My accounting to date

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by HillCountryMomma, Jul 7, 2008.

  1. HillCountryMomma

    HillCountryMomma Songster

    Mar 16, 2008
    This topic seems to come up on a regular basis so I thought I'd post an accouting of my costs to date.

    The Rangers themselves were $1.14 each shipped. I ordered 50, but lost 7 (6 within the first 24 hours, 1 several weeks later that I culled due to some sort of neurological issue). I got no extras with my order. So, I had 43 live birds that are/have grown to butcher age.

    We butchered 8 this past weekend and when I ran numbers I came to about $5.10 per bird in feed. I say 'about' because despite my best intentions I've been feeding my layer chicks out of some of the same feed bags as the Rangers. I just have so many right now it's hard not to. It's messed up my numbers so I'm being conservative and estimating in bags of feed that in large part probably went to the layer chicks. But anyway, better to over estimate than under!

    So, total cost per bird was $6.24

    My birds dressed out at an average of 4.75 lbs, so $1.31 per pound. Not bad!!

    More than a cheap-o grocery store chicken but MUCH less than an 'all natural' chicken. The big all natural/organic farm close to me sells their natural/pasture raised chickens for $4 a pound and they sell out and have waiting lists.

    I have 30 more Rangers to butcher this coming weekend (or however many we can get done). Their cost will obviously go up as I pour more feed into them. Ah well, I still feel like I'm ahead!

    I don't feel like it's worth it to factor in feeders, tractors, etc. because I use all the supplies for my layers as well. Many things I already had so didn't need to buy. Or simply made at home from scrap around the farm. If you are willing to put in the work, there are lot of ways to cut costs by going homemade. I also did a lot of watering of the birds off our gravity fed well... free water with no chlorination!


  2. miss_jayne

    miss_jayne Lady_Jayne

    Jun 26, 2008
    Columbiaville, MI
    that is a great price. store bought chicken is stupidly expensive here in michigan for anything decent.
    i don't factor in the price of feeders/water units either. i got feeders and a water unit at a garage sale 2 yrs ago for 2 bucks each!!! not too shabby. i have an antique one that i made into a planter for outside the coop.
  3. Peruvian

    Peruvian Songster 10 Years

    Apr 15, 2008
    Don't forget that cheapo store chicken is up to 15% water/salt weight so consider that when comparing the two. Your 4.75lb bird is more like a 5.5+lb bird at the store.
  4. blue90292

    blue90292 Songster

    Jan 30, 2007
    Rosharon, TX
    wow, that came out a great price.

  5. greyfields

    greyfields Crowing

    Mar 15, 2007
    Washington State
    Yeah, mine come out closer to $13 I seem to recall. Or maybe it's $15. I don't wannt know. ><
  6. HillCountryMomma

    HillCountryMomma Songster

    Mar 16, 2008
    I think feed prices in Texas are pretty reasonable vs. the rest of the country. I started out feeding DuMor brand from Tractor Supply because it was the only 20% unmedicated chick starter I could find. Then had a 'duh' moment while talking to my neighbor that owns the feed store I go to. She has a variety of game bird feeds that were higher in all nutrients and about $5 cheaper a bag, all unmedicated. After being urged here to up protein I switched and it has saved me a considerable amount of money. Easily shaved $50+ off my feed.

    So in theory, next time around my prices will be even better since I'll start out with the game bird feed. As a nice side benifit, it's good fresh feed from a local small mill.

    Peruvian, my family and I were discussing the weights of the home grown birds vs. store bought. Not only did we consider the added water weight , but do they weigh the birds with the necks/livers/heart etc. in them? That would increase the weight too and we don't ever eat those!

    Grey... I don't know how you ended up with $15 birds! Ouch!!! Are you feeding organically? I can't find a source of organic feeds here, wish I could. Is feed real high where you are? I'm not sure I could talk myself into raising them if it were costing me that much per bird. Unless of course they were 7 or 8 lb monster chickens. [​IMG]

  7. blue90292

    blue90292 Songster

    Jan 30, 2007
    Rosharon, TX
    6014 N. Inspiration
    Mission, TX 78572 (Texas, USA)
    Tel: (956) 583-9183
    Email: [email protected]

    The Southern Traditions Co. would like to announce our Nutritious Feed Additives: (Fish Meal) Super Rooster 16oz pellets will sell for $10.50 which includes free shipping within the U.S. for a limited time only. You may visit our online catalog at

    Sincerely, Customer Service Dept.
    10801 Hwy 36 North
    Brenham, TX 77833 (Texas, USA)
    Tel: (409) 830-5444
    Email: [email protected]
    Contact: Dane Hobbs

    Makers of Avia-Boost, Immuno-Boost, and Avia-Charge, along with several other products. Kelp and fish-based supplements to poultry feed, full of biological ingredients too numerous to list! Both powder and liquid forms available.

    8629 FM 272
    Celeste, TX 75423 (Texas, USA)
    Tel: 903-496-2070
    Email: [email protected]
    Contact: Lynn Magedson

    We produce and use our own blend of all natural feed. Non-medicated, no meat or poultry by-products, antibiotics, etc. We add sea kelp meal and diatomaceous earth to all our feeds. We offer a 16% lay pellet, broiler mash (also fed to our turkeys)and an 18% sheep and goat pellet. We offer our sea kelp meal and diatomaceous earth for sale. Located north of Greenville Texas.

    don't know if any of these are near you but just in case.

  8. blue90292

    blue90292 Songster

    Jan 30, 2007
    Rosharon, TX
    found it. this was the one i was really looking for. they are out of elgin. they sell their eggs to whole foods and also produce organic feed.

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