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Feeding chickens will be one of the main costs associated with raising chickens. Many people want chickens in order to have fresh eggs, but in order to know if it it worth raising chickens you should find out what the cost to feed chickens is. Although the cost to feed chickens will vary based on what you are feeding your chickens as well as a few other factors which we will discuss, you should be able to come up with a ballpark figure.
Feeding Chickens – Type of Feed
First, you will need to decide what type of feed you will be feeding your chickens. The cost of feed for chickens can vary quite a lot based on if you are feeding regular chicken feed or a non-GMO organic chicken feed. In general, you can get a 50 pound bag of regular chicken feed for about $12 – $15. Non-GMO organic chicken feed will run you about $30 per bag for 50 pounds. So, you can see that feeding chickens organically will about double your cost of feed.
Amount of Feed per chicken per day
A standard sized chicken will consume about 1/4 (or .25) of a pound of dry chicken feed per day. This amount is for fully grown chickens. Younger chicks will obviously eat less as they are smaller. Of course, if you free-range or feed fermented feed you may end up feeding your chickens less each day. But for our purposed we will use the 1/4 of a pound estimate.
So, what is the Cost to Feed Chickens?
If you are feeding your chickens regular chicken feed, the cost to feed your chickens will be about 7 – 8 cents per day. The way to figure this out is to find the cost per pound of feed ($15/50lbs). Regular feed costs about .30 cents per pound. Next, figure out how many pounds of feed a chicken will eat per month. To do this take .25 (amount per day) and multiply by days in the month (30). This tells you a chicken will eat about 7.5 pounds of feed per month. Next, find out the cost to feed a chicken per month by multiplying pounds of feed per month (7.5) by cost of feed per pound (.30). This tells you that the cost to feed a chicken for one month is about $2.25. You can then divide that by 30 to find out the cost per day.
If you are feeding chickens organic feed, the cost will be about double this. The cost to feed your chickens per day will be about .15 cents. Organic feed costs about .60 cents per pound. You’ll still be feeding your chickens 7.5 pounds of feed per chicken per month. So, the cost to feed a chicken per month on organic feed is $4.50.
To find out how much it will cost to feed your entire flock of chickens, you can just multiply the cost per month (or per day) by the number of chickens you have (or intend to have).
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If you are hatching chicks, you may also be selling them too! And, if you are selling chicks, you may be wondering how to get them to people who are far from where you are. Well, as you probably know, shipping day old chicks is an option. Without knowing how to ship chicks, and it seem really scary to stick them in a box and send them on their way. As long as you have proper chick shipping supplies and follow a few chick shipping guidelines, you (and your sweet chicks) should be good to go!
Here is how to ship chicks with our step-by-step guide
Whether you are just thinking about getting chickens or perhaps already have chickens, you may wonder how much feed per chicken you can expect them to eat. Of course, how much feed your chickens will consume will depend on a few factors. We will look at age/size as well as feed supplements as we assess how much feed per chicken you will need to provide.
So, here a Chicken Feeding Guide to find out how much feed per chicken will be needed.
First, let’s talk about adult layers. A generally accepted layer feed consumption per day is .25 or 1/4 of a pound of chicken feed per day. This is assuming that you are feeding adult layers a regular dry chicken feed as their only source of feed.
Next, let’s talk about chicks from hatch to 8 weeks of age. Of course, a little baby chick is not going to be feed as much as an adult chicken. From our experience raising pullet growouts, each chick will eat about 5 – 6 pounds of feed from day one to 8 weeks of age. The first few weeks, they don’t consume much feed. But at week 4 or so, they can really start to plow through their feed.
A few factors to take into account when looking at how much feed per chicken to provide:
- As discussed above, age is an important factor. Babies and young chicks won’t consume as much feed.
- Size of birds. If you are feeding bantam (small sized) breeds like Silkies, they will obviously eat less than heavy breeds such as Orpingtons.
- Feed Supplements. If you are feeding your chickens in addition to their regular feed, their feed consumption will decrease. So, for example, if they are getting lots of garden scraps, scratch, mealworms or are free-ranging they will be getting nutrients from additional sources and will not need as much feed per day.
- Feeding set-up. If you are using no-waste feeders or fermenting feed, your chickens will be getting more of the good stuff and wasting less. This will mean less feed per day per chicken.
- Health and Environment. If your chickens are sick at all, if they are molting or if it is very hot or cold (or any type of extreme environment) then they need more feed in order to combat the stress on their bodies.
Any questions on how much feed to provide your chickens? Drop them in the comments below!
Silkie Chickens are a favorite around here. If you are looking to add a new breed to your flock and aren’t sure which breed to get, Silkies are definitely a breed to consider. If you want to know the full top 5 breeds for your backyard flock check out this ebook!
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