How much do you charge for your chicken meat?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by shepherd, Sep 10, 2010.

  1. shepherd

    shepherd Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 19, 2010
    My neighbors want to buy some meat from me but I have no clue what to charge.

    Im going to clean the birds my self and everything. If any of you have a clue on what to charge, then ill be greatfull. The birds are good sized too, they are 5-6 month old roosters.

    I was thinking around the lines of $2.50 or $3.00 for one but im not sure.
    Last edited: Sep 11, 2010
  2. cluckcluck42

    cluckcluck42 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 4, 2009
    I did 3.25 but depends on your area. Check out your local for sale websites and see what ppl are charging.
  3. eKo_birdies

    eKo_birdies Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 11, 2010
    Northern Colorado
    i charge 3.50/lb for pasture raised birds fed certified organic feed
  4. jaku

    jaku Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Per pound?? If you can get $3/pound for some six month old roos, go for it. I wouldn't think they would be worth much except to the person who raised them, but more power to you if you can sell them! You've gotta consider that selling roos of that age is going to leave people with a skinnier, tougher bird than the one they'd get at the store for .99/pound. Unless your birds are organic AND your customers are willing to PAY for organic, that may be a tough sell. I get $10/bird for 8 week old pasture raised Cornish X's that average around 6.5 pounds dressed.

    EDIT: Oops- I see you said "$3.00 for one." In that case, sure, that's probably a fair price, but consider giving them away for free. Unless you have a TON to get rid of, what's $3 compared to having your neighbor owe you a favor? That's why I don't sell my eggs. I don't have enough birds to make any real money doing it, and I'd rather just give my friends free eggs, because they're going to remember that the next time I need something. Having help on just about any chore you could think of would be worth more than $3 in my book!
    Last edited: Sep 10, 2010
  5. Buster52

    Buster52 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 28, 2009
    Geronimo Oklahoma
    A heritage breed of the age you are talking about is going to weigh less and taste much better than a store bought bird, and it cost you a lot more more to raise out than would a CX.

    Around here, good heritage breed birds bring $4 to $4.50 a pound if they are young like yours, and that's in Oklahoma. Sure, there is less meat than on a CX, but that meat is better.

    I would charge at least $3 to $3.50 a pound, if you even want to pay for the trouble of raising them. Otherwise, butcher it for your own freezer. Anything else and you are losing money. Unless you are just trying to be neighborly.

    Soup birds are another story entirely.
  6. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

    Mar 16, 2009
    onchiota NY
    3.50$ a lb thats what My extras Cx's are going for and they are already sold-customers just waiting for processing:)
  7. shepherd

    shepherd Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 19, 2010
    ok thanks you guys you've helped me alot
  8. backyarder717

    backyarder717 Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 15, 2009
    Jamestown, NY
    I get $2.00/lb next summer $2.25
  9. Kassaundra

    Kassaundra Sonic screwdrivers are cool!

    Sep 1, 2010
    Selling your processed chickens to neighbors sounds like a liability lawsuit waiting to happen to me. If someone gets sick for any reason after eating the meal (store bought salad contaminated w/ ecoli, or salmenilla etc..) your bird is going to be guilty as charged no matter if it was the issue or not. If God forbid that happened then there could be other issues that generates (no food handlers liscence or any other liscences needed etc.... ) I know the likelyhood is rare, but if it happens would be devastating. Seems to me to be a big risk for a couple of dollars.
  10. malignstar

    malignstar Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 16, 2010
    Winfield, MO
    My neighbor wants to buy some off me too when I'm ready next year but I was thinking along your lines, Kassaundra, about the liability issue. I just told him to give me fruit off his trees for a few chickens and we're even.
    Last edited: Sep 27, 2010

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