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How much should I charge for processed Muscovy ducks?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by remadl700, Nov 5, 2010.

  1. remadl700

    remadl700 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I posted this in the FR question on processing amount but I did not get a response.

    Looking for some suggestions on this.

    I have 3 people who want some ducks processed and the retail store price per bird is $35.[​IMG]

    I wasn't going to charge near that but I don't want to short change myself either.
     
  2. duckfat

    duckfat Out Of The Brooder

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    Who is doing the processing and for how much? How much is your feed cost? Are they organic, pasture raised, free range, caged in a coop and run, etc.?
     
    Last edited: Nov 6, 2010
  3. remadl700

    remadl700 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am doing the proccessing - made a Whizbang plucker

    Feed has been $30 but that has gone to 25 ducks, 30+ chickens.

    Organic, free ranged ducks. We make the feed ourselves from wheat, corn, flax seed and mineral mixture.
     
  4. Dogfish

    Dogfish Rube Goldberg incarnate

    Mar 17, 2010
    Western Washington
    What is your cost per duck from purchase/hatch to slaughter? Cost of duckling + feed + whatever else it takes to get you there. Give you a hint, the price should be more than your costs.
     
  5. barrybro

    barrybro Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am guessing that he is looking for what other people are successfully charging other people for ducks. Has anyone successfully raised and sold ducks. If so what are you selling them for?

    Barry
     
  6. greathorse

    greathorse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am in the Organic Wholesale meat business, we buy Drakes for about 3.80 lb Females for about 4.35. A retailer will sell the same for about 6.99 lb
     
  7. Brunty_Farms

    Brunty_Farms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I get $3.00 / pound for duck but I may be a bit low..... averages out to be about $15.00 / duck.
     
  8. Dogfish

    Dogfish Rube Goldberg incarnate

    Mar 17, 2010
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    If you can make a profit by underselling the commercially produced birds by $5, why not.
     
  9. duckfat

    duckfat Out Of The Brooder

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    I get $2 per pound for pekins and muscovies. Estimated cost per duckling is about $1 to $1.50 as we hatch our own. A typical male muscovy will dress out at 8.5 pounds, and that includes neck, gizzard, heart and liver. A female muscovy will dress out at 5 pounds, and that includes same. Non-organic grower mash is $18 per hundred. The ducks free range on a large pond. A six pound Maple Leaf Farms pekin duck from Wal*Mart costs $15.

    Our business is mostly duck and goose eggs that we sell to natural and organic groceries. People want to support local farmers, but I doubt they would pay the price needed if we went organic.
     
  10. averytds

    averytds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks to the Cornish Game Hens thread, I now know I've never eaten any birds/poultry other than chickens. I'd pay $15 for a duck to try it. More than that and I'd either do my own or have to really love them to pay more. I'm in KS, so being in OR I would think you could easily get more like $20-$25.
     

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