I think a pound, or two is lost. Just a rough estimation.How much would an ordinary 7 lb chicken weigh after it is cleaned and gutted? What is the % weight lost?
I'm wandering the total cost to raise vs just buying one at the grocery store. Looks like the stores are around $1/lb.
Agreed. You will definitely find that grocery store chickens is alot less expensive than any chicken that you can grow yourself. Sometimes whole chickens sell in the grocery store for less than the price of a chick. Same with turkeys. We pay the extra communally in tax based subsidies that are paid out to not only chicken growers, but feed growers as well. Feed alone costs the consumer at least 10x what the big guys pay for the same stuff. Pennies on the dollar. The difference is all in the quality of the meat and the implications that come along with it (aka long term effects of poor land management, heavily subsidized food programs, and preservation/tederizing agents)I personally have no expectation of saving money on the meat birds I'll raise this year. I can go to Piggly-Wiggly and buy a 40lb box of "miscut" parts for $20 or get leg quarters for under a dollar a pound on sale.
What I want is nice roasters that haven't been injected with "broth" or "flavoring and tenderizing solution" -- both because my DH is sensitive to that stuff and ends up in the bathroom all day after eating it and because salty, mushy chicken is gross.