1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    If you're already a member of our community, click here to login & click here to learn what's new!

How much do you get for a roaster?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by doodledo, Jul 2, 2007.

  1. doodledo

    doodledo Chillin' With My Peeps

    122
    0
    129
    Jun 4, 2007
    My neighbors keep asking me when I am getting my chickens butchered. They want to buy some. Not sure what to charge.
     
  2. BirdBrain

    BirdBrain Prefers Frozen Tail Feathers

    May 7, 2007
    Alaska
    You might check your local grocery to see what they charge for fresh birds in the butchers case--you know, where the fancy meat is. That might give you some idea of what the local market can bear. You might also try butchering a few and offering them at "1/2 price" or some "introductory price". Let us know how you decide. [​IMG]
     
  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    At the stores here "organic free range chicken" is $5-7 a lb. Some overpriced chicken I would say! I sell my birds with head and skin off for $2 a lb. $3 a lb would be fair to make a profit, I break even. This is a cornish cross right? Else they are soup birds and not good to eat.
     
  4. greyfields

    greyfields Overrun With Chickens

    4,889
    15
    261
    Mar 15, 2007
    Washington State
    $3 a pound is what I sell roasters for. I just have a sense that people won't pay (much) over $20 for a bird they envision being one meal. I charge $3.50 per pound for smaller fryer sizes, 4 lbs and under.
     
  5. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    12,685
    49
    331
    Jan 11, 2007
    PA
    Our local organic market sells them for $3.50 per lb. We sell ours for $2.50 per lb. or about $15 for a 6 lb bird. I am referring to the cornish cross type. Old roosters and such are not as worthy IMO, as they don't hold the same flavor or texture as a fast maturing roaster.

    Jody
     
  6. doodledo

    doodledo Chillin' With My Peeps

    122
    0
    129
    Jun 4, 2007
    Thanks. I was thinking somewhere around $10 per bird. I think I will try the heres a bird and try it first. But I have to say I will be the 1st to try it.
    Our friend had a few birds some time back and Ic an remember I would chew the meat and chew and chew. It was like rubber. I hope and pray mine isnt like that.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by