Hi all, I thought an interesting post would be how much $ a person would need to get started and maintain a healthy flock. I have 24 Easter Egg Chickens. Here is what I've spent thus far... Coop Construction and Run - $725 approximately Brooder - $65 Font - Feed Bin - $40 Monthly Feed/Treats and Litter costs - $70 Medicine/Vitamins - $30 25 Day old Baby Chicks - $60 Look on daughters face after seeing the first egg laid... PRICELESS!! Sorry couldn't resist the play on the credit card commercial...luckily I paid CASH for all my chicken stuff! Total Cost - $990 Total Monthly Cost From Here on Out- $70 Still think its cheaper than 1 dog if you look at it...PLUS these pets give back!