Courtesy of Money Side of Life, here’s a cost/benefit analysis on raising urban chickens.

According to the website, it costs $130 a year to raise four chickens. But if you want to buy the 18 eggs a week they would lay (on average, not counting changes due to weather and breed) at the grocery store, then you’ll only spend $92 a year.

Now, if you normally buy costlier organic eggs, you can probably break even, according to the infographic.

But can you really put a price tag on this?


Of course, this infographic was made in 2012, before egg prices skyrocketed due to an outbreak of avian flu. And plenty of people have crunched the numbers with different results. So there’s no reason you can’t make it work

Do you raise your own hens for eggs? How does it work out for you?

Here’s the link to a larger version of the infographic.

Urban Chickens Infographic

Dan MacLeod

Dan MacLeod is the managing editor of the Bangor Daily News. He's an Orland native who moved to Portland in 2002 and now lives in Unity. He's been a journalist since 2008, and previously worked for the...