How To Make Money From Backyard Chickens?

How To Make Money From Backyard Chickens?

Whether you love your backyard chickens or you’re thinking about getting them, the best hobby is one that pays itself! There are several ways you can start making money from backyard chickens. Now more than ever people want food that’s organic and has been produced ethically. With your backyard chickens you can easily fill that market. Here’s how.

Setting the groundwork

If you don’t have it already you obviously need a living space for your chickens. We already talked about some chicken coops you can get pre-made or you can make your own from a building plan from Amazon. Once you have the coop you’ll need to decide which chickens you’ll get, and that depends on what you want them for. If you want them for the eggs you’ll want some that produce large eggs constantly, like the ones on this list. Another way to make money with backyard chickens is raising and selling ornamental chickens, which are more expensive. Selling them will give you more money but less constantly.

You also want to check the licences in your state for your business before you start. In some states for example, you don’t need a licence to sell your eggs. All you need is a carton that says “ungraded” and “produced by” with your name on it, among with some handling instructions.

Selling eggs

Once your chickens start laying this is the easiest way to make a business out of your backyard chickens. Many people are willing to pay more for eggs that are organic and ethically made. Finding clients can be easy too. Look for farmers markets and agricultural programs close to you. You can advertise them for free on Craigslist or Facebook. Even a little sign at home can be a great way to let people around you know you have eggs to sell. Keep an eye for organic and gourmet markets, which are the ones where they’ll value your eggs the most. Although you can always sell common white and light brown eggs, you can make a bit more money selling more exotic eggs, like blue eggs laid by Araucanas or multi-colored eggs laid by multiple Easter Eggers. You can find egg cartons in our store.

Remember that what will set you apart from the store bought eggs is the organic and ethical aspect. Keep that in mind when designing the egg carton labels and when advertising them. If you’re showing photos to sell the eggs make an effort to take pretty pics not only of the eggs but of the chickens too. You can take pics of how they live and what they eat. You can even have photos of each chicken and their names! Show people how much you care and they’ll start caring too.


Selling chicks and chickens

Although it’s harder to take care of them, selling chicks is where you can get more money. A regular baby chick will usually be worth 3-5 times more than an egg, more if they’re from an ornamental or exotic breed! For that you’ll need an incubator which, if automatic, will do most of the work for you. If you don’t know how to sex them you can sell them unsexed as “straight-run”. Once you see that selling baby chicks is a viable option for you, you can get several incubators starting a week apart for a constant revenue.

If you have enough space you can sell pullets too. Pullets are hens that are past their chick stage but haven’t started laying eggs just yet. We talk more about them over here. Since they’re less fragile and more convenient than fertilized eggs or baby chicks, they’re also more expensive. Take your time and resources dedicated to raising chicks into account when selling pullets.

Finally remember that the more valuable your chickens are, the less work you’ll have to do. Start with cheaper hens and strive for more exclusive breeds to maximize your profits. Go find the perfect breed for you here.


7 thoughts on “How To Make Money From Backyard Chickens?

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  2. Nick. says:

    Having spent the past 20 some years in the Poultry business. Your not going to make a dime with
    a few birds. We have on average 1200 Hybrid Meat birds in brood or grow out all year round.
    Unless you are committed to the successful harvest. Which means a lot of physical work, cost,
    care and protection of your growing flock. Don’t even start. Most back yard operations fail.

    Once the project becomes work. The enthusiasm takes an intense hit. Knowledge of the
    basics regarding health and environment control are critical. Simple mistakes that to the
    novice mean nothing. But to the grower means the loss of a flock. Become devastating.

    The successful grower can turn a profit. And can find the business rewarding on many
    levels. Pride in your product is the key to success. Grow the best bird you can consistently.
    Weights about the same in the flock. Know your market. Find the number of buyers that
    will consistently show up each harvest point. And always have a back up buyer in place.
    You do not want to get stuck holding 600 full grown birds past their harvest point. If that
    happens you lose your profit for that entire 12 weeks of grow effort. Our farm is on 25
    acres of ground. We have 14 Pasture poultry pens. That are moved frequently. All drinking
    and feeding pans are cleaned and sanitized daily. Adequate weather protection is critical.
    Pens must be able to sustain rain and wind elements. Dry birds are happy birds. Wet birds
    lead to lose of the flock.

    Unless your going to commit. And unless your really willing to be tied down to the farm
    responsibilities. Don’t start. I am not trying to paint a bad picture here. Just a factual one.

    Best to you. And I hope for those that are committed to the project success. Good growing.

  3. Harriet says:

    I to have chickens for eggs. I sell mt extra eggs at the local animal sale for people to eat or hatch as they see fit. Some weekends I can get four dollars a dozen other weekends I get one dollar a dozen. It helps pay for feed. I feed old or broken eggs to my pigs. No waste. I will buy meat birds when I retire because I want to know where my food comes from. Non GMO. I don’t trust industry because they don’t really know the long term effects. And as a food inspector I have witnessed first hand how it is all about the money.

  4. Teresa says:

    I’m a little scenting as to whether you can actually “make” money from your chicken. Perhaps if you are a huge operation. By the time you pay for the coop, whatever ground in the coop, straw for their nesting boxes, the actual chicks or chickens, the feed, if you buy an incubator (automatic ones aren’t cheap), vitamins, maintenance, brooder lights, etc. and all your time… taking care of chickens isn’t cheap. It’s cheaper than other hobbies, but still not cheap. And, if you sell the eggs you need room in your fridge or you have to buy a small fridge to keep outside for people to use when you’re not home. So, I don’t see how you can actually “make” money. I do sell my eggs, and sometimes the chickens pay for their own feed (unless they are molting) but I will never be able to re-coop my other costs associated with them.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Well.. i have chickens, and i have eggs. I buy the best feed possible,
    .My chickens don’t lay enough eggs to pay for their food,

  6. Joseph Rodriguez says:

    Do not feel guilt about getting a fair price for your eggs. They represent a lot of work and investment. I use the prices at Whole Foods, Fresh Market, select Krogers and Walmarts in my area that sell PAUTURED EGGS as a guide. Those prices start around 6 dollars up to about 10 dollars plus sales tax per dozen. I sell for $5 a dozen for mixed sizes and $5.75 a dozen for extra large/jumbo size. In this state, MS, no sales tax when you buy from the farmer. I frequent several popup Farmers Markets and have a permanent stall at the state run Farmers Market at the state fair grounds on Saturdays 52 weeks of the year. My hens are free roaming in rotational pasture from sun up to sun down with a Non GMO supplemental feed to make up for any short falls from foraging. That feed is non soy, non wheat and non corn. Protien source is peanut meal and fish meal. It is Texas Naturals Elite Layer pellets with Fertrell Nutritional supplements and Redmond Trace minerals. I sell several hundred dozen each month. Our facebook page is at Wamego Valley Farm.

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