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Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by new chick 203, May 17, 2010.

  1. new chick 203

    new chick 203 Songster

    Feb 8, 2010
    Ridgefield CT
  2. rancher hicks

    rancher hicks Crowing 9 Years

    Feb 28, 2009
    Syracuse, NY
    Great aritlcle but just like realestate costs change with the location. For me two chickens would be a peice of cake to recoup costs.
  3. Akane

    Akane Crowing

    Jun 15, 2008
    Cost varies so much. For me I spent $0 on fencing because they can free range. $0 on a coop because I used an old grain bin and some walnut trees that needed cut down anyway as roosts. $0 on waterers because they were drinking out of a bucket from the stable and a livestock waterer outside using bricks which were also free to build steps up to it and inside so they wouldn't drown. $13 on hatching eggs, $40 on an incubator, $3 on a feeder, and $10 on feed a month. However I use a dozen eggs maybe every 4months so it still isn't cost effective. In the past year I've spent $100s on eggs, $40 on another still air bator, $100 on a forced air bator, $800 on a bantam coop so I could seperate them from the standards, probably $100 on new feeders and waterers, and recently another $100 on fence to build a bantam pen and fence the nearby garden from and for the chickens. I still give away nearly all the eggs. 2 different extremes for cost just in my household.
    Last edited: May 17, 2010
  4. new chick 203

    new chick 203 Songster

    Feb 8, 2010
    Ridgefield CT
    We're trying to do this as efficiently as possible, but I still don't expect it to break even right away.
  5. schellie69

    schellie69 Songster

    Oct 8, 2009
    I might not break even but he forgot one thing the entertainment value I watch chicken tv and the pure enjoyment I get from my back yard chickens and since I use their poop as fertilizer and my garden has went crazy which means I am producing way more vegtables then I would have gotten so I guess in a way my girls pay for them selves.
  6. SandyK

    SandyK Songster

    Jul 8, 2009
    Eldersburg, Maryland
    I've read studies where they say having pets (which I consider my chickies to be) will lower blood pressure and help you live longer. Can't put a price on that! Plus I love them ;-)
  7. ADozenGirlz

    ADozenGirlz The Chicken Chick[IMG]emojione/assets/png/00ae.png

    Oct 18, 2009
    Fascinating article. Thanks for sharing!
  8. Bantimna

    Bantimna Songster

    Sep 29, 2009
    South Africa
    I've bookmarked it! Thanks for sharing.
  9. blb

    blb Songster

    Jan 13, 2008
    Great artile. I have had people ask me and now I can answer semi intelligently.

    I bought my coop so it will take time to recoop my money but that wasn't why I got the chickens. I wanted fresh eggs.

    Thanks for posting this.
  10. zDoc

    zDoc Songster

    Apr 7, 2010
    Farmington NM
    For me ....I know I spent a bunch on my coop, but it's my hobby and I enjoy it. [​IMG] Never in a million years would I have thought that I would enjoy it as much as I do. [​IMG] But when i go out in my back yard and my girls hear my voice and come paste themselves up against the fence to see me....that's priceless! [​IMG]

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