In most cases, buying eggs will be cheaper. However, whether it is cheaper to raise chickens or buy eggs depends on various factors: the cost of purchasing and maintaining chickens, the price of commercial eggs in your area, and how many eggs you need.

Initial costs for raising chickens can include purchasing or building a coop, buying feeders and waterers, buying chicks or chickens, and providing bedding and other supplies. (For suggestions of necessary and optional supplies, see our Chicken Supply List.) The amount of money spent to get started can vary widely depending on the size and quality of the materials, as well as any additional features you choose to include.

Ongoing costs for having chickens include buying feed, bedding, supplements, and healthcare supplies. You may also have expenses for routine veterinary care and occasional replacements or upgrades to equipment. Also, there will likely be costs associated with predator control and coop maintenance.

Comparatively, the cost of buying eggs at the grocery store depends on factors. This includes the type of eggs (conventional, cage-free, organic), the brand, and current market prices.

However, raising chickens also offers non-monetary benefits. You have access to fresh, homegrown eggs, get to enjoy the personalities of your chickens, and have the satisfaction of self-sufficiency. While financially it may not always be cheaper, the decision to raise chickens or buy eggs should consider both economic factors and personal preferences.