I thought I would share my journey to fresh backyard eggs and the costs involved. So far my total investment for the chicks and their feeders and mash has been $26. That is it. The chicks were a couple of bucks and everything else was pretty reasonable.
In fact I had just cashed in our cans and plastic and had $30 in my pocket so no additional money spent.
I did order on book from Amazon. I had enough gift card money from Swagbucks that it didn't cost me a dime. I keep doing my searches and daily polls on Swagbucks and just load my $5 gift cards I earn to my account so I have money in there when I want to order something.
So far the girls are in a box I had in the garage and I am just using a desk lamp. They seem fine. When we transition to the garage they will be in a huge box we already have out there with a cover. So no money spent there.
The coop will of course be our biggest expense. We will model the structure after this one. Our area is long and narrow behind our garage. The box will be similar but their area will extend about ten feet out so they will have lots of room to scratch and move. I will be able to come around the other side of the garage and gather eggs without going in the coop. I will just lift the back lid. We thought of doing it in a rubbermaid container but plastic in a hot SoCal summer seemed like it would be too hot. Hubby has a project cut out for him doesn't he? What a guy. I hope it goes together well and doesn't take too many days to get it up.
After the cost of the coop is in I have read that the average price of keeping a small flock is about .50 per dozen eggs. I'd say that is pretty good considering that a dozen organic eggs is about $3-$4.
Also I will have all the free chicken manure I need to add to my compost. So no more buying bags of it every spring.