Starting out is definately the hardest part about raising chickens. I started with a kayak, put an ad in the paper to swap it for a coop, low and behold, someone out there had a coop and wanted my kayak.
We painted, and bought a heated waterer that holds 3 gallons, and a feeder that holds 25 lbs of grain, and within a couple weeks had a functioning coop. Our run consists of the metal frame to one of those canvas storage building/ tents. Its 12 x 20. We knocked on a strangers door when we see the abandoned frame in his back field, and he sold it to us for $20.00! We wrapped it from top to botton with chicken wire, and waalaa, a great run for our babies.
We have 16 bantam silkies, and are looking to acquire a couple ducks, and 4 laying hens. Our silkies are only 5 weeks old, so we are unsure of how many roos we have, therefore, our numbers may need to change in the near future.
so far my costs for this adventure estimate just under $600.00. The feeder & waterer were my luxury items at $120.00 combined. However, they will allow me to leave for vacation for a few days at a time, and the water wont freeze this winter. That cost also includes 1 50 lb bag of medicated starter feed.
The cost was more than I anticipated, (it always is, as my husband says) but the kids and I love playing with the chicks, seeing how much they change from day to day is amazing. They are a fun hobby and someday will have a few eggs for a bonus!