I went to the local store today and looked at weights and costs of chicken. Certified organic, which we are, weighed between 3.5 and 4.5lbs and cost $3.99lb. Free range weighed between 4.5 and 5.5lbs and cost $2.99lb. A local farmer and friend sells them for $4.50lb and they are not certified organic. I processed one of our 6 week cornish today and it dressed out at 3.5lbs. We can get $5.00+lb. Here are the questions. As a processor, do you find consumers buy smaller birds but buy more birds, buy bigger birds and buy the same amount, or buy bigger birds and buy less. Are they happy with a smaller bird? With beef we find that consumers are scared of buying whole/half/quarters and will pay a lot more per pound if we make freezer packs and sell in 50lb bundles... often they end up buying a half/quarter anyway. This got me thinking. Let's say our chickens average 5lbs and we're asking $5lb, that's $25 a bird... average. Some may cost more. Personally I would not pay that much for a chicken. But then again I wouldn't pay the $15 store price either. /shrug If you're a consumer, I ask the same questions I asked the processors, do you want more smaller birds, the same amount but in larger birds, or larger birds and buy less?