Do you make a living off of raising chickens?

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by SquirrelGirl, Oct 13, 2009.

  1. SquirrelGirl

    SquirrelGirl In the Brooder

    Oct 9, 2009
    Just curious.. do any of you make a living (or just extra cash) off of raising chickens.. by selling eggs etc? How much do you make a week on average? [​IMG]
  2. TXmom

    TXmom Songster

    It's *almost* impossible to make a living raising chickens, or even turning a profit at all. I know I'm personally hundreds of dollars in the hole, but I never expected it to be profitable. I love my chickens and it's my only hobby. I'm hoping to have enough eggs to sell, someday, but that hasn't happened yet. I use a lot of eggs and I give some to my family.

    When my youngest grow up and start laying, I can start selling eggs, and I hope that will at least cover feed costs...but that's all I expect, not a profit.
  3. So far for this year, I'm in the hole (negative) for almost $1000

    I sell as many extra eggs as I have both for eating & hatching. The last few months the molt & a surprise bout of mites has seriously slowed things down.

    I'm just trying to hang in there one more year and I should finally have some fertile eggs that are WORTH more like $20 per dozen. THEN I MIGHT be able to break even each year, which would be WONDERFUL for me.
  4. jerseygirl1

    jerseygirl1 Crowing

    Jun 20, 2009
    Orange County, NY
    I don't know if I could sell all that I eventually get, but the food bank near me wold probably be happy to ge them
  5. Country Living Farm

    Country Living Farm Songster

    Apr 18, 2009
    I know someone that does. He makes about 1000.00 a month in chicken sales, plus what he gets from the egss, goats, sheep, and other things. I haves high hopes of doing the same when I get to GA. I will have about 8 different breeds to sell the egss from along with incubating the eggs and selling the chicks, and/or growing them out to sell as adults. I have several acres and I think this is the key to free range to keep feed cost down.

    But....that is just my opinion. I will see how it works out in a few months.
  6. BluegrassSeramas

    BluegrassSeramas Serama Savvy

    Aug 25, 2008
    Central Kentucky
    Nope, we're in the hole too, but it sure is FUN and Im glad to make extra feed money when I can. I've got my weight in Gold in new friends!
    Right now Im spending about 40-50 a week in feed and scratch.
    Getting ready to spend more on insulation for a new coop.
    Is anyone ahead??
  7. SquirrelGirl

    SquirrelGirl In the Brooder

    Oct 9, 2009
    Quote:WOW!!! That is inspiring! How many chickens does he have? I wonder what his secret is! [​IMG]
  8. BellLisamo

    BellLisamo Diagnosed w/ Muscovitis

    Feb 7, 2009
    Tombstone, AZ
    Taken from a country song...

    "If i could make a livin outta lovin chicks,
    I'd be a millionare in a week or two,
    I'd be doing what I love, and loving what I do,
    If i could make a livin outta lovin chicks."

    Feel free to change chicks to the following:
    and any other I may have missed...

  9. ChickenToes

    ChickenToes Songster

    May 14, 2008
    NE Wisconsin
    I think it all depends on where you live, what the market is like, and how much you're willing to spend before turning a profit. Where I live...yeah, not so much. Laying hens sell for maybe $8, and that's if you can get someone to buy them in the first place. A dozen fresh eggs will sell for $2 or less.
  10. SquirrelGirl

    SquirrelGirl In the Brooder

    Oct 9, 2009
    Quote:[​IMG] LOL!! Good one [​IMG]

    But im determined.. there HAS to be a way to make money off of them!! If that guy can make 1000 extra a month off of chickens then why not us?

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