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3D design /drawing – Commercial Layer Chicken House

Owning a chicken farm can be both an exciting and lucrative adventure. The cost of building a commercial layer chicken house depends on its design and material specifications. What is a layer house? It’s a farm building or shed where female chickens (Layers) are kept for the purpose of laying eggs. Depending on the size of the building, this chicken farm is capable of small to large-scale egg production, so you can build a house to accommodate as low as 10,000 layers, and up to 200,000 birds. The design in this post is for 20,000 layer chickens.

There are two main types of poultry houses, an automated/mechanically ventilated house, and a naturally ventilated house. The design you choose depends on many factors such as the weather/climate conditions in your region, the amount of budget (finances) you have for each of the design alternatives, the ground conditions, the availability of specific materials in your area and the amount of labour, time you want to cut or put in.

If you need to improve productivity and increase efficiency on your farm, you will have to invest in technology. An automated layer house has mechanically controlled systems for feeding, drinking, egg collection and manure removal. The ventilation is also automated, adjusting and changing accordingly with the environmental temperature, wind pressure, humidity and lighting. This commercial chicken house will save you a lot of money, especially in reducing labour costs. One man can run and manage the entire farm via the control room and occasionally inspecting the building.

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Cost Estimate for Building a Chicken House for 20000 Layers

Elemental Analysis of Construction Cost

Commercial Layer House for 20,000 Chickens

1 SUBSTRUCTURE – $33,883

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2 GROUND FLOOR – $128,733



5 ROOFS – $8,831

6 FLOOR FINISHES – $21,421






12 OTHER – $32,100


14 SOIL DRAINAGE – $1,523

15 FIRE SERVICE – $691


17 PRELIMINARIES – $20,623



Cost/m² – $306.97

How To Build a Layer House for 20,000 Chickens

A typical modern commercial layer chicken shed is usually built to save material costs, especially the wall envelope. So instead of having clay brickwalls or concrete-block walls spanning the floor-to-ceiling height (e.g. 3500m), you will replace them with a lightweight cladding material such as EPS, XPS, PU, PVC Foam sandwich panels. Profiled steel/aluminium cladding sheets are another type of material that can be used for walls and roof covering.

Building a portal frame steel shed is much cheaper and convenient than building a regular full brick house. A steel house has steel columns (H-sections), reinforced concrete bases and steel beams (roof rafters – I sections) as its structural frame. Z-steel sections are used for roof purlins. U-steel sections are used as wall side rails, providing a frame on which to fix side cladding. The following are elements of a steel farm building. The step-by-step construction process is depicted by pictures below:



Prepare Site:

Clear site of all vegetation, bushes, shrubs, grass etc, including grubbing up roots, stumps and removing all rubbish and debris – Area: 96,580 x 18,040mm

Topsoil excavation/scarifying 150mm deep to reduced level, levelling the site and compacting – Area: 96,580 x 18,040mm

150mm compacted hardcore, 50mm sand blinding, DPM (Vapour barrier), 150mm concrete slab, 25-30mm granolithic screed.

Dig Holes:

From reduced level, Excavate holes for RC column base foundations – 1000 x 1000 x 700mm deep.

Compact bottom of holes, then add 50mm sand blinding. If the soil is weak, add a 50mm layer of soilcrete, also known as concrete blinding or weak concrete, Grade 10Mpa or 15Mpa.

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Excavations Plan – Commercial Layer Chicken House foundations

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Site Excavations – Poultry Layer House

Dig Trenches:

Excavate trench for manure conveyer belt, depth 1,100mm from reduced level. The manure conveyer belt channel (pit) is located on one end of the building, running along the internal width of the house, and out into an external pit where a second conveyer belt is connected to send the waste into a truck or commercial container. The dimensions for the conveyer belt pit are shown on the drawings.

The 3 rows of A-Type, 4 Tier chicken cages (82m long), installed in the house, have their own manure collection conveyer belt system located under the cage. Trenches or pits are not needed for this system, so no excavations will be made.

Concrete Column Bases:

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Site Plan – Reinforced concrete foundation bases for layer poultry house

Size of RC concrete bases – 1000 x 1000 x 1000mm deep.

Install rough formwork to sides of excavated holes for RC bases – 1000 x 1000 x 1000mm high.

In the bottom surface of excavated holes, pour 75 mm concrete cover (Grade 30Mpa), then Lay steel reinforcement bars ( as shown in the Engineer’s Bar Bending Schedule) and pour in concrete Grade 30Mpa/19mm for RC column bases. Leave the concrete to set and cure for 21 days.

Thickened Edges for RC Slab (Floor):

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Site Plan – Thickened edges for reinforced concrete pad / slab built above strip level.

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Site Plan – Reinforced concrete foundation edges for raft foundation

A raft foundation will be used for this house, as well as the service/control room. A raft foundation is basically a reinforced concrete floor slab with a thickened edge.

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Raft foundation dimensions:

Thickened edge: 450mm wide x 225mm deep

Floor slab: 150mm

Overall depth: 150 + 225 = 375mm


Plinth Height (Top of Foundation Wall above ground level – Reduced Level) = 300mm

Foundation excavation depth for thickened edges: 375-300 = 75mm

Excavate foundations 75mm deep. Compact bottoms and add sand blinding.

Install smooth formwork to sides for thickened edges, overall depth/height – 375mm

At the bottom of excavations, pour 75mm concrete cover (Grade 30Mpa), then Lay steel reinforcement bars ( as shown in the Engineer’s Bar Bending Schedule) and pour in concrete Grade 30Mpa/19mm for RC thickened edges. Leave the concrete to set and cure for 21 days.

Earthworks: Filling Under Floors:

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Substructure cross section details – Foundations and floor filling for portal frame chicken house.

When the concrete for Thickened Edges has cured and hardened inside the formwork, carefully remove the formwork and store it away on the site.

You now have a reinforced concrete foundation wall 375mm high and 450mm thick. This foundation wall will enclose the filling under the floors:

Compact the excavated surfaces. On compacted bottoms, add a 150mm layer of hardcore material (gravel, crushed bricks, stone etc.)

On top of hardcore material, add a 50 or 75mm layer of sand blinding. This provides an even surface to lay a concrete bed. It also protects and shields the DPM (Damp proof membrane) from damage by hardcore material.

On top of sand blinding, add a layer of DPM, also known as a moisture barrier or vapour barrier.

On top of DPM, pour in a 150mm thick concrete bed. This should include reinforcement rods / bars, laid appropriately according to the Engineer’s Bar Bending Schedule.

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Reinforced concrete slab and floor for portal frame chicken shed.

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Concrete floor and slab for poultry shed

Floor Finish:

The floor finish suitable for a farm chicken house will be a granolithic screed. Add a layer of 25 to 30mm screeds (1:4 cement plaster screeds steel floated on concrete).


Portal Frame:

At this stage, you have to start building the superstructure. The structural frame for this chicken shed consists of steel columns (H-sections – 152x152mm/23.4kg/m) and steel beams (I-sections – 150 x 75mm/14kg/m). A crane will be used to lift, move and place the heavy steel sections in position. The steel columns are 3,400mm high on the sides, and at least 3,400mm or higher on the front and back elevations of the house.

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Steel portal frame side rails, columns and roof purlins

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Steel portal frame back elevation

To complete the portal frame, steel beams (roof rafters) are erected. The steel rafters have an overall base span of 11,560mm. Each rafter has end plates and haunching welded to both ends. At least 6 holes are drilled on the end plates to allow for bolting to the H-section universal column. The other end is bolted to the apex where the rafters meet to form the ridge.

The universal column has a base plate (15mm thick) welded at the foot. Four holes are drilled on the base plate. Stiffeners (L x T x 150 x 50mm) may be welded around the column foot, 2 on each corner for extra stability. The column will then be held in vertical position and fixed to the concrete base with 4 anchor bolts (holding down bolts) embedded in the concrete. The L-shaped anchor bolts are cast in situ, meaning they are embedded at the time the concrete is poured in place. Columns will be fixed on the base only after the concrete has hardened and cured, at least 21 days or more from casting.


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Steel portal frame and Dado wall 840mm high

The next step after erecting the portal frame (columns and beams) is building a Dado brickwall. In this particular project, a combination of brickwork and profiled steel/sandwich panels will be used. About 75% of the wall envelope will be profiled cladding sheets, and 25% will be brickwalls. Build the wall, starting at plinth level or floor level. The base brickwork (Dado wall) for this poultry house will be 840mm high. The height of a Dado wall is roughly the height of a kitchen table.

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Portal frame, dado wall and chicken manure conveyer belt

In this project, hollow concrete blocks of standard size 390 x 140 x 190mm high (code M150) will be used.

Wall Cladding:

The two main types of cladding material that you can use for a portal frame wall are profiled cladding sheets and sandwich panels. What you choose depends on your budget, specifications, weather conditions and the availability of such materials in your area.

Cladding sheets are thin single layers available in different materials (steel, aluminium, galvanized iron, metal alloys, PVC, fibre glass and non-metal polymers.)

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Portal frame shed – wall cladding using sandwich panels

Sandwich panels have at least two layers. The most commonly used sandwich panels have two or three layers, which include the core material and the skin material. The core material is much thicker than the skin, so depending on the thickness of the core material, you can have panels ranging in thickness from 5 to 200mm. The core material is usually made in foam, honeycomb or solid structure. The skins are sheets, covering the core and providing an aesthetic architectural profile.

Various types of synthetic and non-synthetic material can be used for core material – Polycarbonate, PP, PVC, Balsa, Aluminium, Polyurethane (PU), Extruded Polystyrene (EPS) and XPS.

For this commercial poultry house project, profiled multi-clad sandwich panels are used.

Multi-Clad Sandwich Panel:

Cladding panels 870mm wide,

Rib depth – 32mm,

Flat sandwich core depth – 50mm,

Overall depth – (50+32) =82mm overall depth.

2636mm high Wall Panels.

Wall Framing – Side Rails:

In a steel building such as this portal frame chicken shed, metal side rails are fixed across the spaced columns around the building. They provide a frame on which to fix side cladding / sandwich panels. C-Section steel rails (ref: 122 C18-3.54kg/m) shall be used for this wall framing plan. Z-Section steel rails are also a commonly used alternative for wall framing.

When framing around doors and windows, vertical steel rails (mullions) will be included, along with head and bottom rails (transoms).


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Portal frame house – roof covering using sandwich panels

Purlins: Z-Section steel purlins (Ref 122 Z 18 – 3.54kg/m). Fix steel purlins at 1200mm centre to centre spacing across the I-Section rafters.

Roof Covering: Multi-clad sandwich panels 6066x870mm wide, rib depth 32mm, flat core 50mm, overall depth 82mm.


Poultry Layer House

40mm thick hardwood double door 2000x2400mm high, with steel pull handles and dead lock.

Service Room

40mm thick hardwood flush panel door 813x2023mm high, with mortice lock and steel handle.


Electronically controlled air conditioning is required for a big modern farm chicken house. The internal gross floor area for this building excluding the service room is 90,000 x 11,560mm.

Cooling Pads:

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Cooling pads for poultry house – size 2500 x 2000mm high. Back elevation

These are installed on the sides of walls. They are rectangular panels, at least 150mm thick, housing a honeycomb pad which cools down hot air as it passes through the pad. Each panel has a water distributor at the top which keeps the pad wet. The water is drained out of the pad via outlet pipes or water reservoir located at the bottom.

Cooling panel size – 2500x2000mm high, 4 on the back, and 10 on side elevations.

Evaporative cooling pads are essential in hot climates where temperatures are high. They are also needed during the summer season. Hot dry air (e.g. 40 degrees Celsius) will be reduced to about 26 degrees Celsius as it enters the building. This maintains a healthy environment for chickens.

Cooling Fans:

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Cooling fans for poultry house and manure conveyer belt – Front elevation

These are installed at the front or back of the house depending on the site location and house design. For this house plan, eight 50 inch butterfly cone fans will be installed. Cooling fans provide an exhaust for internal air. They also help to maintain a constant circulation of cool fresh air inside the building.

Air Vents:

These are small windows (600x300mm high) also known as air inlets, installed higher up the wall, about 3000mm from the floor level depending on the building height. Vents will supply the house with natural ventilation at all times. They have an opening leaf hinged at the top or bottom, which is automatically controlled by static pressure or manually operated by a winch.

Total number of windows – 25×2=50

Specialist Installations

Electrical Installation:

Will the chicken house be powered by solar panels or municipal electricity supply? This is a question that you have to answer. For a municipal connection, you will need to connect to an existing service panel installed by the local electricity board. You will also need to distribute and install electrical circuits inside the building including lighting fixtures, switches, power sockets etc.

Environmental Control Monitor:

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Service room housing the environmental control monitor for the poultry house.

This monitor is installed in the service room. Feedback from sensors inside the building can be seen, routine tasks can be set, initiated or stopped. Here, the service room attendant can control and monitor all the automatic, electronic and electrical installations in the chicken house. These include:

  • Feeding line
  • Drinking line
  • Exhaust fans
  • Cooling pad
  • Air vents
  • Stockline system
  • Lighting
  • Internal temperature
  • External temperature
  • Humidity
  • Wind/air speed
  • Alarm system
  • Heating system

Automatic Feeding Line:

The equipment includes drivers (motors), feeding pipe, pan, box, auger and sensor –

Automatic Drinking Line:

The equipment includes auto doser, filter, meter, main pipe, pressure controller, water level monitor, reinforced pipe, drinking nipple and water cup –

Automatic Main Stockline:

The equipment includes feed silo, weight sensor, location sensor, feed pipe, auger and driving equipment –

Automatic Egg Collection Line:

This system eliminates manual labour costs as well as breakage of eggs by over 99%. Eggs laid by chickens slip into a conveyer belt for transportation to the collection point.


Temperature Recorders:

This device is installed inside and outside the building to measure environmental temperature.

Humidity Sensors:

The device is installed indoors to measure air humidity.

Air Speed Sensors:

The device is used to measure air and wind speed.

Light Sensor:

This electronic system will activate and deactivate lighting based on the time of day or lighting conditions inside the house.

Cooling Pad Controller:

The device controls the cooling pads inside the house.

Cooling Fan Controller:

The device controls the cooling fans inside the house.

Air Vent Controller:

Static pressure sensor and auto controller for air inlet windows, to allow for natural ventilation.

Heating System:

Chickens should be provided with enough warmth during the cold season. A central heating system fired by coal, gas, oil or electricity should be installed. The heating system comes with an auto-control device monitored in the service room.

Alarm System:

Alarm for emergency alerts and status updates of the environment.

Chicken Cages

Three rows of A-type, 4-Tier, 5 Door chicken cages made of steel mesh wire will be installed on the floor. Each cage measures 1950x450x410mm high. A 4-tier set (8 cages) can accommodate 160 chickens.

Chicken house internal dimensions: 90,000 x 11,560mm wide.

Configuration – 3 rows per chicken house, 42 sets per row, 126 sets.

Accommodation capacity – 160 birds/set * 42 sets/row * 3 rows= 20,160 birds per house.

During the factory manufacturing process, the steel cages are treated with electrostatic spraying and epoxy resin powder coating to resist corrosion and increase their lifespan by up to 20 years.

Manure/Waste Removal System

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Aerial plan showing the internal and external chicken manure conveyer belts

Cage Waste Conveyer Belt

There are two types of manure waste removal systems – using an automatic/mechanical scraper that scraps waste collected inside the pit below the cage or using an automatic manure belt conveyer fixed under the A-Type, 4-Tier cage rows. If you need the later, the conveyer belt comes attached to the cage, so you have to buy a specialized A-Type, 4-Tier cage system for this purpose.

In this system, chicken waste falls on the conveyer belt which moves the waste to a collection pit at the other end of the cage row.

Collection Pit Conveyer Belt

Internal Pit

A brickwall pit approximately 1000mm wide and 1400mm deep from floor level is built along the internal width of the house to accommodate a manure belt conveyer that collects waste from the cages, and sends it to an external pit.

External Pit

The external pit is a brickwall structure, about 2700x1800x1400mm deep. It has its own conveyer belt inclined at a slope of less than or equal to 25 degrees. This conveyer belt takes waste from the second chain to a truck or container stationed outside the house.

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How much does it cost to make a chicken house? ›

A professionally-built chicken coop costs $650 on average. While most homeowners pay between $300 and $2,000, prices for a chicken house can span from $180 to $8,800 or more. Prices depend on coop size and design, type of materials and the amount of prep work needed, such as land clearing or removing a tree stump.

How much space do I need for 1000 layer chickens? ›

The ideal floor space requirement for layers is 1.7 sqft per bird. For instance, the space required for 1000 broilers is 1500 sqft while the space requirement for 1000 layers is 1700 sqft. You can use the calculator above to determine the floor space requirements for 500, 5000 or 10000 broilers or layers.

What is the standard size of a poultry house? ›

The width of the open-sided poultry house should be about 30 ft (9.8 m) and no more than 40 ft (12.2 m) wide. Houses that are wider will not provide ample ventilation during hot weather. Wide houses also require additional interior supports that may interfere with equipment or manure removal.

How much does it cost to build a poultry house in South Africa? ›

The South African poultry industry has room for growth and the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development has called on young people to take advantage. On average, it could cost you between R20,000 to 50,000 to start your own chicken farm, depending on how big or small you're starting.

How much does it cost to build a layer poultry farm? ›

Total expenditure for 10000 Layer Poultry Unit= Rs 40,95,040.

How many chickens are in a layer house? ›

The majority of medium (30,000 to 99,999 laying hens) and large (100,000 or more laying hens) farms used high-rise housing as their primary manure-handling method (61.1 and 62.0 percent of farms, respectively), while the majority of small farms used raised slats over floor (62.9 percent of farms).

How much space do I need for 2000 chickens? ›

For birds ranging from 19 to 42 days of age they need a floor space of 1000 cm2, 6-7 cm of feed space and 3 cm of water space. Layer Poultry: a) In case of deep litter system, a floor space of approximately 2 sq. ft. per bird must be provided.

How much space do 100 layers need? ›

There is some evidence that better lay- ing results are obtained by increasing feeding space per 100 layers from 35 to 48 ft. and even up to 60 ft.

How much space do you need for 5000 chickens? ›

Area required for 5000 birds

If you are thinking about a 5000 chickens farm, then you must have at least 0.5m x 0.5m square meter area for a chicken till its full growing process time. That means you should have a 1500 square meter area of 15m x 100m.

How much land will be required to make a capacity of 10000 birds poultry farm? ›

Land development @ 20000/- per acre for one acre20000
Fencing @ 20000/acre per one acre20000
Construction of Brooder cum grower house one sq.ft/bird for 10000 birds @Rs.250/sq.ft2500000
A bore well with submersible pump90000
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What is the best poultry housing system? ›

If you are ready for the tips, then here goes;
  • Controlled Access. ...
  • Comfortable flooring or bedding for the birds. ...
  • Convenient To Clean. ...
  • Easy Egg Collection. ...
  • Good Lighting and Heating System. ...
  • Proper Ventilation. ...
  • Effective Waste Disposal Unit. ...
  • Divisions for Different Ages and Species of Birds.

How many eggs does a layer lay a day? ›

A hen can lay only one egg in a day and will have some days when it does not lay an egg at all. The reasons for this laying schedule relate to the hen reproductive system. A hen's body begins forming an egg shortly after the previous egg is laid, and it takes 26 hours for an egg to form fully.

How much is a layer chicken in South Africa? ›

The broiler market – chickens for meat – or the layer market – these are chickens that lay eggs. Depending on where you are in the country, a box of 100 day-old chicks will cost you between R850 to R950.

How much does it cost to raise 100 broiler chickens in South Africa? ›

The quoted prices are usually per standard box carrying 100 chicks, which would cost R8,45 (VAT included) per chick plus transport and delivery of R75 (VAT included) per 100 chicks for a total cost of R920.

How much space do you need for 20 chickens? ›

As we mention in our Chicken Coop Buyer's Guide, you need somewhere between 2 and 4 square feet per standard size chicken in order for them to live comfortable, healthy and happy lives. So, your coop needs the following amount of square feet: 20 Chickens: 40-80 square feet. 25 Chickens: 50-100 square feet.

How much is a layer? ›

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! Here's where to buy baby chicks and started pullets. If you only want female chickens (pullets), then learn how to sex baby chicks here.

How do you increase egg production in layers? ›

  1. Tip #1. Introduce birds to their new environment one to two weeks prior to lay.
  2. Tip #2. Increase the amount of feed or the energy content of the diet. ...
  3. Tip #3. Ensure proper feeder design. ...
  4. Tip #4. Adjust the feed formulation to meet higher calcium requirements.
  5. Tip #5. Ensure strict biosecurity.

How much space do 500 layers need? ›

For 500 layers, the minimum space requirement is approximately 875 square feet. Walls can be made of chicken or mesh wire material. When using cages, a floor dimension of 12" x 18" can accommodate at least three birds and a maximum of five birds.

How do you calculate chicken space? ›

Calculating the Size of the Chicken Coop and Run

As a rule of thumb, provide a minimum of 3 to 5 square feet per chicken in the chicken coop and a minimum of 10 square feet per chicken in the run. Reserve about 2 square feet in the coop per bantam. Provide a nest box for every three to four hens.

How much space do layers need? ›

Chapter 4: General Management
Chicken typesFloor Space (birds/m2)Perch Space (per bird)
Layer325 cm (10 in)
Dual Purpose420 cm (8 in)
Meat4-515-20 cm (6-8 in)

How many bags of starter do I need for a 100 broiler? ›

How many bags of feed for 100 broilers for 6 weeks? A broiler would consume an average of 4.25 kg from day old to the end of the 6th week. So, 100 broilers would consume (4.25 X 100) = 425 kg or 17 bags of feed for 6 weeks.

How much space does 1000 broilers need? ›

When popholes are used these should be at least 35 cm high and 40 cm wide and allowance must be made for at least 2 meter per 1000 birds.

How do you preserve chicken layers? ›

8 Tips for Layer Production and Health
  1. Provide quality feed. To keep your chickens productive and healthy, feed them the best food you can afford. ...
  2. Clean nest boxes frequently. ...
  3. Allow free-ranging. ...
  4. Supplement with calcium. ...
  5. Inspect chickens regularly. ...
  6. Secure the coop. ...
  7. Provide fresh water. ...
  8. Control parasites.
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How much profit does a poultry farm make? ›

If you start layer farming from a small level i.e. 1500 chickens, then you can earn 50000 to 1 lakh every month. For this, first of all, you to find a place for poultry farming. About 1-2 lakh will have to be spent on cage & equipment. A budget of 50000 will have to be kept for buying the chickens.

Is there profit in poultry farming? ›

Poultry farming is one of the fastest-growing and most profitable agri-business in the current Indian market scenario. Moreover, poultry business is the best idea for those who want to pursue a successful agri-business career in India.

How do I start a poultry farm business plan? ›

1. Select the sector that suits your interest, this includes-
  1. Meat production (through broilers breeding)
  2. Eggs production (through layers breeding)
  3. Production of poultry feed.
  4. Equipment manufacture required in poultry farming.
  5. Eggs and meat processing.
  6. Chicken hatching.
  7. Packaging and marketing of eggs and meat.

What is the ideal direction for the construction of a poultry house? ›

Correct orientation of tropical poultry houses parallel to the shadow of a vertical pole, during hot A.N. 17. –Layout should not allow visitors or outside vehicles near the birds. –The sheds should be so located that the fresh air first passes through the brooder shed, followed by grower and layer sheds.

What are the equipment used in poultry house? ›

Heater: Heat management is very necessary for poultry farming. Bulb, heater or other heating equipment can be used to warm up the poultry cage. 9. Egg Handling Nest: Egg handling nest or cages are used for transporting eggs from one place to another places.

What are the types of roofs used in poultry houses? ›

Slatted or Wire Floor Poultry System.

Which is more profitable layer or broiler? ›

In the long run, Layers farming on a large scale will be more profitable and bring in more revenue than broiler farming as after laying of eggs, the birds can be sold out as meat even though at lesser price than that of broilers.

How do I start a layer business? ›

How to Start a Layer Farm for Egg Production
  1. White Egg-Laying Hens. This type of hens is comparatively smaller in size. ...
  2. Brown Egg-Laying Hens. Brown egg-laying hens are s larger in size. ...
  3. Location. ...
  4. Set-Up Capital. ...
  5. Get Chicks. ...
  6. Feeds and Water Management. ...
  7. Vaccination. ...
  8. Marketing.

How do I start a commercial egg farm? ›

How to Start A Pastured Poultry Egg Farm - AMA S8:E1 - YouTube

How many months do layers lay eggs? ›

EGG PRODUCTION CYCLE. Birds usually start to lay at around five months (20-21 weeks) of age and continue to lay for 12 months (52 weeks) on average, laying fewer eggs as they near the moulting period. The typical production cycle lasts about 17 months (72 weeks) and involves three distinct phases, as follows.

How many weeks do layers lay eggs? ›

Patrick Biggs, Ph. D. Many hens lay their first egg around 18 weeks of age and then lay up to an egg each day, subject to breed, environment and individual bird. At 18 weeks, choose a complete layer feed with the Purina® Oyster Strong® System to help your hens lay strong and stay strong.

How much feed does a layer eat per day? ›

The feed should be fed ad-lib to laying birds from the onset of laying, which is around 18 weeks, up until the end of laying. Each bird is expected to consume between 115g-125g of the feed per day.

How much does it cost to start a small poultry farm in South Africa? ›

On average, it costs between R20,000 to R50,000 to start a chicken farm poultry business in South Africa. This depends on the size of the farm, what type of housing you will be using, where the farm is located, and the breeds you will be farming. Growing a day-old chick typically costs around R40 to the point of sale.

How much does it cost to start an egg business in South Africa? ›

How Much Does It Cost To Start An Egg Business In South Africa? New entrepreneurs and small-scale farmers are gaining access to promising new poultry products in South Africa, so now is a great time to start their own business. However, before you start a successful business, you'll need at least R20,000 to $50,000.

How do I start an egg laying chicken business in South Africa? ›

You can start your layers egg farming business by buying point of lay layers or day old layer chicks. If you buy day old layer chicks, you will have to raise them till they are 19 weeks, which is the time they will start to lay eggs.

How do you make a chicken house? ›

The floor should be made of concrete with rat proof device and free from dampness. The floor of the house should be extended 1.5 feet outside the wall on all sides to prevent rat and snake problems. The door must be open outside in case of deep-litter poultry houses. The size of door is preferably 6 x 2.5 feet.

How much does a chicken run cost? ›

The typical cost range for a chicken coop is $300–$2,000. A large, high-end chicken coop can run $4,000 or more. Cost factors include coop material, style, and labor. You should also budget for ongoing costs and maintenance.

How much land will be required to make a capacity of 10000 birds poultry farm? ›

Land development @ 20000/- per acre for one acre20000
Fencing @ 20000/acre per one acre20000
Construction of Brooder cum grower house one sq.ft/bird for 10000 birds @Rs.250/sq.ft2500000
A bore well with submersible pump90000
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How much does it cost to build a poultry house in Nigeria? ›

Poultry Farming in Nigeria startup costs: 500 birds (point-of-lay layers): N1,500,000. 5 cages (100 birds-per-cage) to house the 500 birds: N450,000. Cage house or pen construction: N1,500,000.

The average cost to build a chicken coop is about $650 (professionally built coop for 6 chickens with a run using lumber). Find here detailed information about chicken coop costs.

Chickens need a coop as well as a run.. If you want something easy to clean, long-lasting, and good for your chicken’s feet, consider rubber mats.. Some people think runs of 25 feet per chicken are better.. The larger your coop, the more it will cost to build.. Make sure you have good access to the coop for cleaning, feeding, and egg checking.. Make sure that your coop and run are fenced in with a material that keeps out predators.. Ducks require more room than chickens, so plan on having 4 to 6 square feet per duck, depending on their size.. You can, but ensure that it has good ventilation, nesting boxes, and a roost.

Do you want to start a poultry farm and you want to know the cost? If YES, here is an estimated cost breakdown to open a poultry farming business

Do you want to start a poultry farm and you want to know the cost?. When starting a poultry farm business , you just have to get your costing cum economic analysis right if your intention of building the business is to generate profit, grow the business and perhaps expand the business and start exporting chicken and eggs within your country and other countries of the world.. Other factors that may be slightly different in terms of costing when it comes to starting a standard poultry farm business in any of the countries listed above are cost of labor, cost of poultry feed, cost of poultry medication, cost of transportation and logistics, local tax, insurance policies, business incorporation fee, promotion and branding cost, rent/leasing amongst other factors.. The cost for the purchase of poultry feed and poultry medication – $35,000.. Construction Costs The next stage after purchase of land is construction.. The price would also depend on the size of the chicks.. Again, you should have a budget of at least $500 for about 200 birds.. You can make a budget of at least $1,000 for that but the actual cost would depend on labor rates in the country where you want to set up your poultry farm.

Understanding the price of any pet is an important first step. This guide help you understand the average cost of raising chickens.

How much does it cost to own chickens?. Just the chicken, of course.. Before you start considering any other factors, you need to think through the most basic expense – buying chickens.. There are plenty of ways you can cut costs when purchasing your chicks and chickens.. The next factor that you need to consider is how much it is going to cost to feed your chickens.. Another way to cut costs when feeding chickens is to allow them to free-range.. You’ll need to factor in other expenses when it comes to raising your chickens, too.. Once you have your coop built, you’ll need to fill it with supplies like feeders, waters, nest boxes, and roost bars.. You can either build your own chicken coop or you can purchase one from the store.. Cochins aren’t the most popular chickens out there, but there are plenty of excellent reasons to raise these hardy birds.. Plus, you’ll get both eggs and meat!. If you are willing to invest a little more time in raising your chickens, you can sell started pullets for $15 to $25 each or laying hens for $25 to more than $100, depending again on the breed and your location.. You will want to price these carefully, basing your numbers on the type of eggs you are raising and where you live.

Are you thinking about getting some chickens? This article will help you to estimate the actual costs of keeping a few chickens in your yard. Usually folks

We are going to break down the cost for you so that you have a more reasonable idea of what it is going to cost to have those fresh eggs on the table.. Let’s start with the exciting costs – buying your chickens!. You can buy hatching eggs, chicks, started pullets or get some rescue hens.. If you buy chicks you will require a brooding box, warming plate, special chick feed, feeder and waterer among other things.. They will cost more than chicks but are much easier to care for than chicks.. Chick starter/grower (24%, 20%, 15%) Layer feed Meat feed Game feed Scratch grains Corn (cracked and whole). The average 50lb bag layer feed will cost between $13-25.

How to start a profitable free range chicken farming business and the free range chicken farming business plan (PDF, Word and Excel financial statements)

Free range chicken farming is a very profitable business, and many people are making money all over the world by raising free range and backyard chickens.. However, to build a successful, sustainable free range poultry farming business, you require sufficient knowledge of how to efficiently raise free range organic chickens, good management skills, and a good poultry farming business plan.. This article will outline how to start a free range chicken & egg production business, and the free range chicken farming business plan – PDF, Word and Excel.. Free range chicken and backyard chicken production is a lucrative business, but there are some essential things you need to do before you venture into the business.. and write a good free range chicken farming business plan before you venture into the poultry business.. We introduced the business plans after discovering that many were venturing into the free range chicken business without enough knowledge and understanding of how to run the business, how to keep the birds, lack of understanding of the financial side of the business, lack of understanding of : the industry, the risks involved , costs and profitability of the business; which often leads to disastrous losses.. The StartupBiz Global business plan will make it easier for you to launch and run your free range chicken business successfully, fully knowing what you are going into, and what’s needed to succeed in the business.. Marketing Strategy Financial Statements (monthly cash flow projections, income statements, cash flow statements, balance sheets, break even analysis, payback period analysis, start-up costs, financial graphs, revenue and expenses, Bank Loan Amortization) Risk Analysis Industry Analysis Market Analysis SWOT & PEST Analysis Operational Requirements (Including technical aspects of how to keep and rear the free range chickens, feed requirements etc) Operational Strategy Why some people in the free range poultry business fail, so that you can avoid their mistakes Ways to raise capital to start your free range poultry business. Free Range Chicken And Egg Production Business Plan – PDF file (Comprehensive Version – 93 Pages) Free Range Chicken And Egg Production Business Plan – Editable Word File (Comprehensive Version – 93 Pages) Free Range Chicken And Egg Production Business Plan Funding/Bank Loan Version- Editable Word File (Short version for applying for a loan/funding – 44 pages) Free Range Chicken And Egg Production Business Plan Automated Financial Statements – (Editable Excel File)

How much space do I need to have backyard chickens? Our FREE chicken coop size tool provides space requirements. Number of chickens, breed, coop & yard type.

Before you build or buy a chicken coop, you need to make sure it's going to be the right size.. The chicken run is a fenced-in area connected to the coop where chickens can roam around.. In this guide we’ll go through the different things you’ll need to consider when building/buying a chicken coop.. Be sure to use our coop size calculator at the top of the page before you plan or buy a coop.. If a coop is not properly ventilated, it will lead to respiratory issues for your chickens, cause materials in your coop to deteriorate quickly, and frankly smell like your worst nightmare.. This could either be with a roof on the coop, or shelter than the chickens can find inside the coop itself.. Well, it has to do with how chickens perch in their coop!

Are you about starting a chicken farm? If YES, here is a complete sample free range chicken farming business plan template & feasibility report you can use FREE

Why Start a Free Range Chicken Farm?. Osmosis Free Range Chicken Farms is well positioned to become one of the leading free – range chicken farming business in the United States of America, which is why we have been able to source for the best hands and machines to run the farms with.. Our Products and Services Osmosis Free Range Chicken Farms is a standard free range chicken farms company that is committed to raising chickens for both the United States’ market and the global market.. Osmosis Free Range Chicken Farms is a world class and registered free range chicken farms company that is committed to raising chickens for both the United States’ market and the global market.. Below are the sales projections for Osmosis Free Range Chicken Farms®, LLC it is based on the location of our business and other factors as it relates to free – range chicken farming start – ups in the United States;. Below are some of the basic areas we will spend our start – up capital in setting up our free – range chicken farm in the United States of America;

Learn how to process and sell chickens for meat on your small farm. Take these steps to start a profitable small chicken farming broiler business.

If you've decided to start a small farm business raising chickens for meat, you're probably wondering where to begin.. Chickens that are raised for meat are called "broilers.". Broiler chickens are raised in houses , which are large, open structures where they can roam, explore, eat, and hang out with other chickens.. The most significant returns are from selling broilers over eggs or raising turkeys if raising poultry for profit.. A supply list for a broiler chicken farm is exhaustive.. Chicken coop or house: A broiler needs 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 square feet of indoor spaces per bird.. Cost of processing and storage locker fees : You can expect butchering costs to be about 20 cents to 50 cents per pound; it depends on whether you sell chickens or cut them up.. Research the state laws that apply to you because knowing where you'll get the chickens processed and how much that will cost will affect your business plan.. We've established that raising chickens for meat is more than raising chicks for seven weeks.. For your broiler farm to be successful, you will need to keep the farm sanitary, including litter management, monitoring the flock's health daily, feeding and changing the water at least twice a day.. When thinking about how you want to set up the farm, consider whether you're going to keep a chicken house or pasture-raise your chicken.. Some broiler farms also breed broilers too.. Usually, broiler breeder farms are operated by broiler hatching egg farmers to raise female (hens) and male (roosters) birds to breed broiler chicks.. Depending on the laws, your markets, and your comfort level, you may decide to slaughter and process the chickens on the farm.. Whether you're bringing them to the farmer's market, selling to restaurants, or going direct to consumers, you'll need to refer back to your business plan to sell the chickens you've so carefully raised.

One of the first questions people ask me when they hear I have a flock of chickens in my backyard is, “Are backyard chickens worth it?” Here are some other questions that I am asked and a number of reasons I give people who ask me.

One of the first questions people ask me when they hear I have a flock of chickens in my backyard is, “Are backyard chickens worth it?” Here are some other questions that I am asked and a number of reasons I give people who ask me.. We want to keep our eggs as organic as possible for I do spend around $400 a year on organic chicken feed.. I know I could save a lot of food.. They are getting a little older (both girls and ladies).. Chicken can cost anything from $3 to 33 dollars ahead People like myself build our coops, but on average people tend to spend around $500.. Feed costs around $15 a month Sunday costs another $10 a month. My wife and kids and I love spending time with our ladies.. My kids love the fact that they can eat comfortably in the knowledge that they are eating an omelette that is entirely free from the cruel world that battery hens live in.. If you don’t want to wait for chicks to mature enough to lay, might want to consider saving a battery hen.. My six hens produce more than enough fertilizer for both our greenhouse and yard every year.

Before purchasing chickens it is vital to first decide on your chicken housing. Many factors need to be considered, and we take a really in-depth look here.

Therefore, by constructing a chicken coop, it will be easier for you to clean the coop instead of cleaning the entire backyard.. Free-range housing doesn’t guarantee the protection of the chickens from predators unless you’ve built a fence around the housing.. If you have a large number of chickens, a bigger space that’s confined to chickens only, and no chances of predators attacking your birds, then you should go for free-range housing. Cages made of wire flooring are easier to clean.. Best Breeds for Cages Compared to larger breeds, Bantam chickens live happily in cages because they’re smaller in size and require less space.. But before you do that, fence the area to protect them from predators.. With the chicken tractor, you can easily move the chickens to one place, while you clean the area.. A chicken tractor, on the other hand, cannot protect that much against air and water.. Since chicken tractors do not have flooring and you can move it from one place to the other, there’s no need to clean your garden.. When considering the size of the chicken coop, don’t forget to allocate sufficient space for the nest boxes, feeder, waterer and dust bath.

Experiencing cost overruns? Learn the top reasons construction projects go over budget & how to control costs with the right tools.

Oftentimes, overruns hint at deeper issues in project management and from schedules and budgets being set improperly from the very beginning of the project.. To help you keep overruns at a minimum, below, we highlight some of the most common cost overruns in construction projects to be mindful of and provide some useful strategies and implementations you can take today to keep your project within budget.. While many of a project’s stakeholders are eager to get the project’s building started, if you have faulty schedules and budgets to begin with, your project is headed for an overrun from day one.. Therefore, it’s vital to your project’s success to do your diligence in the preconstruction phase and be accurate and realistic about project deadlines and costs from architects and contractors.. On the other hand, even if you allocate proper time and resources for accurate budget and schedule estimates in the preconstruction planning stage, if your design plans are defective, you’ll inevitably be destined for cost overruns in construction projects.. By adding an extra level of security to ensure designs are correct and expectations are clear, project’s won’t have to suffer from overruns due to corrective work in the construction phase.. Although scope changes may be necessary, they should be managed proactively and considered ahead of time to reduce the likelihood of cost overruns in construction projects.. Even with solid designs and no project changes, your project could still experience overruns if project administrators aren’t up to speed with your project’s progress.. Unfortunately, this does not always go as planned leading to severe cost overruns in construction projects.. Don’t just accept the new normal of cost overrun in your construction projects—make sure that you have the right planning solutions and software to help complete your next project within budget.

This guide explores everything you need to know about the amount of space required to keep a happy and healthy flock of chickens.

How many chickens you choose to keep Where you live Whether you are keeping roosters as well as hens How long you intend to raise your birds How much space they have to free range Your weather Whether or not you keep large breed of chicken. For example, if you are keeping chickens solely in confinement in a chicken coop, you will need more indoor space.. Even if you are providing your chickens with outdoor space, remember that the outdoor space should not contribute to the amount of indoor space you decide your chickens need.. When you’re calculating how much space you need inside of your chicken coop, don’t assume that just because you have six chickens that you can get by with an 18 square foot chicken coop.. When you’re planning out your chicken coop and. run space, remember that most people have a tendency to underestimate how much. space their chickens need.

There are a few things to know if you want to profit from your chickens. This is the best way to make money & a good living from your chickens...

The fact is that pure breed chickens are the most profitable chickens to raise.. Pure breed chickens can go for thousands of pounds or dollars if you manage to breed excellent show quality stock or breeding pairs.. Pure breed hens lay a little less than Hybrid hens which are purely bred for laying eggs.. My pure breed hens average around 5 eggs per day from 6 hens in the first couple of years.. This may be a little hard at first because top breeders mainly breed chickens for showing at pure breed chicken poultry shows.. How To Find Good Examples Of Pure Breed Chickens If you want to find the best examples of the chicken breeds you are looking to purchase.. This is a great way to get excellent pure breed stock chickens or any other kind of poultry you may want to breed and sell.. Purchasing Pure Breed Eggs From People Over The Internet or eBay You can also purchase pure breed eggs from eBay and other online sites.. Keeping Your Pure Breed Chickens Healthy For Bigger Profits Keeping your eggs super clean if you are selling fertile chicken eggs.. Remember a happy chicken is a healthy chicken and a healthy chicken will lay the best eggs.. If you are raising pure breed chickens for profit then it is up to you to get the most eggs from her as possible.. Higher Prices – Supply And Demand For Pure Breed Chicken Eggs The wintertime is an excellent time to double the profits you can make from your pure breed hens.. Selling Only Fertile Chicken Eggs 6 hens will lay around 5 eggs in the first 2 years.. Also selling their fertile chicken eggs, selling hybrid chickens, and much more after you are set up and running your very own chicken business.

Getting ready to build your first chicken coop? You're going to need some good step-by-step instructions to complete the project to your hens liking. These ten free backyard chicken coop plans offer a variety of

Many of these chicken coop plans even have photos of the project in process, which is really helpful to make sure you’re on track every step of the way.. These plans to build a chicken coop show you how to build an 8×8 chicken coop with an attached chicken run.. The construction process on this simple design is easy to build, and the fact that it includes a chicken run is even better!. If you’re looking for a fully functional chicken coop with the bonus of an attached run and outside access to nesting boxes, you really can’t beat this one!. We love the adorable design of this coop, and it’s so small you could easily move it if you need to.. That’s not something you could say of most chicken coops!. This will definitely help for when you need to clean out the coop, because it opens wide for easy cleaning of the nesting boxes and interior.. These large chicken coop plans are perfect for those of you looking to get a lot of chickens.. The maker of this beautiful coop shares lots of photos of the process so you can get a good idea of how to build your own.

Housing is very important factor for poultry farming and how to build a poultry house is a common question for the new and existing farmers.

Housing is very important factor for poultry farming and how to build a poultry house is a common question for the producers.. Whether you start a commercial or small scale poultry production, good shelter or housing facility is a must for keeping your birds safe and happy.. Here we are trying to describe more information about building a good house for your poultry birds.. Making a suitable house for the poultry birds is very easy and simple, especially if you are going to build the house for a few birds.. You can either make a simple house or a modern house with high-end facilities.. Some types of poultry houses are brooder or chick house, grower house, brooder cum grower house, layer house, broiler house, breeder house environmentally controlled house etc.. For successful poultry farming the chicken coop should contain some necessary facilities like it will be well ventilated, sufficient flow of air and sunlight will be available inside the poultry house.. Before making houses for poultry birds, keep in mind that every broiler chicken needs around 2 square feet space inside the house.. Suppose you have decided to make a poultry house for 1000 laying chickens, then the area of the poultry house will be between 400 and 500 square feet.. Here we are describing about some essential information about building a good housing system for your poultry birds.. If you make several houses, then the proper distance of one house to another house is about 40 feet.. Clean the house properly before keeping the birds inside the poultry house.. Keep feed and feeding equipment in proper distance inside the poultry house according to the number and demand of poultry birds.. Build the poultry house in such a place where all the poultry birds are free from all types of wild animals and other predators.. However, to be successful in poultry farming business, you must have to be aware in making the poultry house.

Rising construction and fuel costs are impacting cash flows for new broiler housing.

Poultry houses represent long-term investments (40 years or more), thus, it is important to assess the cash flow potentials of these houses when significant cost factors change.. Total costs for the 50-foot-wide houses for these examples exceed the costs of the 40-foot-wide houses by approximately 14 percent, but the 25 percent additional floor space provided by the wider houses results in a reduced cost of about 10 percent on a square foot basis.. The reduced interest rates over the last four to five years have helped maintain cash flow for new house construction.. First year gross incomes for the two houses are presented in Table 2.. Examples of growers’ annual cash expenses for operation of these houses are summarized in Table 3.. Many poultry companies and bankers estimate annual grower cash costs to be approximately 30 percent of their gross income, but it is not unusual for good operators to do considerably better.. Net income estimates beyond year one were increased at a rate of 2 percent annually to account for changes in contracts and grower expenses over time.. An analysis of grower returns in Georgia from 1992-2002 (Bulletin 1228) indicated an average increase in grower net incomes of 2 percent per year over that period.. If additional equipment investments are required for manure removal, these costs will have to be factored into a grower’s budget.. As demonstrated in these examples, cash flow for a broiler house with average revenue performance is generally moderate ($8,000 to $10,000 per 40-foot house and $12,000 to $15,000 per 50-foot house) during the early years of debt retirement.. Once the debt is retired, a grower’s cash flow should increase substantially ($25,000 plus per 40-foot house and $35,000 plus per 50-foot house) as demonstrated in year 16 of Tables 4 and 5.. Growers can increase or decrease their annual net cash flow per house by $3,000 to $4,000 or more with above or below average performance flocks.. Broiler houses are long-term investments that provide moderate cash flow during the early years of operation but with substantial increases in cash flow possible after debt retirement.. Broiler houses, if maintained properly can have a productive span of 30 to 40 years or more, and therefore they have the potential to provide substantial income for farm families for many years.. Cash Flow Estimates for Contract Broiler production In Georgia: A 20-Year Analysis.

The cost of a chicken can vary slightly by breed or depending on where you live, but for the most part, it's reasonably predictable.  Learn how much it costs to raise chickens at home, either

Learn how much it costs to raise chickens at home, either egg-laying chickens or meat birds, as well as other backyard poultry such as ducks, turkeys, and more.. Whether you’re raising chickens for eggs or meat, this quick cost breakdown will take you through the economics of backyard chickens.. If you want to save money, get eggs and meat from your homestead, or keep poultry for the small farm experience, start by researching the costs involved, time required, and best practices.. There are many variables to consider, including how many you can accommodate in your space, whether you’re raising them for eggs or meat, and the cost of feed and materials such as feeders and coops.. Let’s consider how much it might cost to raise farm-fresh eggs compared with purchasing them.. By combining the cost to raise 25 chicks to point of lay and the cost to feed 25 hens per year (calculated later in this chapter), we can estimate the investment for 25 chickens for the first 17.5 months, about the time of their first molt, when they take a break from production.. According to the egg industry, the average cost of a dozen eggs in the United States at the time of this writing was $2.73, which means a potential savings of $1.39, or a loss of $0.82, per dozen eggs.. Compare the expected cost of materials with your local prices or the current cost of products online, and figure out what your budget allows.. Use the following table to estimate feed costs and get a sense of how much it costs to feed one adult laying hen per day.. If you plan to feed a flock of 25 laying hens, expect to spend $1.50 to $4.75 each day, or $547.50 to $1,733.75 per year, assuming a price of $12.50 per 50 pounds of layer feed.. The following table breaks down the cost of raising 25 chicks, assuming average prices for chicks and basic supplies.. To calculate the cost for each hen, divide the total costs by 25 for an estimate of $25.90 to $76.07 per bird.. The following table lists the costs of feeding meat birds, using the average cost for each expenditure shared in the lists Cost of 50 Pounds of Poultry Feed (previous table) and Cost of Day-Old Poultry (previous table).. Your total costs could look very different depending on waste, cost of baby poultry, feed, and other variables.. The cost of raising chickens is substantial, and may not actually save you money over storebought eggs and meat.

In this step-by-step guide we take you through how to build a chicken coop - even if you have no DIY experience. Read on to learn how to plan, design, and build…

Joining Coop Sides Together DiagramCongratulations, you have now completed your coop frame.. It’s now time to fit the roof panels and coop frame panels.. Your coop should now look like this: Step 2: Cut and Fit Coop Frame Panels Now the coop frame has been built and your roof is fitted, let’s start to panel the frame of the coop.. Step 3: Cut Openings in the Panels Once the coop has been paneled it is time to cut all of the openings into the panels; such as the coop door, nesting box, and cleaning access:. Step 1: Cutting and Fixing the Coop Doors CUT LISTNameQTY and SizeVertical Door Batten4 x 42”x1¾”x1¾″Horizontal Door Batten4 x 17½”x1¾”x1¾″. Finished coop doors for your chicken coop!. Step 2: Building a Nesting BoxStep 3: Fixtures and Fittings Let’s begin by fitting the entrance door to the coop entrance panel.. The rule of thumb is a minimum of three square feet per hen inside the coop and 25 square feet outside of the coop.

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