Well, you see, my friend doesn't really care or even know if he wants chickens ... he just bought this new incubator and enjoys playing with it. My chicks have previously all been ordered and I paid $3/ea for them. But I've been running a rooster with them and I think it's pretty remarkable to hatch chickens from your own eggs.
But already I have 7 chickens that are 9 months old, 40 month old chicks, and now I'm getting half of the 24 that have just hatched. I'm hopeful that I can sell that many eggs ... I've got one group that will buy 6-8 dozen per week at $3/doz ... but the way these 47 chickens are eating now I'm doubtful that roughly $20/month income will pay for their feed.
But I've got a new marketing strategy that I'll try about mid summer when I begin getting all these eggs.
When In was free ranging my flock the feed bill went way down but I've already planted onions and the rest of the garden will be planted mid March so until the garden stops producing about mid July I'm going to keep the chickens penned. Although I give the big majority of the garden produce to the chickens anyway ... but I've got to let things mature and the chickens won't allow that.