I know a number of my followers are considering getting chickens for their yards. I thought it would be interesting to detail the cost is of raising chickens.
Let me start by stating that it was never my intention to make money by having backyard chickens. These are pets and have names, just like you'd have a pet cat or dog. And you can't put a price on the entertainment value they provide.
House $775 - I ordered a fully assembled hen house. I'm not handy, I don't own power tools and I have arthritis in my right hand. Thus, building one was out of the question. I spent $440 (no sales tax) on their house, $50 for the red roof and $285 to have it shipped, fully assembled, from upstate New York. (http://www.adirondackstoragebarns.com/chicken-coops)
Run $1400 - I hired Coastal Construction & Lumber to come push our fence out 12' from its existing line and create the girl's run. Again, due to lack of power tools and my arthritis, there was no way I was doing this. These guys even ran a row of 4" by 4" down the middle of the run and secured heavy gauge wire fencing of the top of the entire run to protect the girls from hawks.