How much do they cost?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by cheeptrick, Jul 20, 2007.

  1. cheeptrick

    cheeptrick Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 1, 2007
    New Hampshire
    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!!
    [​IMG] 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!
     
  2. Southern28Chick

    Southern28Chick Flew The Coop

    Apr 16, 2007
    [​IMG] The cost does add up that's for sure.
     
  3. Country Gal

    Country Gal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Love it!

    One thing I did to "justify" the cost of building my coop... I designed it based on a storage shed, so if I decide that I don't want to do chickens anymore, I have a nice size storage shed already in place.
     
  4. Wolfpacker

    Wolfpacker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:You got that right!
     
  5. wendy

    wendy On the Hill

    Jun 14, 2007
    central louisiana
    we only have 9 chickens and one rooster and we have two peacocks and two dashuands dogs.

    dog kennel (we have used it once for a injured chicken 8x9) $199.00

    chicken coop $166.00 (a little lumber left over from other projects)

    chicken pen and run $265.00 18X25

    hinges and latches (free)

    wire to cover our windows on the coop (free)

    tin for the roof (free)

    paint and brush and roller $ 25.00

    three nesting boxes (free)

    purchased nesting box $5.44

    feed for chickens $ 7.87 for 50 lb

    feed for peacocks $ 4.99 for 50 lb

    light for peacocks $ 14.99

    i think that is about it [​IMG] i do like being able to put the free things on here.

    forgot to put the cost of chickens $6o for 9 chickens the guy threw in the rooster for free! (chickens were about 4-5 months old when we bought them)

    two peacocks $ 60 at four weeks old.
     
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  6. JackieK318

    JackieK318 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Me too! I am splitting mine in the middle to have a garden shed/chicken coop.

    Costs:

    $70 brooder, light and light bulbs
    $600 (so far) on the coop - still need siding, roofing and insulation perhaps
    $40 in feed/litter per month
    $111.25 in chickens
    $40 in water jugs/feeders

    This isn't including the materials I got for free. I got the flooring for the 10x12 coop and the wood for the brooder for free.
     
  7. horsewishr

    horsewishr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My mom asked my if the chickens would "pay for themselves" in eggs. I figure if they live to be 112, I might come out even. [​IMG]
     
  8. wendy

    wendy On the Hill

    Jun 14, 2007
    central louisiana
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