Eggs ready to sell tomorrow. It seems like every backyard farmer wants chickens, if you are planning on it look into it ALOT! Some people can do things very inexpensively and others have to buy everything, I had to buy everything for the coup they are in, and it ran around $2000. Part of the reason it cost so much was that I had one earlier that was thrown together but I couldn’t keep raccoons out of it and ultimately lost all my chickens. When my wife wanted chickens I said OK but it’s going to be expensive because I didn’t want to loose the birds to predators again, and I ran electricity to it for heated water in the winter and lights to see when it was dark.
Chickens are also very destructive if allowed out, we have had to change the way we let them range and it still isn’t perfect. The chickens had the whole back yard but they dug up my fruit trees and killed all the grass. A plastic safety fence was put up to keep them out but they cut through it. Since the green house they have been trying to dig it up. In the very near future I will put a more substantial fence to keep them out from my trees and the green house/garden area.
As stated earlier they are expensive, and yes we sell eggs and get chicken for the freezer. Now they pay for themselves for the most part but considering fencing and coup we are probably down to about $10 for a dozen eggs for our use, and they are broken. My math may sound strange but generally there are enough broken eggs for us to eat so I sell the ones that aren’t broken. Eventually we may come out in the black on the chickens.
As bad as I said they were we do enjoy having them, if your only reason to have a homestead or backyard farm is to make money your in the wrong business. Get chickens if you want them but they aren’t easy and be cautious with all the hype over chicken tractors, to work you need a good bit of land if they are on the ground, it doesn’t take long to tear up an area.