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Our first flock of chickens, purchased 25th, March, 2014.

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Our original "two day old chicks" purchased on the 25th of March, and our 41 additional chicks purchased five days later, are all now 70 days old, or 10 weeks, one day old. 










One died from wrye neck. One was given away to a family member last week. So, we are now down to 59 birds of the original flock.


This flock is now on their 3rd sack of 30 kilos of maintainer feed, plus 1 sack of 30 kilos of grower feed, plus 5 kilos of grower feed on the day we bought the first 20 birds. So, all in all, they have consumed most all of that feed (the current sack has only been feeding them for two days), plus various fruits and veggies we have given them along the way.


The largest chickens are over 1.5 kilograms. The smallest are over 1.0 kilograms


Each full sack has cost us $18.75, plus $3.75 for the first 5 kilos. This comes to a total of $78.75, plus fruits and veggies in the amount of $22.00.


So, about $100.00 USD to raise 61 chickens to twelve weeks old. (Bear in mind, the current sack of feed will last almost two weeks.)

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so your cash input is about $1.60 per bird right?


and average sale price is $5?


decent margin even after labour and cost of sale?

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Well, to be honest, they aren't the highest maintenance animals to keep. I wouldn't complain if we could end up with $2.50 to $3.00 profit per bird. 


By the way, at twelve weeks, they will be every bit of 2.0 kilos, if not more.

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