Originally Posted by questions543
Hello I am thinking of getting chicks.. do you guys know the average cost for all the materials to start and the average cost to raise them?
So to summarize what everyone else has said; It can pretty much be as expensive or cheap as you want to make it. Admittedly, we started with adolescent birds instead of chicks and they started laying after 2-3 weeks, but we've made the start-up costs back and now the cluckers are giving us eggs, paying for their own food and leaving a little cash in the egg fund box as well. Yes, you can show a profit with a small flock if you pick a good laying breed.
Before you ask we have 12 Red Sex Links and we've had them not quite a year. The nice things about them, they are good layers and the initial cost was 1/2 the price of the other breeds, at least around here. Food we get from a local mill and it costs us under $11.00/50#.
Part of the cost/benefit ratio relates to the climate where you live. If you're in a mild climate (like we are) you will need a lot less than in colder climes, so where are you? One side note; having truly fresh eggs will ruin you for "going out for breakfast". The eggs will just not taste "right." Yet another cost saving benefit.
If you think of them as livestock instead of "another expensive pet experience" you can show a profit. It will be a lot harder (but not impossible) to show a profit if you think of them as "pets."