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  1. Quinstar

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    I wish I lived closer to you. It's probably better this way though, I really should wait till spring and try to get all of my new chicks at the same time.

    Unfortunately I believe it is legit. I read this on NPR as well. http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/20...ugget-made-in-china-itll-soon-be-hard-to-know


    And this is why we buy all of our meat local. I have been toying with the idea of eating vegetarian when we go out unless I know that the restaurant sources local and where it comes from (many local restaurants around here do) and this just may be the kick I need to do it. And in other fun news it sounds like the FDA may be replacing the current poultry inspectors with company people.
    Quote:NPR
     
  2. Quinstar

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    Keep us updated on how it goes. I keep going back and forth about trying this out next year. I'm supposed to learn how to process a deer this fall so maybe I'll see if I can stomach that before deciding on the broilers.
     
  3. hogster160

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    Estimated Growth Rate and Feed Consumption of White Broilers Meyers Hatchery Website.

    Age
    Weeks



    Average
    Weight, lb.



    Feed/
    Week, lb.



    Consumption
    to Date, lb.



    Feed/
    Gain

    1​
    0.34​
    0.30​
    0.30​
    0.88
    2​
    0.85​
    0.62​
    0.92​
    1.08
    3​
    1.54​
    1.02​
    1.94​
    1.26
    4​
    2.38​
    1.44​
    3.38​
    1.42
    5​
    3.34​
    1.90​
    5.28​
    1.58
    6​
    4.37​
    2.32​
    7.60​
    1.74
    7​
    5.40​
    2.73​
    10.33​
    1.91
    8​
    6.42​
    3.10​
    13.43​
    2.09​


    According to this chart on meyer hatchery website. Each bird will consume 13.43 lbs of feed by week 8. A 50lb bag of feed costs me $13.85 I have 16 birds. So 13.43 x 16 = 214.88 lbs by the 8th week. So that is 4.25 50 lb bags. 13.85 x 4.25 = 58.87 and 58.87 / 16= 3.67 of feed per bird. Now I was told processing here can run $2 - $2.50 per bird. Add it all up and I'm looking at $6 and change for each bird. My food is not organic. But they will have plenty of foraging. Which will also cut down on feed cost.
     
  4. julie0477

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    Quinstar - I think I've already talked myself out of it. Not much available right now I'd be better off waiting too.

    How early do they start their spring orders?
     
  5. Quinstar

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    Good question! I have no clue. I was REALLY hoping to find all of my birds local next year and I'm planning on getting a couple CCL and I don't think any hatchery has those anyway. I only want to add 4-5 max to my flock.
     
  7. SallyinIndiana

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    I guess that depends on how well they graze while free ranging and the price they paid per chick. Here is a estimated price breakdown.
    Price per chick including shipping ~ $1.50 - $2.50 depending on how many they get at once
    Add in a factor for chickens that have heart failure and the price per chick goes up by $0.50-$1.0
    Food, the Meyer website says a broiler will consume 14 pounds, that is the low end imo but I'll use it. Now a bag of meat chicken feed is higher in protein and costs more about 38 cents per pound plus time and gas to buy it. so That is about $5.50 per chicken on the low side with the price of gas now a days.
    Then there are supplies I'm only going to count the consumable type supplies so no waterers, coops, feeders, or run costs. Not even going to add in the butchering supplies since it sounds like you are buying a live chicken, but you would need a cone, a knife, table, trash bags, freezer bags, lots of ice too. But supplies they have to buy each time, electrolytes (2 packages for 100 chicks $10) bedding for the brooder box and the coop. The meat birds poo a lot so at least $20-$30 for 100 chicks, water if not on a well is about $10 - $20 here for what 100 chicks would drink.
    I'm sure I'm missing something but here is the total so far: $7.9 - $9.6. That does not factor in a pay for the time or effort put into raising the chicken.

    I try to rehome any extra roosters I'm not in the mood to process. I ask a $10 rehoming fee to recoup some feed costs and help make sure they don't end up as fighter chickens. The non meat broilers typically eat more than $10 worth of food by the time they are processing size. And I'm not ordering in batches of 100 or more so my cost for a chick from the hatchery is typically $3-$4 including shipping.

    Overall I would say just over $10 for a meat chicken ready to process is a very fair price.

     
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  8. Quinstar

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    Picked up some of these for the chickens that I have in common with my neighbors so that I can tell my girls from theirs and they look so stinking cute on their little legs. I was worried that it would bother them, but they don't seem to care. Super easy to put on and way better looking than those commercial bands. I'll post some pictures later so the ladies can show off their newest fashion accessories.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/25-Chicken-...194?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item35cb30bb3a
     
  9. SallyinIndiana

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    Here is another breakdown of cost to raise a meat bird. I took this from a site not allowed to be linked here. if you want a direct link you need to pm me.

    Less detailed break down per bird:
    Heat: $.62
    Food: $7.40
    Chick: $1.30
    Shavings: $.31
    Electrolytes: $.24
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    $9.87 per bird

    The food cost above was based on the following chart from WELP a hatchery in IA:


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    notice they say a meat chicken eats 20 pounds of food.
     
  10. danand

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    Wow!!! I guess I'm going vegetarian too!!! That's scary!!!
     

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