How Much Does a Live Chicken Cost?
Many different chicken breeds exist that are of different sizes and colors. Whether it’s for laying eggs or being used for meat, the prices will vary.
How much is it?
- On average, baby chicks cost $1 to $5 each, and this depends on the age (price peaks at around 21 weeks of age), sex (females cost more than males) and also how rare the breed is. You can expect to pay an upward of $18 to $30 for a rare breed. A started pullet (a young hen that has just started to lay eggs) should cost about $15 to $20 each.
- eFowl.com has a variety of breeds for sale. Here, breeds range anywhere from $2.50 to as much as $10.
- According to SuburbanChicken.org, baby chicks can cost $1 to $5, while a rare breed can cost upwards of $25.
|Easter Egger||$2 to $3.50|
|Barred Plymouth Rock||$2.50 to $3.50|
|Silver Laced Wyandotte||$2.50 to $3.50|
|Buff Orphington||$3 to $4|
|Jumbo Cornish Cross||$3 to $4|
|Cinnamon Queen||$3 to $4|
|Rhode Island Red||$3 to $4|
|Black Australorp||$3 to $4|
|Bantam||$3.50 to $4.50|
|Sicilian Buttercup||$3.50 to $4.50|
|Sultan||$3.50 to $4.50|
|White Yokohoma||$4 to $5|
What is going to be included?
- A chicken is a domesticated (farm) bird which is kept for eggs and meat. It belongs to the Red-Jungle Fowl sub-species and is the most domesticated fowl in the world. One of the features which differentiate chicken from most other birds is the fact that it has a comb and two wattles. These are secondary sexual traits and they are more prominent in males.
- Chickens lay a varying number of eggs depending on the age and breed of the chicken. Pure-breed hens lay fewer eggs compared to hybrid hens which have been bred specifically for laying.
What are the extra costs?
- Like most birds, chicken require fresh food, water as well as an enriching environment. Its living space needs to be roughly cleaned out (skipped out), on a weekly basis. Thorough cleaning out should be carried out every month. The cost of feed can be around $15 per month. Experts note that you should be prepared to spend $50 to $100 for the first six months of the chicken’s life.
- A secondhand/recycled coop will cost about $50, while a new one will cost $600.
Tips to know:
- Check out the local trading magazines, local papers as well as notice boards to see whether there is anyone selling chicken locally. In case there are any other chicken keepers within your area, you can find out from them where they sourced their chicken from and whether they would recommend them. You are best buying chicken locally instead of ordering them online from many miles away since long journeys can put the bird under lots of stress which does not get them off to a good beginning.
- Before buying chickens, check with your local ordinances to make sure they are legal.
How can I save money?
- Farmers who keep chickens for egg production often sell off their chicken after a year, and you can purchase these hens for as little as $0.50 each. Another good place to look would be in farm magazines and local papers that list plenty of live chicken stock wholesalers in their publications.
- You can also opt to buy chicken from a livestock auction or acquire rescued battery chicken.
- With most places, the more you purchase at once, the more you’re going to be able to save.