Want to start raising Chickens for your own eggs?
So, you want to start raising chickens for your own eggs? If your like me and you want to be a little more self-reliant in these crazy time, raising chicken can provide you with a steady source of protein with out having to kill anything might be what your are looking for! I convinced my wife on the idea of having some chickens on the farm. It is the best thing we did. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
Having the only pet that poops breakfast great! Not only do you wake up every morning where fresh eggs are waiting on you to harvest and you didn’t even have to strain for it. The hens will keep you smiling! They are funny little girls. The way they walk and run will make you giggle along with the sounds they make. They make a wooing sound that is hypnotizing. They always have an eye on you to.
How much does it cost to raise chickens for eggs
Raising chickens for eggs will coast you around $25 to $50 depending on the types of feed and supplements that are used. On a hobby farm these prices can be lowered by using alternative means when raising chickens. Feeding table food scrapes, allowing the chickens to free range will reduce your feed cost at the same time producing healthier chickens.
The cost to raise chickens for eggs can vary depending on several factors, such as the cost of feed, housing, and healthcare. Here is a breakdown of some of the costs you can expect to incur when raising chickens for eggs:
- Chickens: The cost of the chickens themselves can vary depending on the breed and age of the birds. Younger birds tend to be less expensive, but will take longer to start laying eggs. You can expect to pay anywhere from $2.00 to $10.00 per chick.
- Coop and Supplies: You’ll need a coop to house your chickens, as well as supplies like feeders, waterers, and nesting boxes. You can either build your own coop or purchase one, which can cost anywhere from a few hundred dollars to several thousand dollars.
- Feed: Chickens need a balanced diet that includes chicken feed and kitchen scraps. You can expect to spend around $15 to $20 per month on feed for each chicken.
- Healthcare: Chickens require regular healthcare, including vaccinations and deworming. You may also need to provide medical treatment if your chickens become ill. The cost of healthcare can vary depending on the services required.
Overall, the cost to raise chickens for eggs can range from a few hundred dollars to several thousand dollars, depending on the size of your flock and the quality of the supplies and equipment you use. However, with the right care and attention, your chickens can provide a steady supply of fresh eggs and may even generate some income through egg sales.
4 Supplies needed to raise chickens
- Chicken layer feed
- Chicken Calcium supplement
- Chicken Grit
- Wood shavings- if raised inside
Monthly Cost to raise chickens
|Chickens||Layer Fed||Calcium Last 6 months||Grit 3-6 months||Wood shaving|
|6 Layers||$15 – $30 organic||$20||$10||$10 -$15 per bag|
|12 Layers||$30 – $60 organic||$10 -$15 per bag|
|24 Layers||$60 – $120 organic||$20||$10 -$15 per bag|
|48 Layers||$120 – $240 organic||$20||$10 -$15 per bag|
The cost of feeding chickens can be reduced by adding in other alternative feed sources when raising chickens.
4 Ways To Save Money Raising Chickens
- Free range
- Feed kitchen scraps
- Grow mealworms
- Ferment Chicken Feed
5 Free range chicken benefits
- Healthier Chickens
- Eggs will be more nutrient dense
- Lower Feed Cost
- Lowers Bug Population on your land
- Ads More Proteins to the chickens diet
Free range chicken benefits start with promoting healthier chickens by receiving daily exercise that will intern remove on wanted bugs and pest from your property, simultaneously providing more natural protein to the chickens. Lowers the feed cost to raise the chickens and at the end makes happier chickens. Win Win no matter how you look at it.
Feed chickens kitchen food scraps
Feeding Kitchen scraps is a great idea. Chickens can eat almost anything. Never feed your hens food scrapes that contain anything high in salt or too much fat. No rotten or rancid food waste.
What food is bad for chickens?
8 foods bad to feed chickens
- Raw potato
- Dried beans or dried rice
- chocolate or candy
- Junk food
Grow mealworms to feed chickens
My chickens love the dried mealworms you can buy for them as treats. I have since embarked on a new venture. I am breeding my own meal worms to feed my chickens. It takes time for them to move from the worm stage, pupa stage then to beetles. I plan on making a blog post that covers the method to breed your own mealworms if you want to start a new project to feed your chickens more natural protein.
What do I need to raise chickens in my backyard
Also check out my blog post on What do I need to raise chickens in my backyard
14 Best Chickens for Eggs on your Hobby Farm
If you are looking for the Best egg laying chickens here is a list of the top hens on the list. The cart below of the Best Egg Laying Chickens will provide some frequently ask questions about each hen.
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