Want to start raising Chickens for your own eggs?
So, you want to start raising chickens for your own eggs? If your like me and you want to be a little more self-reliant in these crazy time, raising chicken can provide you with a steady source of protein with out having to kill anything might be what your are looking for! I convinced my wife on the idea of having some chickens on the farm. It is the best thing we did. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
Having the only pet that poops breakfast great! Not only do you wake up every morning where fresh eggs are waiting on you to harvest and you didn’t even have to strain for it. The hens will keep you smiling! They are funny little girls. The way they walk and run will make you giggle along with the sounds they make. They make a wooing sound that is hypnotizing. They always have an eye on you to.
How much does it cost to raise chickens for eggs
Raising chickens for eggs will coast you around $25 to $50 depending on the types of feed and supplements that are used. On a hobby farm these prices can be lowered by using alternative means when raising chickens. Feeding table food scrapes, allowing the chickens to free range will reduce your feed cost at the same time producing healthier chickens.
4 Supplies needed to raise chickens
- Chicken layer feed
- Chicken Calcium supplement
- Chicken Grit
- Wood shavings- if raised inside
Monthly Cost to raise chickens
|Chickens||Layer Fed||Calcium Last 6 months||Grit 3-6 months||Wood shaving|
|6 Layers||$15 – $30 organic||$20||$10||$10 -$15 per bag|
|12 Layers||$30 – $60 organic||$10 -$15 per bag|
|24 Layers||$60 – $120 organic||$20||$10 -$15 per bag|
|48 Layers||$120 – $240 organic||$20||$10 -$15 per bag|
The cost of feeding chickens can be reduced by adding in other alternative feed sources when raising chickens.
4 Ways To Save Money Raising Chickens
- Free range
- Feed kitchen scraps
- Grow mealworms
- Ferment Chicken Feed
5 Free range chicken benefits
- Healthier Chickens
- Eggs will be more nutrient dense
- Lower Feed Cost
- Lowers Bug Population on your land
- Ads More Proteins to the chickens diet
Free range chicken benefits start with promoting healthier chickens by receiving daily exercise that will intern remove on wanted bugs and pest from your property, simultaneously providing more natural protein to the chickens. Lowers the feed cost to raise the chickens and at the end makes happier chickens. Win Win no matter how you look at it.
Feed chickens kitchen food scraps
Feeding Kitchen scraps is a great idea. Chickens can eat almost anything. Never feed your hens food scrapes that contain anything high in salt or too much fat. No rotten or rancid food waste.
What food is bad for chickens?
8 foods bad to feed chickens
- Raw potato
- Dried beans or dried rice
- chocolate or candy
- Junk food
Grow mealworms to feed chickens
My chickens love the dried mealworms you can buy for them as treats. I have since embarked on a new venture. I am breeding my own meal worms to feed my chickens. It takes time for them to move from the worm stage, pupa stage then to beetles. I plan on making a blog post that covers the method to breed your own mealworms if you want to start a new project to feed your chickens more natural protein.
Also check out my blog post on What do I need to raise chickens in my backyard
If you are looking for the Best egg laying chickens here is a list of the top hens on the list. The cart below of the Best Egg Laying Chickens will provide some frequently ask questions about each hen.
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