Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Chick-Chick-chicken Time!

It is the time of year that we should be ordering our broiler chickens.  I have to be honest here-my heart does not seem to be into raising these chickens.  Oh we're going to do it, but I, kinda, don't want to.  I think I'm getting lazy in my old age.

Joking aside, what really has me bumfuzled is the cost of feed.  We sell many of the birds, keeping enough for ourselves, but it is getting harder to turn a profit.  We buy a ton of feed at a time, supplemented with grass in chicken tractors.  Last year, when I went to buy feed it cost $400 for a ton.  It's still cheaper using our custom mix than buying Purina junk, so it worked out, but I haven't checked on the price of things yet-so I'm dreading it.

In the end, I need to quit lollygagging and get the order in for the birds.  No matter what, they are still the best tasting, best for you chickens around.


Carolyn said...

If ya don't mind me asking, where do you get your bulk feed? And do you still get it 50# sacks or do you have it delivered to your place & have it put in a feed bin? We've been buying the 50# sacks from our local place, and like you, I'm afraid to see what it costs. Also, do you know the protein content of the stuff you get?
We're not due to raise more meat birds until fall, but was curious. It gets more & more expensive every year. I can understand why most people just go to the walmart and get their 1.99 lb. chicken breasts (although I don't think I cold go back to store-bought chicken).

Scott or Pam said...

Carolyn we get our feed from Hartville feed. It's an hour drive for us but the people are exceptional. We get it in sacks between 50 and 60 pounds each. I am not sure of the protein percentage anymore, I'll have to look it up-we've been using the same recipe for years.

I agree, store bought chicken is not an option for us either.