Boiling it down to return on investment (after buying the coop and chickens):
- 50 pounds of chicken feed = $15, enough to feed two chickens for six weeks
- two chickens lay about a dozen eggs a week
- you're paying $2.50 per dozen fresh eggs from your own back yard (compared to $4.50+ for farm fresh organic eggs in the store)
- bonus: your birds will eat the weeds and bugs in your backyard and give you rich manure for next year's garden.
Still interested in learning more? See my one-year recap of raising urban chickens or dive into the list of recommended chicken-raising books.
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