Took 73 of the 90 Freedom Rangers in to be processed today-they were 10 weeks, 3 days. My scale wimped out two weeks ago- doesn't go over 7 lbs, so I dont know what the live weights were, but the dressed weight averaged 5 lbs. Had about 10 that were under 4 lbs, and had a few monsters that dressed over 6 lbs. Kept 8 runts back to do ourselves in a few weeks-they were all under 4 pounds alive. Also kept 9 back to experiment with breeding them- those were of average size- didnt want to use any of the real porkos lest they die on me! To get to today, we went through approximately 1200 lbs of organic feed- (that was for 90 rangers and 12 turkey poults, but the poults dont eat very much at all) so I am going to estimate 13 lbs of feed per bird. Initial cost of rangers from JM Hatchery was 1.10 each-shipping free. Feed cost figured to about $6 per bird-processing was $3.37 per bird-so we are right about $10-$11 per bird. I have been selling them for $4/ lb- (35 sold so far) so it would SEEM to be a really healthy profit-almost 40%! Except, I have not calculated what we spent on electricity, feeders, waterers, bedding, fencing, pen/ coop building & mileage (its a 90 mile round trip drive to get feed, and 180 round trip to get them processed) Because we have other chickens, turkeys, geese and ducks who all share in this venture, an accurate estiamte on those things doesn't seem possible. I know I am in the hole this year, that is sufficient for me! But, this gives us a general idea of what costs we will be looking at to do this next year, and since next year we wont have so many start up costs, we should be able to find a way to make it worthwhile. Overall, we were very pleased with them. They grew well, were nice to look at, foraged very well, and were pretty healthy. All losses we had were due to accidents or delays in shipping except for one 7 week old that was found mysteriously dead- so I do think they are hardy birds (they don't stand up well to having children drop things on them or having waterers set on top of them however) Tomorrow, we will see if they pass the taste test!