Can I make money from Chicken Farming? With how many Chickens should I start and How much is the feed. We take a look at the 3 Most Asked Questions in Poultry Farming
What is your Profit margin when farming with chickens.
Each farmer has a different method of farming and that mean that the operating cost will never be the same and no two farmers will have the same profit margin.
Factors that will influence your profit margin:
- At what weight does the farmer sell the chickens
- Is the farmer renting the property to farm with chickens
- Staff and Wages
- Using a bore-well or municipality water
- Making his own chicken feed or buying chicken feed
- Death and Deceases
- Transport Cost buying the day-old chicks and selling the end produce
Farming with Broilers , Your profit margin should be around 52%
What is the estimate Feed Cost to start farming with 100 chickens.
When farming with broilers (unlike layers) you have to plan your budget around a six week cycle. If you want to start farming with 100 chickens it would be advisable to start a 6 week cycle with 20 chickens per week rather than a 100 at a time. Should you decide to grow 100 chickens at once, you need to keep in mind that after 6 weeks you will have to sell all your chickens and start over again. You will not have an income for another six weeks.
Plan ahead per six week cycle as you will only start making money after six weeks. Thereafter you can decide to increase the numbers of day old chicks as you already know by this time what your weekly sales are.
That being said let’s take a look at the estimate cost to start farming with 100 chickens, provided that your coop setup and water drinking system is in place.
You are going to need:
1 Bag of Starter Feed – R420.00 ($22.05)
4 Bags of Grower Feed – R390.00 ($20.48)
1 Bag of Finnisher Feed – R370.00 ($19.43)
Total R2350.00 ($123.50)
The Chickens will be at an average weight of 2.7 kg after six weeks. If you want to sell smaller chickens you can stop feeding if their weight reaches 1.8 kg so after slaughter the net weight will be roughly 1.1 kg/1.2 kg
You can read about how to sell your chickens here
How Big should a coop be for 100 Chickens
Broiler Chickens do not require a lot of space and only require 17 cm squared to live on. That is 15 birds per square meter. This might sound cruel, but in reality they do walk around in the coop and when getting closer to slaughter they do not move much.
To calculate how big your coop should be per 100 broiler chickens you divide 100 by 15 so theoretically speaking you need a total area of 2.5 x 2.5 per 100 broiler chickens. (Our coops are 3 x 2.5 meters per 100 birds) You need to calculate the feeding and watering system in the area en ensure that the chickens have enough room to move.
3 Most Asked Questions in Poultry Farming