What do you raise your chickens for?

What do you raise chickens for?

  • I dont raise chickens

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Pets

    Votes: 124 70.1%
  • Eggs

    Votes: 149 84.2%
  • Meat

    Votes: 30 16.9%
  • Show

    Votes: 10 5.6%
  • Breeding

    Votes: 26 14.7%
  • Other (Comment Below!)

    Votes: 18 10.2%

  • Total voters
    177

Dmontgomery

Songster
5 Years
Apr 1, 2014
839
573
212
Longville, La
What started as entertainment turned in to an interesting retirement hobby. My wife wanted “a few chickens, just to watch them scratch in the yard”. 6 soon became 16, then 40, then 70! She keeps finding new breeds to try and we have very active roosters.
No one in the family ever runs out of eggs now and she even has enough to sell a few extra dozen each week. Some months they lay enough to pay their feed bill, but not often. We will never recover the $4000 in coops building costs.
 

aart

Chicken Juggler!
Premium member
7 Years
Nov 27, 2012
71,198
72,287
1,557
SW Michigan
My Coop
My Coop
I keep chickens for food, eggs and meat,
grown under better conditions than grocery food.
Egg sales pay for their feed.
No space or resources for keeping 'pet' birds, pet budget goes to my dog.
It's a hard balance, but that's where the Romance meets Reality.

Every fall I sell or (usually)slaughter half dozen 2 to 3 yo hens, some get sold as stewing hens. Got to make room for new pullets (hatched here) in my limited space before hard winter sets in. Cockerels go at 12-16 weeks in early summer.
 
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