Cost to raise chickens

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Timkid, May 4, 2011.

  1. Timkid

    Timkid New Egg

    May 3, 2011
    I was wondering how much feed cost to raise hens from time they arive from hatchery as chicks till they start to lay. Also the same thing for meat birds. Just a general answer i understand different feed will not have same price and some birds may start laying sooner or meat birds may grow faster than some others.

  2. skysoldier

    skysoldier Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 11, 2011
    The answer to your question is somewhat elusive due to the wide variety of variables. However, from my experience, I can tell you that for my laying hens the feed bill is approximately $3.00 per month each. different breeds grow and start laying at different times but figure about 7- 8 months of age and I think you will be able to do the math well enough to get a reasonable estimate.

    As for meat birds, depending on the breed, they are generally ready to butcher between 8 - 10 weeks. The cost may be somewhat higher than for laying hens but not significantly so.

    I've heard somewhere that if you are raising laying hens your first dozen eggs will cost about $700.00 but after that they will be free. Of course you can control some of the cost of raising chickens but both eggs and meat will still cost more than if you bought them at the store. To most people, other than commercial producers, it's not about the money . . . it's the quality.
  3. kittycooks

    kittycooks Chillin' With My Peeps

  4. Chick_In_The_Burbs

    Chick_In_The_Burbs Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 26, 2010
    Western Washington
    My ladies went through about $4 in feed a month (each). It gets less expensive per with higher numbers of chicks and it also depends on whether or not you can figure out how to keep them from wasting a good portion of the food. Mine became wasteful little suckers and I had a hard time preventing it. The baby cake helped but still... [​IMG]
  5. schellie69

    schellie69 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 8, 2009
    I think that raising my own egg layers and knowing how my egg layers and possible meat birds are treated can't be calculated into a dollar amount. I can control what they eat so I know what goes into my eggs. My girls go through a bag of feed in a month if free ranging if not its a little less then a month I do give them grass clippings weeds veggies from the garden and other scraps.
  6. Clay Mudd

    Clay Mudd Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2011
    South MS swamps
    Quote:I think $700 is about when I quit saving my receipts. [​IMG]
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  7. mons02035

    mons02035 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 4, 2010
    Carmel, Maine
    I have 5 RIR layers. They run me about $5.35 a month each. That price includes everything (mostly from TSC), shavings, grit, shells, feed, scratch, cartons, etc.... This is what they have cost me from Jan 1, 2011 to May 4, 2011. So because I live up here by Bangor, Maine they have pretty much been stuck in the coop with no outdoors. They started going out regularly about 3 weeks ago. So my $5.35 per hen should go down now that they are outside. With their production, it is running me about $2.50 per dozen eggs. My wife occasionally sells some eggs at work for $2.00 a dozen (walmart sells them for $1.35 a dozen here and everyone has chickens) so that has changed my expenses to around $4.40 per hen per month.

    I can't remember the expenses from when they were chicks but because of the initial investment of the coop, it does cost a lot of money, unless you already have something to use as a coop. I just started tracking expenses Jan 1 and bought all the supplies again. I actually have not bought anything but egg cartons since Jan 3.

    I don't raise meaties so i can't help there either.
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  8. digitS'

    digitS' Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 12, 2007
    ID/WA border
    Quote:It is variable with breeds and environment but Pennsylvania State University, College of Agriculture provides some information that may be of help. It is a 44 page pdf file (click).

    Accumulative feed consumption for pullets of brown-egg and white-egg breeds to 20 or 22 weeks is about 20 pounds of feed for brown-egg breeds and 16 pounds of feed for white-egg breeds.

    Broilers to 7 weeks, accumulative feed consumption is 8 pounds of feed.

    Variable dates and between breeds but I hope this helps.

  9. Derick

    Derick New Egg

    Jun 3, 2014
    1. I want to raise 135 000 chickens per months for meat supply, how much will it cost me?
    2. I want to raise 17 000 chickens per month for eggs supply, how much will it cost me?
  10. Pinkaboo

    Pinkaboo Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 12, 2014
    Cornwall in the UK

    A good way to start any venture is to contact similar enterprises for help and advice
    Most business are happy to tell you their own experiences and help you
    Just be aware they are probably busy people, try an email or letter if explanation then
    Arrange a convenient time for a chat

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