Help! Pricing Non-GMO-fed Turkeys and CC

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by judyc, Feb 1, 2016.

  1. judyc

    judyc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So, it's been over 10 years since I've raised CC for sale. I've been raising them for home consumption, along with hatching and selling poults and turkeys. Now that we've moved next to a population center of about 50,000 souls, I'm considering raising for sale again.

    I did trade for hamburger last year. I valued my CC at $4.25 a pound. I processed my own.

    What are you all selling birds for in your area? I'm in NW IN.
     
  2. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    My boss does his non-GMO/non-certified organic CX for $4 a pound. I've sold non-GMO/non-certified organic turkeys in the past for $5 a pound, probably gonna hike it to $6 this year (being as there's supposed to be a big turkey shortage this Thanksgiving).
     
  3. turksinmaine

    turksinmaine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    turkey shortage? where did you hear this?
     
  4. chicklover 1998

    chicklover 1998 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    as a result of the avian flu it also affected turkeys in iowa millions of birds both chickens and turkeys
     
  5. chicklover 1998

    chicklover 1998 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    they had to clear whole warehouses of the birds because if one tested positive then it would go through and clear them all out
    ~reasons why commercial birds need more space~
     
  6. turksinmaine

    turksinmaine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    wow, I did not know that. That is awful. Huge investment loss. One thing I cannot figure out. What in heck do they feed those commercial birds? I cannot see how they make a dime off of them in November when the pricing goes down so low per bird, for if they fed them normal poultry feed or grains mix your own. they would have gone way beyond any profit from the bird.
     
  7. chicklover 1998

    chicklover 1998 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    oh yes, hyvee is one of our local grocery stores and their eggs went as high as $5 when normally they were under $3 we saw it change a lot of things fast. We live next to osky produce and since they work with eggs every truck that came in had to be sprayed down and they were shut outside until they were sprayed. The fairs were not allowing anyone to show any birds. they add marigold to make the eggs yellow and feed them a commercial feed formulated so the hens can pump out however many eggs as they can in 18 mo. and then they are swapped out before they molt so there is a constant supply.
    This is what we get for wanting easily available food. Our closest meat locker is about 15 mi. away and that is really close considering other places in the country where the main meat source for other places in the country is "box meat" commercial places butcher the animals and send the bits and pieces out in boxes to the stores. The high school FFA chapter has a garden and so the produce from that goes to the food pantry to help the poorer families in our area so they get fresh food, vs. the stuff in the store, we have a garden and the difference is unimaginable. If we went back 50 years in how our food was produced we wouldn't be able to keep up the production needed for todays pop. but they had happier healthier animals, and my grandma says the food tasted better then too.
     
  8. DancingGoatFarm

    DancingGoatFarm Out Of The Brooder

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    Did you decide on a price? I'm way south of you but interested in what you figured out.
    Thanks
     
  9. greysandy

    greysandy Out Of The Brooder

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    In California, I was paying $5.25/lb for pasture and organic fed chickens but now that place doesn't have them so now I'm paying about $6.80/lb. I just ordered 20 meat chickens to raise this summer myself. I have done it before and should be able to keep my cost around $5/lb.

    Sandy
     
  10. ShannonR

    ShannonR Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I sold a few this year at $5 per lb, that is aleady butcher and shrink bagged of course. Pasture raised, but not fed organic fed. In CA. What with hand plucking, it isn't exactly worth it in terms of my labor but it sure pays for the chicks and their feed.
     
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