everyone is stoked to raise chicks, control the supply of their eggs and enjoy eating the spoils of their labor. In practice, it's that last word, labor, that has been holding the group up.

We've had two members drop off since we concocted the idea, and two other step in to take their places. And it's been a bit like pulling teeth to bring everyone together and get the work done. Truth be told each of us did some share of the work needed to get the coop ready for tomorrow's arrivals, but it was far from equal. I'm hoping time will make up for this early failure of the shared-work principle. The next test will be the feeding and care schedule.

I've devised what appears to be an equitable method for splitting duties and rewards. Each member is required to pay a predetermined number of trips to the coop per month based on the number of chickens that member owns. When the scheduled member visits the coop to clean and feed, they collect the days eggs. More chickens = more visits = more eggs.  If the scheduled person flakes out on their day, someone else will take over the chores and reap the reward of the day's eggs as payment for their time. Feed cost will be shared by each member based on the percentage owned of total hens in the hen house.

Will this theoretically reasonable model for maintenance and care pan out? Only time will tell. I will say this for certain: expect an update later this week while I'm eating my first RECESS omelet.

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