This is my first endeavor with chickens. I originally thought about getting 12 but ended up with 26 (that chicken math I read about hit me before I even got my first one). I have 6 Delaware, 6 Buff Orpington, 6 Dominique, and 8 RIR (1 rooster). They are 7 months old and very healthy. Not all are laying yet, I'm getting about 13 eggs a day. I'm spending about $50/month on feed. So far I have about $10/bird invested in feed. That's more than double what you pay in the store for the meat. I didn't really get in this to save money but I certainly didn't want to double my grocery bill. Wasn't real sure what I was going to do, i.e. eggs, meat, or both. I'm leaning toward both but can't see the economical value in it. Am I doing something wrong? I'm thinking about hatching some eggs in the spring and raising them for the meat. I'm not looking to make money but I am getting more eggs than we can eat and I was thinking about selling some to help with the feed bill. I have so many questions. Please excuse the rambling.