I'm guessing someone on this amazing forum has run a cost-benefit analysis of their chicken/egg/meat production. Can you tell me about it? I'm wanting to provide primarily for my family of 7, but I'm happy to sell any extra eggs we happen to have. That said, I'm beginning to think this is an expensive hobby instead of a production of healthy, yummy eggs & poultry. I have a Whole Foods nearby. Would it be cheaper to buy their organic products instead of raising 15 chickens on my own? I had to buy a chicken tractor and starter pullets for about $400 last summer. I spent another $150 on a lame incubator and some waterers & feeders. After that, we're mostly just buying feed. Of my 15 chickens, 3 are roos who will be meat after they do their job in the spring. Of the females, the 5 leghorns are giving 3-4 eggs/day now. (All summer, it was 5/day.) The 5 heritage hens are only giving 1 every other day now. (During the summer, it was about 4-5/day.) Two are pullets. We're barely getting enough eggs for the family at this point. Once in a while, we'll roast a rooster. SO, I'm inclined to think it's an expensive hobby. Thoughts?