Can you legally sell chickens not processed in a "government approved" facility? If you are selling on the down low, your options for advertising are more limited, but if you can advertise, be sure to include "locally grown and processed" in your ads. There is a growing movement to get closer to our food sources, to know what we eat and where is comes from. If you can tap into that, you can (and should) charge a premium. You will never get ahead competing on price, but many people factor in more than price, and good sales technique is to find those other benefits and raise them to a higher importance than the "benefit" of lowest price.
It may be harder with processed chickens than it is with chicks, since there is a rather obvious benefit to having a chick that was not bounced around the USPS facilities and (maybe) subjected to poor care in a retail store before you got it. We have an inherent understanding that live animals are better when treated with respect, the challenge it to extend that to the dead animals you sell to eat or the eggs the live animals produce, though it is equally true from a practical and ethical sense.
I like to think that people understand that if you treat your animals with respect, you are much more likely to treat your customers that way. An animal that dies under my care makes me feel terrible, as does the thought that a customer might be unhappy with chicks they buy from me. I will go to extraordinary lengths to prevent either, and I know you do too. You deserve, and perhaps even more importantly, the chickens deserve, to get a high price.
I think this pretty much sums thing up . . .
omgosh...so true!!! seriously hate to be the guy standing there when he sees that...
how old is she(colleen) *LadyB..?..sometimes it takes awhile for their pipes to work things out....i haven't had this issue, just smaller pullet-eggs...then they get bigger as they mature