I mentioned earlier this week, that we made a chicken tractor and bought some chickens. We are doing this for a couple of reasons:
- So we can have free range eggs (the chicken tractor is mobile, and allows the chickens to free range around our yard when we move the tractor).
- So my children can see where their food is coming from (great education).
- So I know what is in our food.
- Because it’s fun!
The ultimate questions with this is the following: Is it cheaper to do this vs. buying eggs from the store. My answer is: Probably not. But it’s still too soon for me to really say that this is the case, one way or the other. Here is a break down of our costs so far:
Chicken Tractor: $100.68 in materials (we built it ourselves).
It could actually be done for cheaper, depending on the materials you find. See how to make your own chicken tractor here. More tutorials:
Cost for feed, waterer and two babies chicks we purchased: $12.99 + $13.66 = $26.65 (will show pics of the babies soon).
Total cost for start-up: $175.33
I’m going to have to start hunting down deals on chicken feed though, to see if I can keep our monthly costs down. The chickens are getting table scraps as well as chicken feed. I haven’t been able to find an organic feed locally yet, so I had to settle for the “natural” stuff at the local feed store which is over $8 for a 25 lb bag. Not the best deal by a long shot, so I am on the prowl.
Do you have advice for me as a new chicken owner? I’d love to know how to find the best deals on chicken feed, and what I should expect in the coming months in regards to chicken care.