By on Feb 29th, 2012 | Livin' the Dream

I like to make things look pretty. Pretty awesome, that is!

20 Responses

  1. Beth March 2, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    Awesome it is, for sure and for certain. Funny, the names we choose for our chickens… I had a Buff Orpington named Goldie and a goldfish named Mr T! My favorite hen was a little black, half bantam I named Ella. Best mama hen ever! Her sister was Aretha. Sadly, a fox got both of them in one day, along with four others. Greedy little shit.
    One thing about your very cool visual: waddle is a way of walking while wattle is the fleshy dangle on fowl, and fish too.

    • Kyla Tom March 6, 2012 at 9:34 am

      I love your name choices! My favorite chicken was a Buff Bantam Cochin I named “Bud.” He was a super sweet rooster. Thank you for the spelling edit. I will get that fix in there right away.

  2. Samantha King March 3, 2012 at 10:33 am

    It costs $2.00 for a dozen eggs around here in southern NM. If you have just the right amount of chickens, around 10-20. Its cheaper to feed and keep the chickens, plus you get enough eggs to sell and make some feed money. (-:

    • Kyla Tom March 6, 2012 at 9:35 am

      Good to know chickens can pay off monetarily as well! It can be quite the guessing game to find out how much keeping chickens costs, and I hope this infograph at least helps give people a baseline. Thanks for your input!

  3. Faith April 16, 2012 at 11:57 am

    Great infographic! I love it!!! My pullets are on their way. They’re names are: Nugget, Potpie, Kabob, Olive and Parm. Olive is an olive egger, of course.

    • Kyla Tom April 17, 2012 at 9:07 am

      Nice! I just let my little pullets out free range with the rest of the big chickens this weekend. Got some new-to-me breeds this year so it will be fun to watch them grow!

  4. Fianou June 23, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    Eggs actually cost around $4 a dozen for battery hens where I live and around $5-6 for free range. Eggs are expensive! This also doesn’t account for being able to feed food scraps to the chickens and grow green feed. That’s a lot of free food there without having to buy feed, if they are free range they will find their own bugs and insects also. You probably would buy them some feed, but it would not be heaps.
    This also doesn’t factor in people wanting to get their eggs from happy healthy chickens, wanting the joy of having chickens ( they have great personalities), and the freshness of the eggs. But yes the coop itself would be quite expensive, especially as in my area they are required to have a cement foundation.

    • Kyla Tom August 2, 2012 at 12:25 pm

      Yes, prices do vary quite a bit and there are a lot of factors involved in figuring out how much your chickens will cost you. I myself feed my chickens food scraps and they spend all day outside, but they still do eat quite a bit of feed. But I am more than happy to have them as pets and for their extra nutritious eggs!

      I agree coops can get spendy for sure… I did spend quite a bit on mine, haha (my neighbor calls it “the chicken hotel”).

  5. Em August 17, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    Surprisingly, though we live in New Zealand, the money amounts are very similar (our eggs, even cage ones, are a bit more pricey). Great graphic! Will be sharing this!

  6. Irene November 10, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    The one benefit from your own chickens is the amount of composting they do if you pile leaves etc in their yard. Instant good soil for the garden and no need to burn off! Unfortunately we had a very greedy fox that got our five one morning, (Dooby, Bear, Chicken, Penny, and Jay) and now I have piles of leaves and twigs to get rid of which never happened when they turned and turned it looking for bugs.

    • Kyla Tom December 13, 2012 at 9:32 am

      So sad to hear about your chickens. Right now I have set my chickens loose in my garden so it will be ready and fertilized for spring, which will be great!

  7. Brittany March 15, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    What a great graphic!! I am part of a group that is trying to legalize backyard hens. Can I have your permission to use this in helping our more “uneducated” residents become less fearful?

    • Jens Odegaard March 19, 2013 at 8:12 am

      Hi Brittany,

      Glad you like it. Feel free to use it as long as you attribute it back to us and don’t use it for commercial purposes.


      Money Side of Life Editor Jens Odegaard

  8. Natalie August 2, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    Love the graphics. I’m just at year one of keeping my hens. Started with 4 chicks, added on 3 hens who needed a home, now down to 5 as I lost one to a raccoon (suspect at least) and another who got hurt by likely the same raccoon or pack.

    I’m still not sure how I’m going to handle humanely putting my chickens to rest once they reach age 7 – 13 as that’s when I read they will be at their end. Until then I like to watch them, spoil them with healthy food and as for another benefit — there are areas of my large backyard which were always choice for weeds to grow, not anymore! They scratch and dust bathe in those areas with shade and the areas are about 100% weed free. I do have city code to be bothered with as for limits on the amount of hens I can have but my neighbors (current ones at least) just love the hens. It’s a constant compliment from them, when they have a dinner party out on their back porch their guests just say…”Cool! She has chickens!” I do occasionally give the neighbors a half-dozen eggs just to reward them for the 7-8 AM clucking at laying time. I’d probably give them more but my Mom and Dad are first on my list for giving healthy organic eggs.


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