They are young and new to the country, so they don't have any experience around livestock. They need to get some, though, because the boy two farms down from us and the lady across the street from him both have chickens as well as us. Here's what I sent him today:
I've been checking around and thought I'd give you a set of figures to let you choose what you think is fair.
Expenses so far:
4 Broad breasted white day-old poults @ $4.50 ea. = $18.00
3 Bourbon red day-old poults @ $6.00 ea. = $18.00
3 Golden comet day old chicks @ $2.69 ea. = $8.07
1 Barred rock day-old chick @ $41.60 ea. = $1.60
3 Buckeye day-old chicks @ $3.00 ea. = $9.00
1 bag SunFresh chick starter @ $16.49 = $16.49
2 bags Kent 27 feed @ $18.30 + $1.24 tax = $39.08
Total expenses less shipping: $110.24
You can confirm prices:
Turkeys and Barred rock chick from Eagle Nest Poultry Oceola, Ohio | Phone: 419-562-1993
4 Broad breasted white day-old poults @ $4.50 ea. = $18.00 (not commercially available at 1 month)
3 Bourbon red day-old poults @ $6.00 ea. = $18.00 (not commercially available at 1 month)
3 Golden comet started pullets @ $7.50 = $22.50
1 Barred rock started pullet @
3 Buckeye started chicks @
Total Range: $96.00 - $141.50
Broad-breasted white @ $3.50/lb x 20 lb. (this is low for us - we've never processed a turkey under 30 lb.) x 4 turkeys = $280.00
Bourbon red @ $5.00/lb. x 10 lb. (also low weight as we would process in the fall at closer to 18-20 lb.) X 3 turkeys = $150.00
For the Fair, here are the champion prices at auction: http://www.farmanddairy.com/news/morrow-county-fair-livestock-auction/10224.html
The most we've ever gotten at auction was $300 and the least was $125. However, only three of the Broad breasted white turkeys were going in the fair. The Golden comet pullets were going to compete in laying hen class and the Buckeyes in the Heritage broiler class and we didn't expect them to sell at auction for very much. This is our first year for chickens, so we don't know what the fair price would be for them. Typically, a pair of broiler chickens sells for anywhere between $75-200.
I would like to restate that the kids are very upset that the birds they've raised from day old birds that they were counting on taking to the fair cannot be replaced as fair birds this year. All hopes of winning in competition are now gone which is a serious blow to all three of them, and for my oldest daughter, this was her last year for 4H. I will leave it up to you to decide on what you think would be a fair amount to compensate them for their loss. As a parent, I trust that you would treat my kids the same way you would expect your daughter to be treated if she were in the same situation.
And if I upset your wife with the box of dead fowl, I apologize for that. While you might find the results unpleasant, they serve to protect you as proof of damage and that we are not making any extravagant claims. This is typical in livestock damage incidents. The birds are made available for your inspection so you can verify that they were indeed killed, rather than dying of natural causes or disease.
When I stopped in and paid him a visit, I gave him a copy of the Ohio Revised Code on dogs preying on livestock. Hopefully he's grateful that I didn't exercise my legal rights. For a first offense, I'll let him pick how hard a lesson he wants to learn. After that, he's had more than fair warning.