What do you spend on average every month on feed?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by lorihadams, Sep 24, 2009.

  1. lorihadams

    lorihadams Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am trying to figure out our budget and I am trying to find ways to more efficiently feed our animals but still get good nutrition. We usually get our feed from TSC but we do have a southern states available to us (but they tend to be higher) and we have a local feed store but I don't know their prices yet....I want to go check them out later today. Getting the broilers has really made me think about cost effectiveness of feed.

    Here are what we are currently feeding and costs per month:

    3 labs---Member's Mark (Sam's club) dry dog food 2-3 bags/month $19 per bag
    2 cats---9 lives 1 18lb bag/month $10
    3 lizards, 5 frogs--- live crickets 6-7 dozen/month $1.32 per dozen
    10 ducks---Dumor grower/finisher 1-2 bags/month $15 per bag
    15 chickens---Dumor grower/finisher 1bag/month $15 per bag + Dumor layer pellets $13 per bag
    9 quail---Dumor grower/finisher 1bag/month $15 per bag
    3 rabbits---Southern pride pellets 1 bag/month $15 per bag
    Oops forgot the hamster! Mazuri pellets 1/2 bag food/month $9 per bag
    30 broiler chicks---yet to be determined

    So total I am spending around $120-$150 per month on feed. All my chickens free range and I feed my rabbits greens every day pulled from the yard/garden. Everyone also gets veggie scraps from the kitchen as available. Free ranging has really cut down on cost I'm sure, especially with the chickens. We are selling 4 of the ducks (at least that's the plan) so cost will lower a bit there.

    I hear lots of people talking about mixing their own feed and if this feed store will do it for a better price than just buying from TSC then I may do that for all the birds.

    I also give organic raw unfiltered ACV and sometimes BOSS as money allows.

    So, here's mine.....now let me see yours!!! We are planning on getting goats too so I want to hear from all you goat people!!!
     
  2. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I don't even want to add it up! [​IMG]
     
  3. ChickBond 007

    ChickBond 007 Licensed to Cull

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    Well, let's see here

    Royal Canin for the spoiled dog 35 lbs/mo $50
    Whatever cat food is on sale $ 5
    17 ducks, 39 chickens:
    1 starter/grower $13
    2 layer, $24
    1 cracked corn/scratch $ 9
    Total $101

    And that's we 100% free ranging. Ducks gobble. Glad I don't have turkeys.
     
  4. SimplyForties

    SimplyForties Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know better then to keep track of that! [​IMG]
     
  5. cybercat

    cybercat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Dog gets Diamond which is like $25 for 50lbs. We used to buy it at TSC but now have some place closer. I love the Diamons Natural for the dog no worries about all the alleries produce them.

    Cats also get Diamond. Do remember price it was $12 for 20 lbs. Both cat and dog are 1 bag a month. With better food you feed less. This is a well known fact . Reason is they digest more than just pass it thru. All the greocery store brand have alot of filler that just pass threw you dog or cat. Why waiste the money on that when they must eat twice to three times as much to get what they need.

    Chickens get Burkmanns feeds love them great feed. I need 2 bags a month now each are $10.00. I have used them since day one with a switch off to TSC Dunmor which I do not like at all. I have 23 chickens and they do free range.
     
  6. MandyH

    MandyH You'll shoot your eye out!

    Turkeys: gamebird starter 5 at $15 per bag
    Chickens: layer crumbles 10 at $8 per bag
    Ducks: Truckload of bread at $9 a week
    rabbits: rabbit pellets 2 bags at $11 per bag
    cats: meow mix 3 @ $6 per bag
    dogs: Iams mini chunks 2 bags at $29 per bag
    Equals $289 a month. AND that's about a third of what it was last summer.
     
  7. miss_jayne

    miss_jayne Lady_Jayne

    Jun 26, 2008
    Columbiaville, MI
    $280 a month right now while growing out about 300 Dixie rainbows plus 11 coops of chickens, turkeys, ducks, guineas and multiple brooders.
     
  8. SimplyForties

    SimplyForties Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Hi MandyH, love your avatar. What's that bumper sticker? My kid and all my money go to OleMiss? It's a beautiful campus and a nice little town. He's on his last year there and I'll miss the opportunity to visit.
     
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  9. lamelde

    lamelde Out Of The Brooder

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    You guys are scaring me - I'm a new egg (still) and I want to increase my flock (3 ISA Browns - 1 Silver Pheonix) and I bought 5 chicks (mutts) last week.

    I wanted to add some broilers - but the cost of raising them vs just buying one?

    What's the average COST of raising your own broiler from egg/chick to meat on the table?
     
  10. racuda

    racuda Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I don't know about that, but after building 5 coops and buying feed, wazine, ivermectin, DE, oyster shell,etc., my eggs cost me about $18 a piece. [​IMG]
     

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