The cost of buying live chickens depend on the age of the chicken. For example, if you want to buy a one week old chic, if will usually cost about $3.50 in Australia; however, if you want to buy a 20 week old Chicken (just about to start laying eggs), it will normally cost you anywhere from $18-22 depending on the breed.
The cost of buying chickens is also dependent on the sex of the chicken. Male chickens (roosters) are much less valuable than female chickens (hens).
How much does an egg laying hen cost in Australia? An egg laying hen costs approximately $18-22 in Australia if she is just about to start to lay. This is obviously dramatically cheaper if you are buying in large quantities as a commercial chicken farmer. If you are buying a week old or newborn female chic, you should only have to pay around $3.50.
How much does a rooster cost in Australia? Roosters are very cheap due to the fact that they are not as valuable as far as producing food. Rooster are necessary for the procreation of chickens, but do not provide eggs. Also, rooster’s are prone to make loud noises at dawn, which make it so that they are not welcome and in many residential suburbs in Australia are illegal. Rooster’s do serve a purpose, and if you are allowed to have roosters in your area it will benefit your backyard chicken coop to have at least one rooster. So, how much does a rooster cost? Depending on age, a rooster in Australia can cost as little as 50cents if newborn while a good rooster can fetch as much as $30.00. If you are trying to find a rooster please search for your local backyard paultry breeder.
If you are looking at purchasing chickens as a pet, they are the cheapest pets you’ll ever have. If you are looking at buying hens to save on your food bill and egg laying capabilities, no matter which way you look at it will be worth it, and if you want to raise chickens for their meat (heaven forbid you want to eat chicken), then it is much cheaper to buy chickens and raise your own than to purchase factory/farm chickens. If you are looking at raising chickens for eating, then you will need to get a rooster so that you can continually grow your backyard chicken coop.