Chickens and goats used to be a staple of family life, right alongside the kitchen garden. It was common knowledge (not to mention common sense) that raising one’s own milk and eggs was cheaper than buying them from the store.
Nowadays, people think of fresh eggs and cheese as a luxury that only those with lots of extra money can afford.
The truth is that raising backyard chickens and goats can go a long way toward helping families save money on food.
A small flock of hens can save a family of four between:
$92 and $170 per year.
When we turn our attention to goats, the news gets even better. Backyard dairy goats can provide healthy milk and cheese for a family, with a savings of:
$200 to $1000 per year.
So, the total financial benefit for a family can be as high as:
$1170 per year!
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The amounts that are used for the fixed costs are a reasonable average of the possibilities. For example, the amount designated for the coop cost will buy a simple, functional coop. It’s not as high as one might spend to buy or build a fancy coop, and it’s not as low (i.e. zero dollars) as some spend when they build their coop entirely from found materials.
Financial analysis was done using both store-bought antibiotic/hormone free and locally-produced, pastured products. These provide the closest comparison to the eggs and dairy produced in backyards. Factory-produced eggs and dairy are not comparable.