How Much Do Farm Animals Cost?
Raising farm animals needs thorough planning. You will want to know what kind of animals you’re going to raise, the budget you would like to spend, as well as the availability of the space you will utilize. Usually, the decision also lies on what kind of farm animals you prefer to have. These animals can be grouped into dairy animals, such as the cow and goat, or poultry animals, such as chicken, turkey, ducks, etc.. There are also animals that are used for transportation such as horses and donkeys. The prices of the farm animals will vary depending on some factors such as the age, the breed, and the ability of the animal to serve its purpose productively.
How much is it?
- A dairy cow is going to cost around $750 and on up to $2000 or so. A Jersey (bred back to a Jersey bull) can cost around $850 to $1,500 or more.
- Goats are sold at prices ranging from $50-$250 depending on the age, breed and the inclusion and non-inclusion of registration.
- Laying hens generally cost around $16 each. Chickens will cost anywhere from $2-$12 per bird depending on the breed
- Turkeys are going to cost $6-$13 per bird. Ducklings are priced at $3 to $9. Goslings have prices ranging from $9 to $50.
- Horses are sold around $1,200 to as much as $25,000.
- A donkeys can have a price range of $600-$2000.
- A pig, such as a pot belly pig, is going to range anywhere from $300 to $800 each. There are many types such as black and exotic ones.
- Sheep are going to cost anywhere from $90 to $700 each depending on the market.
- For those that want a rabbit for their farm, expect to pay anywhere from $5 to $65 each.
What is going to be included?
- The prices for farm animals are usually for pick up. Dealers will only ship orders when buyers will buy the minimum order requirement for free shipping.
- Some of the prices may or may not include the registration of the animals.
- Some farmers may include the up-to-date vaccinations and/or checkups from a local vet depending on the age. Be sure to get all paperwork if these things are going to be included. This is good for your records.
- Some farmers may also include start up packs that may include the feed, accessories and more.
What are the extra costs?
- Buyers will be spending an extra cost for transporting the animals to his farm whether you choose to purchase online or from a local farmer. Depending on the animal size, you may need a trailer; larger animals such as a horse are goingwill require this in order to get from point A to point B.
- The maintenance and development of the area where the farm animals are to be raised is a large extra cost. Most of these animals are going to need a larger plot of land that is fenced in.
- The daily maintenance for the animals such as the food, water, and other accessorizes. Each animal is going to greatly vary depending on which one is purchased.
How can I save money?
- Buying in larger quantities will qualify you for discounted prices. For instance, a duckling that is priced $6 can only cost $4.50 when you purchase 25 to 50 birds.
- In order to save, you may also buy the younger farm animals since they are not expensively priced.
- Buying from the neighboring farm will also save you money on the transportation expenses.