$5.00 dozen at HEB in Texas and at farmers market
Usually $6, have another place I go when I can where they are $4.50
I get them from my own chickens now, and usually bring them to work for people for free I can never eat the number just my own 10 hens produce.
That said, I haven't had a white egg in months. Mine come out yellow, blue, and pink.
Its kinda hard to when I can get the exact eggs I'm looking for for just $2.
It was more an idea of making sure my kids experience the raising and collecting of their own food in a non-slaughterhouse manner . We already got the fruit, berries, and veggies.
6 would be more than enough for a family of 4, given they are of good laying age. I got mine as a clean up crew/tick sweeper team to patrol the other pens. I plan on slaughtering 4-5 before winter hits. They are old, had good lives, and will cost a lot to feed all winter. Plus 2 of mine are broody at present, so we will have a BIG surplus if we don't eat a few.
I wouldn't do it for money though. Just feed is about $20 a month, no matter your source. Just eggs isn't a good enough reason...your other one though, for an experience for the children, is a great one though. No mini-me's yet for me. I can't imagine trying to show this all to them.
We have 4 or 5 varieties but the Red Stars are little machines. Our Brahmas lay huge extra-large eggs and made us think a goose was sneaking into hen house.
Any money from the egg sales goes into the 'egg-kity' and then it's divided between the boys cuz they do the chicken chores.
It's been a good experience for them. The 8 y/o wants to exhibit some in 4-H.
Some people just need a sympathetic pat... On the head... With a hammer.