Originally Posted by draye
Personally I don't think it's cheaper, it just tastes better.
Too much of something that ain't good is put into those store birds, home raised is so much better. I think tough if you had pasture to run them on it could help defray the cost of raising you own.
Can understand the butchering part for you though. It doesn't bother me. I was raised up that way so it pretty well comes as natural to me. Not killing (butchering) for pleasure or nothing like that but for food. Waste Not, Want Not.
Definitely not cheaper. It never has been cheaper even 50 years ago when my dad thought he would save money raising our own, it didn't happen.
The first time I raised FRs I calculated that I could buy pastured, organic Amish chicken at Whole Foods market cheaper than I could raise them and then there is the labor issue.
I think it is the economy of scale. It takes thousands of birds, buying feed in bulk and an assembly line style butchering process (with lots of expert help).
Buying feed by the bag is just too expensive.
I like the birds though. I got 51 about a month ago and they're going outside today. They are tough. I raise chicks in an unheated, uninsulated building and lost power 3 times. The inside temp dropped below 30 inside a couple times and I lost no birds.