Emily Simmons wrote:I'm logging my expenses for this chicken venture...just to see how expensive that first egg ends up being. Figured I'd toss it up there so you can laugh, cry, commiserate, or criticize.
We've had these 8 chickens for 6 1/2 weeks, so...
the breakdown (rounded and not including tax):
$34 - 8 chicks
$17 - brooder materials/supplies
$65 - feed and other things that go in their beaks
$292 - hoop coop building & moving materials
$21 - supplies
$50 - bits and bobs that I messed or that didn't work out
$479 - Grand Total (so far)
Nearly all the materials were bought new; nothing to scrounge around here and Craigslist is banned.
I did have the brooder box on hand (twice); I started them off in a big Sterilite tote, then moved them to some moving boxes when they got too big for the tote.
I could fit 21-32 birds in the coop if I really wanted to (and committed to a pasture or run). However, I probably really ought to have build a smallish chicken tractor.
I have managed to feed them 18 1/2 lbs. of kitchen scraps in about 11 days, so the feed is being stretched.
I reused the quart waterer as a chick grit dispenser, when I got them a gallon waterer.
I should have just gotten a big bag of starter/grower off the bat. That would have halved my feed cost right here.
Umm...can't think of anything else at the moment!