I was going over my chicken economics to see when or if my hobby might start paying dividends. We are limited to 8 birds (have 4 now but once we move to the new place want to add some Dominiquers or BR) so since my egg production is capped at the 170-200 eggs per chicken per year I have 2 ways to break black by the end of the first birds laying life. I can increase price per egg to 50 cents each (HAHAHAHAHAHAHA) or I can cut costs. The biggest place I can do that is with treats/supplements. My wife loves to feed the birds, and since they get layer feed but also forage on grass clippings and such I understand I need to make sure they are getting a bit more protein.
What sources and recipes do you all use for the cheapest treats? They love the freeze dried meal worms, but those are the pricier treats. I cannot raise mealworms right now. How can I really stretch those treats out while keeping up the nutritional value at the lowest price?
Calculations appreciated :)
Chart below shoes projected results with 33 cents an egg and 50 cents per bird per week of treats, if I can get good stuff that cheap while accounting for my SO's generosity with the birds.
Edited by IvanTsary - 5/22/16 at 5:46pm