# How much does your coop cost in weeks? Mine is 28

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by ScottM, Feb 29, 2012.

1. ### ScottMChillin' With My Peeps

I'm curious what the return on investment cost is for various coops is. Use this formula

Coop Cost / (dozenEggsPerWeek* price) = number of weeks to break even

So my coop cost me about \$200 to build. I'm getting three eggs a day so thats 21 eggs a week which is 1.75 dozen. If my local price I have been paying for eggs is \$4, then I should break even in . . . 28 weeks (assuming I have free birds that eat nothing

/Scott

2. ### stcroixusviChillin' With My Peeps

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3. ### BaymuleChillin' With My Peeps

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I use a much simpler math equation than wasting all that time figuring out how many weeks.......... The way I see it, the 1st egg cost me \$360, after that, the rest of them were all FREE!!!!

4. ### citychickx6Chillin' With My Peeps

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I like simple math.

5. ### Ole roosterChillin' With My Peeps

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With that method, my first egg cost me \$1100. At \$2 a dozen, it'll take a while before I get a free one. Plus the feed being \$15 a 50 lb sack.

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Unless you sell eggs or chicks your always paying for your eggs. I use to keep track of all costs (including coop and feeders) and total # of eggs. That laptop fried, but remember my cost was getting down to \$5 a dozen last spring. It's nearly spring again and only cost out last year was for hatching eggs, food and bedding so probably down under \$3 a dozen

7. ### duckinnutChillin' With My Peeps

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I should have taken a 30 year mortgage on mine, at the current rate of return its gonna take that full 30 break even. I hope. Coop and run, plus waterer,chicks and grower feed into for about \$1600 before an egg is even laid. Made my own feeders still cost a couple a bucks. Once they start laying had to buy egg cartons, got a bunch for free but output was beyond what cartons were coming in. Electricity for the homemade water heater I made. So yeah just rolling in cash from the 25 dozen we sell a month.

Not even counting the electricity used to construct the coop either. I should be charging \$7 for these little orbs.
600 weeks I am thinking

Last edited: Mar 3, 2012
8. ### 7L FarmChillin' With My Peeps

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I live on a hundred acres. I lease the land for hay that pays my insurance & taxes. Plus puts a little reserve in the bank. I diversify I sell farm fresh eggs, organic veggies, dewberry's & quail eggs & quail for meat. I kill a deer every year along with some hogs for meat to eat along with my veggies. I'm now starting to raise bees. I expand every year. Am I getting rich nope but I can say it pays my everyday bills.Would I recommend this way to make a living nope. But I'm one busy guy.The farm is third generation so that's a big plus.
I've pretty much built everything on the farm myself. Almost forgot I sell pecans when available. Its a tough row to hoe but I like it.

9. ### Oregon BluesOverrun With Chickens

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Eggs don't even pay for the feed they eat. They'll never pay me back for the coop and fencing.

10. ### rendezvous1838Chillin' With My Peeps

ixnay on the ostcay