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How much does it cost to raise backyard chickens? So your kids (or spouse) talked you into chickens. Now, one of the first questions that came up was probably: "How much is this going to cost?" The good news is chickens are really not that expensive to keep and there are lots of ways to cut costs and save money. This article will give you an idea of how much you can expect to fork out for the chickens and their basic needs, as well as some ongoing costs. Let's say your starting small, with only 3 hens. The approximate costs would be: Chickens: $3.00 to $30.00 per chicken depending on breed and age. Coop: $50.00 (secondhand/recycled) to $600.00 (new) Feed approximately $15.00 per month. Miscellaneous $10.00 per month. **Please note: that all prices listed here are estimates only and can vary greatly from state to state, between cities and towns etc. So shop around for the best prices before buying, especially with ongoing expenses such as feed. All prices listed are US$. BUYING CHICKENS **Tip: Starting with small chicks instead of buying mature chickens can save you quite a bit of money, though the downside is you will have to wait 5-6 months for eggs. I once calculated that if I bought day-old chicks instead of POL hens from a breeder, I would've spent half the money I paid for those pullets! If you decide to raise your own chicks you can expect to pay $3.00 and $5.00 per chick (day-old) for popular breeds and for rare breeds you can expect to pay up to $50.00 or more per chick. Older chicks and mature chickens' prices vary greatly between breeds, age of the chickens etc. Expect to pay $20.00 and $50.00 for a pullet and $5.00 to $15.00 per rooster. **Tip: Unwanted roosters are often offered "free to good homes", so if you're not fussy about the breed/quality and want to get a rooster for your flock, keep an eye out for Free Re-Homing adverts. HOUSING YOUR FLOCK If you decide to raise chicks you will need a brooder for them. A basic pre-made brooder will cost you between $75.00 and $100.00. Most chicken owners build their own or improvise brooders out of a large range of items. Old rubber maid tubs, crates, packing cases etc will serve you well for a small number of chicks. (Make sure you allow enough space - ideally at least 1 sq foot per chick - for the little guys as they will need to stay in there for around 6 weeks, unless the weather is really mild and you can move them to the coop sooner.) You can also build your brooder out of recycled materials.

As a chicken farmer noobie much thought and research has went into finding out what breeds of chickens will be best suited for the intended purpose and the area that I live in. This guide was intended for people that don't know much about chicken breeds and will help them narrow down what options there are to fill their needs. When it comes to chickens there are many options that are available, and some are rather important to keep in mind when selecting a breed because this could mean the difference between a happy health flock and a stressed, non productive, and illness stricken flock. There are several things to consider when choosing a breed for your backyard farm and they include the following: Climatic Hardiness Rooster Vs. Hen Egg Production Meat Production Foraging Capability Predator Awareness Handling Ability and Flightiness Broodiness Ornamentablity Climatic Hardiness This is probably the most important factor to consider when determining what breed of chicken is right for you. Climatic hardiness is the simple question of can this bird survive the temperature of my area without being placed under more than usual stresses. For instance, if you lived in Alaska and you know that temperatures get down into the -20's or -30's you wouldn't want to buy a Naked Neck breed . Another example, is if you lived in Southern Texas and the temperatures get well above 100 degrees you wouldn't want to buy a Brahman that has feathered legs. These options are often an issue for owners that live in areas with extreme temperature swings but some areas are lucky enough that there mild temperatures allow for a more diverse flock. There are several adaptations that chickens have developed in order to cope with various temperatures swings. Some examples include comb and wattle type, body size, feather color, and leg feathers. These options are important because they could determine whether your flock thrives or dies. Rooster Vs. Hen The sex of a bird is usually not a question to most owners as they hands down prefer hens over roosters. There are a couple reasons for this as roosters don't lay eggs well (Joke- Non at all!), they are also noisy, and love to fight amongst themselves for competition to see who can rule over the females. The hens however are very functional by themselves as they don't need their counterpart in order to lay eggs, become surrogate mothers for chicks , and may be used as meat birds after they become older. Roosters do have some uses and don't always have to be a burden to flock owners. For instance, there would be no chickens if it weren't for them as they are needed to produce viable fertilized eggs. They are also great protectors of their hens in a flock and will lay their life down as a protector. They are also loved in poultry shows as a result of their brilliant colors and essence of proudness. It is best to limit the number of roosters that are designated to each flock as they have a tendency to fight over hens. Lets face it, some chickens are just better egg layers than others and this is a major factor to consider when choosing a breed. For me an abundance of eggs is one of the most important reasons to have a backyard flock. However, if you do not choose the correct breed you could be out of luck when it comes to having a multitude of eggs. Over the centuries there have been many breeds of chickens that have been genetically selected and bred for there ability to produce eggs almost on a daily basis, and others not so much, as they are intended for other purposes. There is much debate as to which breed is the best layers and everyone is entitled to their own opinion. Two of my favorites are the Rhode Island Red and the Austrolorpe .


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These chickens are named serama chickens and in some southeast asia countries are called the little soldier!! Check the index for the page for these hatching eggs!!

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essex rape seeds

Dwarf Essex Rape OrOlam King Shot Food Plot Seeds For Whitetail Deer & Goose Contains high protein forage Rape seed. Seeds for Honey Bees, Deer,Turkey, Goose, Pheasant & Quail Food Plot Forage Well suited for almost any soil, early maturing, Desired by most wildlife Maturity - 70 to 90 days OrOlam King Shot Food Plot Fast growing seeds Serious whitetail hunters are looking for ways to increase their chances of scoring on that trophy. OrOlam King Shot Food Plot Seeds Fast growing King Shot will mature at different periods throughout the year, offering a food plot the deer will crave during the spring, summer, fall and winter. If you can only plant one food plot, you most plant OrOlam KingShot!!

hen house

PawHut 59" Wooden Outdoor Chicken Coop Hen House with Nesting Box and Run Descriptions Treat your chickens to the good life they deserve with this chicken chateau from PawHut! Our deluxe chicken coops are both stylish and functional. This model includes both indoor and outdoor spaces for your chickens to enjoy while being protected from predators and the elements. Easily access the interior of this coop via liftable roof sections on the nesting box, or the lockable doors on the front of the house and run. Provide your hens with their very own poultry palace from PawHut! Features - Quality fir wood construction with elevated house, nesting box, run, ramp, and doors - Raised perch to keep your chickens safe, dry, and warm - Removable sliding tray for easy cleaning - Non-slip ramp allows chickens to easily enter the raised house - Durable chicken wire keeps your pets safe from predators and promotes air circulation - Hinged nesting box for easily gathering eggs - Window allows light and fresh air into the interior - Ideal for rabbits, chickens, ducks, guinea pigs, and other small animals - Assembly is required with all necessary hardware included Note:Small coop, 2 grown chickens suggested Specifications - Material: Fir Wood - Color: Natural Wood - Net Weight: 39.6 lbs. - Overall Dimensions: 59.25"L x 21.25" W x 34.25" H - House Dimensions: 19.75" L x 18.25" W x 26" H - Nesting Box Dimensions: 18" L x 9.75" W x 12.75" H - Run Dimensions: 19.75" L x 18.25" W x 8.25" H (under house), 26" L x 18.25" W x 25.75" H (side) - Window Size: 2.75" W x 4" H - Door Size: 8.5" W x 10.5" H (house), 11" W x 16.25" H (run), 8" W x 9" H (inside door) - Slide-Out Tray Size: 19.75" L x 18.25" W - Ramp Size: 23.5" L x 8" W

Chicken Coop Brown 157x97x110 cm Wood - $187.99

Chicken Coop with Nest Box Mocha 193x68x104 cm Solid Firwood - $134.99

Chicken Coop 10x2x2 m Galvanised Steel - $438.99

Chicken Coop with Runs and Nest Box Aluminium - $428.99

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