Buying a baby chicken can cost anything from a few cents to hundreds of dollars (for purebred breeding-quality chickens). On average, though baby chicks should cost less than $5 for most chicken breeds. The specific cost depends on a variety of factors, such as the sex of the chicken (females usually cost more than males), how rare the breed is (rare breeds cost more), and if it is a hybrid chicken (like an Easter Egger). Started pullets, which are young female chickens that are about 4 weeks old,, cost on average $15 to $25 each. Laying hens can cost anywhere from $10 (for mixed breeds) to $100 (purebred from a hatchery). Certain breeds, like the all black chicken Ayam Cemani, can cost up to $5,000!
I have been selling grown laying hens in my area lately and was wondering what price should I sell them for I have been selling them for 10 bucks each and that seems a little low but I don’t want to charge to much and people not buy them on average what’s a good price to sell laying hens for
- Baby chicks: Starting at $1, averaging about $5
- Started pullets (4 weeks – 16 weeks): About $15 – $25
- Laying Hens: About $10 to $100, depending on breed
Laying hens can become a great source of income if you have quality, well-bred chickens and are willing to raise them to that point and sell them! This fills the need for people who don’t have the time or equipment to raise chicks but want to own chickens for all their goodness. You will also find a complete care guide for your hens to get them in egg-laying shape!
When figuring costs to determine how much do chickens cost, you need to make assumptions. I will show you the math for one chicken, even though no one actually raises one chicken. (I don’t think you can even buy just one chicken). That way you can add up how many birds you need to get how many eggs you want. For my bird I selected a heritage variety that will commence laying at 22 weeks. You can get hybrids that start laying at 17 weeks so you can adjust your numbers for them if you’d like. I also rounded my numbers to the nearest 1/10th of a cent.
A chick will eat an average of 1 pound of feed per week for its first 10 weeks. A mature bird will need approximately 1.5 pounds of feed per week, although that number can go down if they’re able to free-range for some of their own food. Chickens also love kitchen scraps! So how does feed affect the cost of raising backyard chickens? You’ll want to start chicks with “Crumbles” or chick starter feed, which usually costs from $0.50 -$0.75/lb., with organic options being on the more expensive end. Layer pellets for adult chickens can cost from $0.25 – $0.75/lb. with some organic options costing as much as $1.50/lb.
Breeds of Laying Hens
White Leghorns: These hens start laying around 16-17 weeks and lay 280 eggs annually. They are a nervous and flighty breed but they are a hardy breed.
Rhode Island Red: These chickens have a hardy temperament and lay around 260 eggs a year. They begin laying around 18-24 weeks.
Barred Plymouth Rock is a calm breed that lay 260 eggs a year and starts laying around 18-22 weeks.
Golden Laced Wyandottes: These hens are a very docile bird and lay around 200 eggs a year starting around 18-20 weeks
New Hampshire Red: They are more competitive and aggressive and when they begin laying around 18-21 weeks they will lay around 200 eggs a year.
Buff Orpingtons are very easy to handle and are very friendly. They begin laying eggs around 19-24 weeks and will lay between 150-200 eggs a year.
Australorp: These birds are a very hardy breed. They begin laying around 22-24 weeks and will lay around 250 eggs a year.
Speckled Sussex is a very docile and curious breed that will lay between 250-300 eggs a year starting around 16-20 weeks.
Prices of Laying Hens
$15.00 – $250.00