Here are the quotes on bulk retail prices from the local feed mill.
|Bulk, retail Quotes from Feed Mill|
|trace vitamins||60.35||/50 lb||use at 5 lb/ton|
|salt||6.15||/50 lb||use at 5 lb/ton|
|locally roasted soybeans||508||/ton||30% Protein and 20% Fat|
|kelp from acadia||59.75||/50 lb||10-20/ton|
By linking the percentage make up of desired ration (from Polyface Farms ration), I can get a estimate of the costs per 50 pound bag
|My desired Ration|
|Ration||Percentage||Price per mixed ton||Price per mixed 50 lb bag||Substitutions||Notes|
|Roasted Soybean||29%||147.32||3.683||Soybean meal, cottonseed meal|
|Crimped oats||11%||20.24||0.506||Whole oats||using wheat midds for now|
|Fishmeal||3.50%||not mentioned by feedmill||Protein booster, not availible from rockingham|
|Kelp||0.50%||11.95||0.29875||Probably Topdress, unless increases to replace nutrient|
|Probiotic||0.10%||Probably Topdress (fast track)|
|Nutrient booster||3%||72.42||1.8105||Maybe salt + Kelp + trace vitamin?||See PDFs|
Seeing it will cost me around $9 per 50 bag at retail prices, I can use the chart provided in my previous post to estimate the cost to feed an individual broiler chicken in its lifetime.
|Age||Week 1||Week 2||Week 3||Week 4||Week 5||Week 6||Week 7||Week 8||Week 9||Total # of Bags|
|One Bird||4.2 oz.||9.2 oz.||3.7 oz.||18.8 oz.||26.1 oz.||34.5 oz.||38.5 oz.||42.6 oz.||46.5 oz.||14.63 lbs.|
|25 Birds||6.56 lbs.||14.38 lbs.||21.41 lbs.||29.28 lbs.||40.78 lbs.||53.91 lbs.||60.16 lbs.||66.56 lbs.||72.66 lbs.||7.32 bags|
|50 Birds||13.13 lbs.||28.75 lbs.||42.81 lbs.||58.75 lbs.||81.56 lbs.||107.81 lbs.||120.31 lbs.||133.13 lbs.||145.31 lbs.||14.63 bags|
|100 Birds||26.25 lbs.||57.5 lbs.||85.63 lbs.||117.5 lbs.||163.13 lbs.||215.63 lbs.||240.63 lbs.||266.25 lbs.||290.63 lbs.||29.26 bags|
The above chart from The Organic Feed Store shows that I will need a maximum of 14.63 pounds of feed per chicken in its lifetime.
Next in raising my broilers is moving a pen and refilling feed/water. A total of a half hour per day spread across the 75 birds per pen. Processing a 75 bird batch will take around 4 hours assuming my scalder/plucker builds are successful.
|0.5||Labor for moving/feeding per day per 75 birds|
|0.006666667||^ Per day single bird|
|60||Days birds are alive|
|0.4||Labor per bird over its lifetime|
|4||Processing labor for 75 birds|
|0.053333333||Processing labor for 1 bird|
|0.453333333||Total Labor per bird|
From brooding to processing, the birds will need to be feed a maximum of 60 days in their lifetime so each bird will take .45 hours of labor to raise.
Adding up the feed and sourcing costs, I can figure my bottom line.
|2.23||Cost of chick at 50 Per order|
|0.5348||Cost of shipping per chick|
|5.35365165||Total cost of Chick in lifetime|
|90%||10% Loss Factor Constant|
|3.5||Average Dressed Weight|
|3.5||Price charged per pound|
NOTE: I EDITED THIS CALCULATION TO CHANGE MORTALITY RATE TO 10% AFTER MORE RESEARCH
Manually inputting various pricing per pound, I found that $3.50 will provide an hourly wage of almost $15. Keep in mind that all estimated cost are done conservatively and the birds should source 20-30% of their feed directly from the pasture. Any increase in efficiency, decrease in feed costs, minimizing of losses etc. will give me a raise. As a centerpiece of my farm operation, seasonal pastured broiler production will support my desired lifestyle while I explore additional avenues for income.