We are contemplating raising chickens but before we get into the nitty-gritty, I had some preliminary questions... We'd be raising them for eggs & I don't plan to sell the eggs. My town limit us to 6 chickens so I doubt we'd have a ton of eggs leftover anyway... I think I'd want just 3 to start.
1. How much does it cost? Not so much the start-up costs, but how much would you estimate for feed, light for the winter, etc.? Do they need any kind of vet care? Any other expenses? I can get a carton of organic free-range eggs for about $3 at the store -- this isn't all about saving money on eggs, of course, but I don't want it to be way more expensive!
2. If you let them roam freely, will they run away??? LOL sorry for the dumb question. We have about a 1/4 acre of land and it's not fenced (though we do want to fence it for DS's sake anyway, when we can afford it) and obviously they'd have a fenced area/coop but I'd like them to be able to roam free sometimes.
3. What happens if you need to go away for a bit? We do like to go on vacation 1-2x a year for up to a week (usually only a couple of days though). Our cat is fine if we leave her a ton of water & a big bowl of food, can you do something like that with chickens or does someone need to come feed them etc. every single day?
That's all for now but I may have more questions!