price per lbs. and need help finding a processor in Michigan

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by grantfamilyfarms, Jan 10, 2011.

  1. grantfamilyfarms

    grantfamilyfarms New Egg

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    Hey all I am new to the Meat bird side of things. I would like to raise my birds and sell them but cannot find a way to figure out a price per pound for them.

    I also need to find a poultry processor in Michigan the one in the Lansing, MI area closed up shop. I would like a USDA or MDA approved Facility. Any suggestions?????

    you can email me anything that will help as well [email protected]

    Thank You!!!!!!!
     
  2. Dogfish

    Dogfish Rube Goldberg incarnate

    Mar 17, 2010
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    For your second question, do you have a mirror? Otherwise you are looking at giving away a large portion of your profit over to someone else.
     
  3. dianaross77

    dianaross77 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 10, 2010
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    I've been looking for a processor in MI too. It's been tricky. Destiny Farm in Brighton uses Boyer's in Canton, I think. I also found this one online http://www.smithmeatsinc.com/ There have been ads on craigslist for a processor in corunna I think. It's down for maintainence so I can't find the listing right now but will add it when the site is back up again. I don't have any chickens yet but would like to find a processor before I get any meat chickens. I can raise them and eat them but I'm not ready to dispatch them. I read on another thread that we should ask our local farm stores. I will do that next time I'm at tsc.
     
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  4. ijon1

    ijon1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thanks for finding a new processer, after Millers went out of business I was lost.
     
  5. booker81

    booker81 Redneck Tech Girl

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    If folks aren't selling them, I'd be happy to help you out with processing your own, I'm smack between Lansing and Flint, a couple miles of I-69.

    As for actual processors - I'm thinking there is two in Webberville, I'm not sure if Troy Hull does chickens (I've had pigs taken to him). Baines is closed, which sucks, they were the best. You may want to call either Webberville or Dansville schools, or any other school that has a large FFA group that raises broilers and see where they go - when I was in school it was Baines, but obviously it's changed now to someplace else.

    ETA: Found this:
    http://www.locallife.com/mid-michigan/butchers.asp
     
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  6. grantfamilyfarms

    grantfamilyfarms New Egg

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    I actually live in webberville.
    I am pretty sure troy does not do poultry. I can check into that
    though.

    I don't understand what a mirror is for...I don't understand haha

    I tried calling the guy in Corunna but he hasn't called back yet.

    I am looking to sell them so I need a USDA or MDA approved facility.

    How about when I sell them how much is the going rate per
    pound for broilers.

    Tim
     
  7. Olive Hill

    Olive Hill Overrun With Chickens

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    The mirror is for looking your processor in the face. YOU! [​IMG]

    As for the price per lb it doesn't really matter what the going rate is until you figure up your costs. Find out what it cost you to raise them -- including labor, electricity, water, feed, bedding, depreciation cost of facilities and equipment, etc -- and THEN worry about going price.

    Honestly, the fact that you're on here asking for an MDA approved facility tells me you've got a LOT of research you still need to be doing before you even THINK about raising meat birds for sale. [​IMG]
     
  8. grantfamilyfarms

    grantfamilyfarms New Egg

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    I have done my research and I know what
    it will cost me so I know what I need to charge
    to recoup my cost but I still want to be in the same ball park
    without losing money I have raised meat birds for my self.

    Tell me why do you think I need to do ALOT more research?
    Why does me looking for an MDA approved facility make me lack
    In research?
     
  9. grantfamilyfarms

    grantfamilyfarms New Egg

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    I have done my research and I know what
    it will cost me so I know what I need to charge
    to recoup my cost but I still want to be in the same ball park
    without losing money I have raised meat birds for my self.

    Tell me why do you think I need to do ALOT more research?
    Why does me looking for an MDA approved facility make me lack
    In research?
     
  10. booker81

    booker81 Redneck Tech Girl

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    If I were you, I'd go to the feed store in town (not ADM out on 52, but the actual Webberville Feed and Grain) and see if you can catch Mr. Wheeler around there. I can't remember who is running the FFA at school now, but you could ask 1) Where they take their chickens, and 2) What price they ask for them. Mr. Wheeler could also probably provide you with a lot of information as well to help, or direct you to the FFA leader as well.
     

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