How much does it cost to raise backyard chickens?

I really stopped counting now as it's not about just the eggs anymore. These birds are a part of the family and they are spoilt rotten!! Lol! Thank you for breaking everything down for the newbie.
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Just got 62 pullet chicks for almost nothing. Wondering after if their cost would make me any thing in the long run. Other than happy bc we ALL love bitties.
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I myself do a lot of improvising on items and recycling items that can be reused from brooder to coop, to help keep down cost of them, mine don't like fancy stuff as long as they got a place to roost and lay they are happy campers and a Happy hen produces. Wish this article would have been written before I started and we built them a nice insulated secure coop that they hated and only time you could get them to go into that coop was if they wanted to brood. would have saved a lot of money and work.
This article covers what a new chicken keeper needs to get started. I like that you provided links to additional resources!
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Great article, do wish it mentioned heat lamp alternatives!! Maybe a link to MHP (momma heating pad) which can be as simple as a heating pad (as long as it will go 24/7, no auto shut off) over a frame for holding foil/saran wrap on a kitchen cabinet door, zip ties and old hand towels/pillow cases - or heaters like the sweeter heater or brinsea (not as cost effective).
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I found this easy to read. It's a shame the prices are a bit out of date.
If you are planning on taking your chickens to a vet should they become ill, or get injured, then $10 per month isn't likely to cover the vet bills. $10 per chicken per month would probably cover you for two vet visits a year for nothing too serious.
Good article, covers everything a beginner should know, to avoid disappointment, failure, then quitting!
I found this to be about right for me during the winter, being they free range summer time I spend hardly anything. I found you can buy open bag products for 1/2 the price or less at some stores. I've gone from $60 a month to $20, I just use a two large trash cans to hold the food. One for chicken scratch and one for layer pellets.
Perfect for those wanting to raise chickens!
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The numbers in the article will give someone a good idea of what it will cost to get started in chickens. A reader should plan for higher end in cost in most cases, to be on the safe side.
Good relative numbers. Very helpful to someone thinking about chickens or wanting to get chickens.
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