We found our first egg in the nest box on December 15th. Since that day all seven of our girls have started laying and we average about half a dozen a day. Our girls give us so many eggs that we can give away dozens of eggs a week to friends and family. Yesterday we passed the 500 mark. (We keep a spreadsheet to analyze this whole chicken raising endeavor.) So are backyard chickens worth it? We think absolutely. There's nothing quite like going out to the coop, reaching in the nest box to get an egg, and taking it inside to use in a recipe. It's also nice to know that our girls have a happy home and they give us some very tasty eggs.