Point of Lay Organic Pullet Cost Analysis
Unless you’re raising thousands of birds at a time, it’s very difficult for you raise your own pullets for less cost. When I pencil out the numbers, it costs me approximately $30 to raise a hyline brown egg layer for 17 weeks until the point of lay, if I do it 50 birds at a time. In addition to the normal cost of chick, shipping and bedding, this estimate assumes 18 pounds of organic feed, 10% mortality, and 60 hours of labor over the course of 17 weeks. The smaller your batch size, the more expensive your pullet becomes.
When you purchase a certified organic pullet for $14 each, you’re saving $16 per hen. And you avoid the risk of mortality and predation when the chicks are the most vulnerable.