Free Run Chicken Eggs or Meat for Profit
I ran into it somewhere on the internet the past few days. It said you can expect to use about 50 hens per acre free run on grass and not have it run down and kill the grass. You do have to move the hen house frequently around the land and do some other things so as not to kill off the grass. although you might want to rest the land at times to avoid disease getting into the land and back at the chickens.
It said you can get about 1000 dozen eggs per year but this was out in CA with year around good weather and laying. It said you can get about a dollar extra per dozen on free run chickens. So if you can manage $2 a doz on any eggs then maybe get $3 a doz on good free range eggs. So you can pick up maybe an extra $1000 per year profit per acre on free run eggs. Not really very much for all the work and expense.
I am in New England and it is warm here only about 4 to 5 months max per year. the other 7 or 8 months are cold.
It said you will only save about 5% to 15% on feed costs. So not much there.
Can anyone comment on their experience with selling eggs.
It seems to me you can sell meat or eggs from the chickens. It seems to me that eggs would be less work and better profits. Well maybe more profit on meat but a lot more work having to butcher say a hundred or thousand birds a year.
Let say you do meat birds for income. You do 10 batches of 100 birds for 1000 birds over the year. This is all hypothetical and not practical.
It seems to me butchering 1000 birds is almost impossible. But having a huge building with 1000 egg layers is more possible.
What experience do people have trying to make a profit. Maybe growing tomatoes and sweet corn is smarter. or strawberries. etc.
I am not trying to be lazy but a one man operation has to figure the labor carefully. I can only work say 100 hours a week. I need some sleep and time off etc. so If one man gets into something that is too labor intensive he is sunk.
What do you say. Does anyone have any practical experience..
Thank you all
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