SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- City council members approved a measure on Monday night to let Springfieldians raise chicken. People will have to decide, however, whether it's worth it.
All natural is all the rage but buying a chicken isn't without cost. It's one that farmer Curtis Millsap says could be worth it.
"In exchange for food, water, and housing, you get eggs, which is a pretty good deal," said Millsap.
He warns, just like any pet, chickens require care that costs. We compared the cost of raising your own chickens for eggs to that of buying organic range free eggs at a supermarket.
Looking at a two-year period, which is about the amount of time a chicken produces eggs regularly, you'll need to pay for the cost of the chickens, which could run you about $60 for six of them. Then, you'll need to feed them -- most likely organic non-genetically modified feed, which costs about $20 a bag and lasts you about a month. That breaks down to about $5.30 a week in exchange for about 28 eggs. Buying 28 organic cage-free eggs at a grocery store would cost you about $8.59 a week, a difference of $3.29.
So, egg to egg, it's cheaper to raise your own but, if you only eat a dozen eggs a week, it's probably cheaper to go to your local grocery store to buy eggs. Buying a dozen eggs a week would save you about $1.60 over raising your own chickens.