How much does it cost to start a 20,000 birds broiler chicken poultry farm?

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In recent years, breeding technology has developed very fast. Many chicken farms have begun to become industrialized and large-scale. The scale of chicken farm is also expanding. However, some inexperienced farm building programs will lead to waste of resources, high production costs and low return.

Therefore, the cost of all aspects must be calculated before the start of breeding. Because different market conditions in various countries, we will explain to everyone that a chicken farm with 20,000 birds uses Chinese prices.

The cost of the broiler chicken farm with 20,000 broilers includes site cost, chicken house construction cost, equipment cost, breeding cost, etc.

1.How much land is needed for a chicken farm?

The land size is 120 meters long and 20 meters wide, including feed silo and lanes for manure removal trucks, etc. This size is a standard size, and it can also be designed according to your existing land.

2. How much does it cost to build a chicken farm house?

We recommend closed chicken houses to raise 20,000 chickens. The chicken house adopts the floor raising system with tunnel ventilation system . The house is 105 meters long, 12 meters wide and 2.5 meters high.

If use closed chicken house, most farmers choose high-quality durable light steel structure. The construction period of the steel structure chicken house is short. The requirement of foundation load is low, and cost is low. The steel structure chicken house has good airtightness and recycle. The chicken house has good heat preservation function, seismic performance and wind performance. It is also easy to clean and disinfect.

Therefore, the construction cost of a closed chicken house is about USD 525 per batch.

3.How much is the chicken equipment?

We adopt the the floor raising system with tunnel ventilation system. It can save labor and breeding costs. Chickens are more comfortable. The cost is about USD 520 per batch.

4.How much does it cost to keep chickens?

Broilers are raised for 6 weeks. The cost of the breeding includes the following aspects:

1. The purchase of baby chickens is USD 0.43 each. We need 20000 chicks. It is USD 8571 in total.

2. The amount of feed is 4.64kg/bird. If feed is USD 0.43/kg, the total charge is USD 39771.

3. The cost of the vaccine is USD 1714. The amount of drinking water is 180000kg, and the water bill is USD 105. The electricity bill is USD 960. The labor cost is USD 2857;

The cost per cycle of raising 20,000 broilers:


cost per cycle/USD

chicken house


chicken battery cage


baby chickens 












total cost


So 20,000 broilers need USD 55025. Breeding cost is also the most important.If get good return,we have to reduce breeding costs and increase breeding efficiency.

5.How much can you make poultry farming?

Egg income of 20,000 broilers:

20,000 chickens*chicken meat price

USD 1.12/KG*2.9KG/birds* full survival rate 99.5%=USD 64305

According to the above calculation, we need invest USD 55025 and get USD 64305. Each batch of chickens can earn USD 9281. 

Raise period:42 days

Survival rate: 99.5%

Slaughter weight:2.9KG

Feed conversion rate:1.4:1

Data source: Chinese market information on March 21, 2023. If you need to calculate your local data, please contact us.

Good breeding efficiency is very important, you need efficient poultry equipment, reasonable chicken house design and rich breeding experience. Of course, you can also look for a supplier who can provide turn-key solutions and make farming easier. According to your needs and local environment, our professional team will design chicken houses for you.

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