In your face agricultural-industrial complex!
It took five months, about $600, and daily work, but two of our birds just laid their first eggs. These are the small eggs they lay when they start, but they’ll get bigger as the birds get older. Diamond and Ruby are the stars of the day: Amber is still slacking off, but we expect her to start producing any day now. (I keep a KFC bucket by the coop to remind them what happens to birds wot don’t produce.)
As for the cost, the folks in our 4H club introduced me to the idea of Chicken Math: the first egg costs about $600. Every egg after that is free.