The big question for many potential urban farmers is, how much is this poultry adventure going to set me back?
Your friendly neighborhood chicken expert, Ron Welker has that answer. Welker manages the Aslin-Finch in the Spokane Valley. He says that in the long run chicks will cost less than a dog.“You’re going to spend the same on housing the chicks as you would a dog. Your overall expense for the chicks is going to be less,” said Welker. “If you want to get a good coop that’s going to hold 2, 3 or 4 birds, you’re going to spend on a good one, probably right around $400-$500. That’s going to be your number one expense.”
There are several resources out there if you would like to build your own coop. The creative urban farmer might convert an old camper top into a hen house or build a pint-sized Victorian mansion for their girls. Once you have a coop, the residual costs are reasonable compared to other pets.
One of the biggest expenses Mojo, the dog, racks up is at the vet’s office getting vaccinated.