Hi. New to the site although I have browsed it several times throughout the years. I will be getting started with my first chicken flock next Spring so I thought it would be good to start getting more involved and begin learning. My first priority, as always, will be my vegetable garden. But I'd also like to get 6-8 egg laying hens (several types) and also looking at doing my own Cornish Cross (5 week, brooder to oven) birds. I know for a fact that next year, I will not go out and spend money on processing equipment until I get the 'raising and growing' part right and I am looking for a local processor to do my first 50-100 birds (25 at a time most likely). I have questions about fertile egg prices versus day-old baby chick pricing - why are eggs priced higher than chicks?? Doesn't make sense to me. I also have questions about meat market pricing, as I see a local farm 'trying' to sell processed birds at $4.50/lb... not sure how much business they get, certainly won't get mine at $20 for a 4# bird.