How much do they cost?

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

  1. cheeptrick

    cheeptrick Songster

    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...
    [​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 Songster

    Feb 2, 2007
    Capac, MI
    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 Songster

    Jul 7, 2007
    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.
    Last edited: Jul 20, 2007
  6. JackieK318

    JackieK318 Songster

    Apr 29, 2007
    Quote:Me too! I am splitting mine in the middle to have a garden shed/chicken coop.


    $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 Songster

    Jul 7, 2007
    West Michigan
    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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