Originally Posted by ambrose
How much did you spend on brooder stuff?
Probably under $20...brooder light, chick grit, duckling feed, the rest I had
How much did you spend on building a house/run?
Around $20...got two good runs free. Already had housing acceptable or materials to make housing(dog house, scrap lumber, some giant plastic bins) Only needed to buy wire for across the top of one of the pens.
How much did/do you spend on feed?
I got 50lbs for $18 of a good waterfowl grower feed.
Currently I feed a 50lbs waterfowl @ $17.49... and 50lbs layer pellet @ $15.29 ...as well as oyster shell @$11.19 for 50lbs and 10lbs of hen grit @ $5.90
50lbs layer pellet last my 11 ducks and 2 geese 1 month, the 50lbs waterfowl feed last my birds about 40 days. Oyster shell and grit last ummm like maybe half a year or more...
I am currently getting about 8 eggs per day. I also let my adult birds free range in a fenced in area, eating grass and bugs and worms and whatnot. Saves quite a bit on feed.
How much did/do you spend on hay/shavings/etc.?
I have a neighbor who grows hay...so umm sorta free with helping them from time to time. Except I should include sand here for the pen floor. I can't remember for sure but I think $50?
Anything else I'm forgetting, ah yes,
How much did you spend on ducklings? (OK, that's the only one I've got a good projected calculation on for myself)
$3.50 each for my first 8 (bought from a local friend) then I got 2 adults free then got 5 for about $7.50 each except I paid partly in eggs to the person making the order so less...
Curious also about incubator set ups, but probably won't go ther.
Did you at some point "break even" on ducks in terms of eggs, meat or breeding?
I feel I have. I ate one bad drake. Sold 2 as adults. Sold some of the eggs and I would be buying organic eggs so yeah I feel I have done well.
We need to do a good job on a run here given the local racoons, and I'm wondering just how much the run is going to run me!
Raccoons are horrible. I lost some birds to them in the past, getting in one spot where the door didn't quite seal well enough, leaving a fist sized hole due to a curved door and a squarer frame (chain link dog kennel originally). With checking craigslist, local papers, second hand stores, and friends you can put together a pretty good coop/run with little cost. Not quite as pretty but safe. The one thing to make sure is that there are no weak spots or holes around the doors, etc. I also recommend boards or wire or something at the edge of the coop to help prevent digging creatures. Each year I make some improvements and it looks better but still cost very little.