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Breaking even...

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by hxcmark, Dec 4, 2009.

  1. hxcmark

    hxcmark Out Of The Brooder

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    How many of you can honestly say that you "break even" with your chickens as far as money goes? I am just curious since a lot of people are already trying to buy eggs from me and my birds are only 3 weeks old. From what I hear, people pay good money for free range eggs!!!
     
  2. Chooksaurus

    Chooksaurus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We spend about $30/month on feed/scratch for 26 birds. I sell a dozen eggs for $2. As far as feed goes, I break even halfway through the month. Throw extra electricity and such in there, and I probably come out close to even by the end of the month.

    I've been told by those who buy my eggs that they are "super cheap" and "a steal". I could probably sell them for more money, but I was only ever looking to cover our feed costs. I wouldn't feel right raising the price a few months after I started selling them. It seems that $3 is a pretty standard rate around here.
     
  3. Jimmiaandboys

    Jimmiaandboys Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's a great question! Excluding the cost of building an insulated 8x8 henhouse w/20x8 run with electric fence and light, we come close. We sell several dozen eggs a week, give some away and consume a couple dozen ourselves. I will say what we sell covers feed, scratch, treats ie:cottage cheese. During the warmer months free ranging cuts down on feed consumption dramatically. Of course, we're new to this and our girls just started laying in earnest the last 2 months. I'm sure there are many BYC folks who can give you more detailed info, though. You're fortunate to have a market for your eggs whenever your girls start laying.[​IMG]
     
  4. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

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    I get 3$ a dozen and I dont break even one bit lol... All I want is to make up for their food and such which I dont yet. They get a 250 watt heating bulb in their coop-its a huge coop and 35 birds. 200 lbs of food a month 50 lbs of scratch a month-I get just shy of 2 doz eggs a day. I make about 15-20 a week selling eggs and such so maybe by the end of the full year maybe??? Id rather sell hatching eggs and take the time to wrap and mail the dozen than to sell hatching eggs for 3$ a dozen haha...
     
  5. hxcmark

    hxcmark Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for your help!!!
     

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