I could use some advice on starting my own busniess


A Major Squash & Pumpkin Lover
Jul 11, 2008
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central WI
I was just working out today what I need to charge for chickens butchered Saturday. Here are the costs I factored in:

1. My time feeding, cleaning and watering. For me, 1/2 hour per day for 60 days at $15/hour. I'm not factoring in time butchering. I also did a separate calculation in which I figured out what it would cost to have them processed by someone else, which we will probably do next year.
2. Feed costs.
3. Electric at $40/month for heat lamps x 1 1/2 months.
4. Freezer bags, food, plates and utensils for our helpers.
5. Chick cost.
6. Chickens not sold due to our use, used to pay our helpers, or chick loss (only 5 out of 150 this year).
7. About $20 for feeders, waterers, etc. that get used year after year but will eventually need to be replaced.

Then, I took my total costs, divided it by total birds sold (subtracting out those in #6) and figured out that I could charge $3/lb and still more than cover all the above costs.

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