Does anyone else like doing the math like this? Or am I just one of those nut-cases? I purchased 50 cornish cross broilers from Meyer hathery, brooded them for 3 weeks, then put them in the moveable tractor/pen. I had them processed this weekend (58 days old). cost of brooder ($0) cost of chicken tractor, or housing ($250 or $42/batch amortized across 6 batches) cost of feeders/waterers/lamps ($70 or about $12/batch amortized) cost of pine bedding for use in brooder ($25/batch) cost of electricity used in brooder for heat lamps (est. $10/batch) cost of chicks ($53 shipped - received 51 birds) cost of feed ($224 - 2 bags @ $14.50 and 15 @ $13.00) cost of processing ($96 - 48 birds) ---- total costs for this batch: $462 avg weight (dressed): just over 5 lbs selling price: $10.50/chicken (about $2.10/lb) sold 43: $451.50 Net: -$10.50 chickens remaining: 5 So, what that means to me, is that I raised 5 chickens for my family for $10.50, which seems like a good deal.