Point of Lay Pullet Cost Analysis
Unless you’re raising many 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 $22 to raise a red sexlink (ISA Brown) brown egg layer for 17 weeks until the point of lay, if I do it 100 birds at a time. In addition to the normal cost of chick, shipping, bedding, this estimate assumes 18 pounds of organic feed and 60 hours of labor over the course of 17 weeks. The smaller your batch size, the more more expensive your pullet becomes.
When you purchase a point of lay pullet with an untrimmed beak for $9 each, you’re saving $13 per hen. And you avoid the risk of mortality and predation when the chicks are the most vulnerable.