Having chickens is a small step toward sustainability. This wasn’t a cheap endeavor like I imagined it would be. We spent about $150 in chicks and at least $500 on the chicken house/coop. Thankfully as the chickens age and we get new chicks, the costs will be significantly lower.
I love walking outside and having them all run to me and follow me around with their beady eyes and “feed me” looks.
We have 15 chickens which I realize seems like a ton. . . but we are feeding our family of 7 and the daycare occasionally uses eggs as well. Our family eats eggs every morning (with the exception of two of us who are doing an egg tolerance challenge right now).
I buy approx 1- 25lb bag of chicken feed every month. I’ve been purchasing a special organic blend made locally that is soy free. It runs about $27 per bag. We also give them scratch on occasion and of course, grit. Since we are getting 11-14 eggs per day, that’s a pretty good price if we don’t factor in coop and start up costs.