How much to charge??

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by BarefootMom, May 10, 2011.

  1. BarefootMom

    BarefootMom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 20, 2010
    Half Way, Missouri
    If someone wanted to buy a dressed out meat bird- what would you charge? My BIL just saw our meaties on Sunday and is IMPRESSED with their size (he thought they were baby turkeys or something! lol) he wants a couple or three for his freezer but wants us to dress them. Asked me to quote him a price....I don't know what to tell him! I wish I had kept track how many lbs of feed we have went through...I could better give him a price then.

    We don't offer feed all the time- only morning and night. But we have already went through several bags of meatbird feed and we are only at week 6...1-2 more weeks to go. Plus there is the processing, I feel like I should charge some for that...

    I haven't bought a whole chicken at the grocery store in over a I don't even know what a base price would be. help? [​IMG]
  2. joanc

    joanc Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 26, 2007
    Shafer, MN
    We charge $10 per bird up to 5 lbs, and $2/lb for more than 5 lbs. We should think about raising our prices this year as feed has gotten more expensive [​IMG]

    We do the processing ourselves and sell them whole (vacuum packed and frozen).

    We will be processing our first batch of 54 this Saturday and they will be 7-1/2 weeks. The majority will dress out at 3.5-5 lbs, but there are always a few that can be upwards of 6-6.5 lbs.

    We like them at that size because they're easier to handle and we need to make room in the grow-out coop for the next batch. We do 3 batches a year during the warmer spring to fall months.
  3. PotterWatch

    PotterWatch My Patronus is a Chicken

    Apr 22, 2008
    Prices tend to be higher in the area we live. Our whole birds (organically fed), go for $4.60/lb. There are very few places for people to buy organically raised and pastured chicken around here. Our prices are actually a little bit less than the couple of other farms within 100 miles.
  4. Sundown_Farmer

    Sundown_Farmer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 2, 2010
    Non-Chicago, Illinois
    We're North of St. Louis in Illinois. We sell out at $2.50/lb for whole birds.
  5. DenverBird

    DenverBird Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 8, 2010
    West Denver Burbs
    Probably depends on a variety of factors but some to consider:

    What will the market bear?
    Is it organic?
    Is it free range?
    How much of your time did you put into the birds?
    Do you want to make a profit? If so, will you do so at a cost of ## per bird or pound?
    [EDIT] what is the going rate at the market for the type of bird you're selling ("free rang organic" vs conventional)
    What is the bird worth to you?

    One thing I've noticed is that a lot of folks don't value their own labor in procuring, raising and processing birds. Consider the time you've spent on each bird and then imagine if you paid yourself $10/hour for the time.

    Last edited: May 10, 2011
  6. rancher hicks

    rancher hicks Chicken Obsessed

    Feb 28, 2009
    Syracuse, NY
    He's family and so I would charge him cost plus labor. Slightly higher than the store.
  7. heather112588

    heather112588 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 12, 2010
    Baltimore, MD
    When i went to a local butcher to get my roos butchered, she charged $4/per bird for processing but was also more than happy to teach me how (great customer service). As for her free ranged birds, she would charge $3 per pound (but no processing fee).
  8. phasianidae

    phasianidae Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 9, 2010
    I charge $2.00 a pound -dressed.
  9. fair weather chicken

    fair weather chicken Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 9, 2011
    we are a meat csa, raising pastured poultry (salatin method), turkeys,and pork. we charge 115.00 for 18 birds in 3 batches. singles are 7.50 each. we sell live birds but because they are our customers we butcher them and they are cooled and bagged. we leave necks on. our prices reflect feed increases from last year. we are located in southwest lower michigan. 10 miles east of lake michigan. hope this helps.
  10. BarefootMom

    BarefootMom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 20, 2010
    Half Way, Missouri
    Thanks guys! I will still have to ponder the price a bit and discuss it with my husband. I actually haven't seen anyone near here selling farm raised chickens, so nothing to compare locally. They aren't organic or free range (since we didn't get the tractor built this year grr) but they are taken well care of.

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