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Do you make a living off of raising chickens?

post #1 of 54
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Just curious.. do any of you make a living (or just extra cash) off of raising chickens.. by selling eggs etc? How much do you make a week on average? bun

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2 doxies - 1 blue bulldog - 23 Buff Orpingtons (32 in the incubator) - 1 quail - 5 leghorns - 1 salmon faverolles - 3 mixed
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post #2 of 54

It's *almost* impossible to make a living raising chickens, or even turning a profit at all.  I know I'm personally hundreds of dollars in the hole, but I never expected it to be profitable.  I love my chickens and it's my only hobby.  I'm hoping to have enough eggs to sell, someday, but that hasn't happened yet.  I use a lot of eggs and I give some to my family.

When my youngest grow up and start laying, I can start selling eggs, and I hope that will at least cover feed costs...but that's all I expect, not a profit.

Stay at Home Mom with: 1 Husband, 1 Daughter, 1 Son, 2 Chihuahuas, 2 Cats, 2 Rats, Lots of Fish.
Chicken Breeds: Buff Orp, EE, Assorted Sex-Links, Danish Brown Leghorn, Rhode Island Red, Brahma, Jungle Fowl, Speckled Sussex, Gold Laced Wyandotte, Cochin, Silkie and Sizzle
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Stay at Home Mom with: 1 Husband, 1 Daughter, 1 Son, 2 Chihuahuas, 2 Cats, 2 Rats, Lots of Fish.
Chicken Breeds: Buff Orp, EE, Assorted Sex-Links, Danish Brown Leghorn, Rhode Island Red, Brahma, Jungle Fowl, Speckled Sussex, Gold Laced Wyandotte, Cochin, Silkie and Sizzle
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post #3 of 54

So far for this year, I'm in the hole (negative) for almost $1000

I sell as many extra eggs as I have both for eating & hatching.  The last few months the molt & a surprise bout of mites has seriously slowed things down.

I'm just trying to hang in there one more year and I should finally have some fertile eggs that are WORTH more like $20 per dozen.  THEN I MIGHT be able to break even each year, which would be WONDERFUL for me.

post #4 of 54

I don't know if I could sell all that I eventually get, but the food bank near me wold probably be happy to ge them

The irony of life! One day you are the windshield and then the next - the bug!!

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The irony of life! One day you are the windshield and then the next - the bug!!

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post #5 of 54

I know someone that does.  He makes about 1000.00 a month in chicken sales, plus what he gets from the egss, goats, sheep, and other things.  I haves high hopes of doing the same when I get to GA.  I will have about 8 different breeds to sell the egss from along with incubating the eggs and selling the chicks, and/or growing them out to sell as adults.  I have several acres and I think this is the key to free range to keep feed cost down. 

But....that is just my opinion.  I will see how it works out in a few months.

BCM booted, BCM roo over Blue Maran hens, Frizzled EE,  Naked Neck Frizzles, showgirl silkies, Black Sex links, Barnie, Wellie, Pekin Duck's, Flemish Giant/NZ White and Mini-rex rabbits,  two dogs, and a big feed bill... Coming soon....RC RIW and Barred Rocks. NOTE...I WAS ONCE MONKEYINGAROUNDFARM.  I CHANGED THE NAME OF THE FARM.
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BCM booted, BCM roo over Blue Maran hens, Frizzled EE,  Naked Neck Frizzles, showgirl silkies, Black Sex links, Barnie, Wellie, Pekin Duck's, Flemish Giant/NZ White and Mini-rex rabbits,  two dogs, and a big feed bill... Coming soon....RC RIW and Barred Rocks. NOTE...I WAS ONCE MONKEYINGAROUNDFARM.  I CHANGED THE NAME OF THE FARM.
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post #6 of 54

Nope, we're in the hole too, but it sure is FUN  and Im glad to make extra feed money when I can. I've got my weight in Gold in new friends!
Right now Im spending about 40-50 a week in feed and scratch.
Getting ready to spend more on insulation for a new coop.
Is anyone ahead??

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Seramas in Smooth or Frizzled and SOLID WHITES. Original home of the Frizzled Serama! We now have blue laced from Jerry!    Thanks for looking!  ~Jessi
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post #7 of 54
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Originally Posted by taztaz31 

I know someone that does.  He makes about 1000.00 a month in chicken sales, plus what he gets from the egss, goats, sheep, and other things.  I haves high hopes of doing the same when I get to GA.  I will have about 8 different breeds to sell the egss from along with incubating the eggs and selling the chicks, and/or growing them out to sell as adults.  I have several acres and I think this is the key to free range to keep feed cost down. 

But....that is just my opinion.  I will see how it works out in a few months.


WOW!!! That is inspiring! How many chickens does he have? I wonder what his secret is! wee

2 doxies - 1 blue bulldog - 23 Buff Orpingtons (32 in the incubator) - 1 quail - 5 leghorns - 1 salmon faverolles - 3 mixed
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2 doxies - 1 blue bulldog - 23 Buff Orpingtons (32 in the incubator) - 1 quail - 5 leghorns - 1 salmon faverolles - 3 mixed
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post #8 of 54

Taken from a country song...

"If i could make a livin outta lovin chicks,
I'd be a millionare in a week or two,
I'd be doing what I love, and loving what I do,
If i could make a livin outta lovin chicks."

Feel free to change chicks to the following:
Geese
Turkeys
Guineas
Ducks
Peacocks
Quail
Pheasents
and any other I may have missed...

hahaha

"People who count their chickens before they are hatched act very wisely, because chickens run about so absurdly that it is impossible to count them accurately."

Oscar Wilde
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"People who count their chickens before they are hatched act very wisely, because chickens run about so absurdly that it is impossible to count them accurately."

Oscar Wilde
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post #9 of 54

I think it all depends on where you live, what the market is like, and how much you're willing to spend before turning a profit. Where I live...yeah, not so much. Laying hens sell for maybe $8, and that's if you can get someone to buy them in the first place. A dozen fresh eggs will sell for $2 or less.

post #10 of 54
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Originally Posted by BellLisamo 

Taken from a country song...

"If i could make a livin outta lovin chicks,
I'd be a millionare in a week or two,
I'd be doing what I love, and loving what I do,
If i could make a livin outta lovin chicks."

Feel free to change chicks to the following:
Geese
Turkeys
Guineas
Ducks
Peacocks
Quail
Pheasents
and any other I may have missed...

hahaha


yuckyuck LOL!! Good one lau

But im determined.. there HAS to be a way to make money off of them!! If that guy can make 1000 extra a month off of chickens then why not us?

2 doxies - 1 blue bulldog - 23 Buff Orpingtons (32 in the incubator) - 1 quail - 5 leghorns - 1 salmon faverolles - 3 mixed
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2 doxies - 1 blue bulldog - 23 Buff Orpingtons (32 in the incubator) - 1 quail - 5 leghorns - 1 salmon faverolles - 3 mixed
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