How much would 100 chickens cost to feed and take care of yearly ?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by connor97, Nov 27, 2012.

  1. connor97

    connor97 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I'm not concerned on how much the coop costs and the chickens. But in feed, bedding, etc.. How much would it cost on average to take care of 100 chickens yearly?
  2. poultrified

    poultrified Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 8, 2012
    I've calculated I spend about $200 to $300 a month. Adding in bedding, scratch grains, supplements.. etc..Some months I spend a little more depending on any extra supplies I may need. So yearly $2,400-$3,600 give or take. Hope this helps. Also, my roosters and bantys eat alot less than heavy breed hens, and they all eat a bit more in the winter where they dont have much bugs and grass to forage on (mine free range in an acre of fenced field)
  3. OkChickens

    OkChickens Orpingtons Are Us

    Dec 1, 2010
    Owasso, Oklahoma
    When I have had that many birds I was going through about 100 lbs a week of feed and changed there bedding out 4 times in a year. I did clean under the roosts about once a week. I used 2-3 bags of wood chips. I let mine free range everyday except when there was a lot of snow on the ground.


    Per week
    Laying pellet $18 for 50lbs. Is about $40 with tax

    Per month
    Feed is $160-200 depending on month either 4-5 weeks
    Bedding 3 at $6 each is about $20 after tax

    Roughly $180-220 a month for me.

    Per year is $2160-2640 per year.

    Last edited: Nov 28, 2012
  4. FHornFrog

    FHornFrog Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 14, 2012
    Is anyone feeding non-gmo or organic feed? If so, do you have a cost on that? Thanks!

    NYREDS Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 14, 2008

    You don't want to know. It will cost more than it would cost to just buy your eggs & meat. Raising chickens isn't a money saver. That said, the quality of both eggs & meat vs that from the store is better & it's an enjoyable passtime.
  6. Holleran Farms

    Holleran Farms Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 23, 2012
    Feed is expensive right now beacuse 2012 was a drought year for the midwest which made feed prices very high. Think about what you really want to do. Chicken pellets cost me $15.00 a bag today for 50 lbs. I suppose it would take around 4 bags at least a week. Variety of chickens comes in to play also. Meat chickens take more and higher protein feed. Layers a little less, bantams much less. So you need to decide what you intend to do. Have a layer flock? meat birds for the table? or just chickens for pleasure. If they are just for pleasure I would stay around 20 that's plenty. You can get so many birds it stops being fun, and trust me it happens faster than think. I have about 50 and grew some of my own feed this year. If I had 100 I would try to grow a lot more of my feed. I mix 17 % protein layer pellets with ground ear corn I raised and ground 1:1 right now since it's cold and it is saving me a a lot of money right now.
  7. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    $20 a hundred at local mill for 17% layer mash. Straw is $4 a bale.

    You'll go through two of each, every week. $2300 per year. As good for budget purposes as any.
    Last edited: Jan 5, 2013
  8. mississippifarmboy

    mississippifarmboy collects slightly damaged strays

    I've usually got at least 100 head on the place every year, sometimes many more. Every year feed prices change along with the prices on bedding and such, but overall I agree with the price range the other posters qouted.

    I spend about 2,500 per year per hundred birds if averaged out. I raise mainly large breeds, not a big fan of those lil bantams. So every spring I figure every breeder bird I've raised to a year old I've got 25 bucks in.

    When I do my final cull in early January I sell the extras. For about 10 bucks each.

    I can't figure out why I can't turn a profit. [​IMG]

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