The chicks, though 3 days late, finally got to Tractor Supply Company on Wednesday! Luckily, Todd had the day off, and by the time TSC got their shipment in, they had 30 assorted laying pullets. I asked Todd to rush down there and get 5 (because I was told that that was how many is required by law in Ohio.)
When Todd got there, he found out that, by law, you have to get 6, he got an extra one. Each chick was $2.49.
So far, these are these are the expenses from the chicks:
$8.51 – chick food (25 lb bag)
$1.50 – two sturdy plant trays to make home-made feeder and water dish
$14.94 – price for 6 chicks
$24.95 Total cost of chicks at one week old
The Rubbermaid container is something we had empty around the house. The heat lamp is something we bought for Squiggy to keep him warm in his house outside. I got the shredded paper from work. The feeder and water dish are used plastic tubs with holes drilled in them to dispense food and water. One has a screw through the bottom, the other is glued to the plastic plant tray.
I will keep a running total of how much the chickens cost us. We will need to change their food to laying food within 10 weeks. I hope they go through the bag in that time. I hate wasting food. I will supplement their food with oatmeal. Once the 10 weeks is up, we have to provide them with laying feed. So, there are more costs involved with the chickens. Not to mention Todd is still contemplating how he’d like to make the hen-house. We are trying to get what we can from Freecycle so that it costs us little to nothing to make. We will find out in the next 10-12 weeks!
**NOTE: We lost 2 of them within the first 36 hours. L We are down to 4 chicks. I am hoping we don’t lose any more.
For your viewing pleasure, here are a few pictures of the chicks.