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Old 03-03-2012, 10:32 AM
 
Location: Moku Nui, Hawaii
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Hmm, well, if your chicken farm is selling chickens, it is most likely to the processors and not the local grocery since most chicken farms aren't set up to process and neither are the groceries. Although perhaps you'd have a small enough slaughterhouse locally that they would do chickens or you could set the chicken farm up to process. Dunno how economical it is to follow USDA guidelines for a small processor. So maybe at least the slaughterhouse would like you. If you do process and sell cheaper to the grocery, that doesn't mean they are gonna pass the lower price on to their customers but the grocery might like you. You might do better selling directly to the customers. Don't see how the town is gonna benefit by you bypassing employing their people.

You'd probably get more beneficial interaction with your neighbors at the church or other social grouping than any business dealings unless you can somehow interact and benefit your neighbor/customers directly.
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Old 03-03-2012, 11:20 AM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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I have seen one guy here locally who raises chickens and sells them frozen. He is in five different Farmers Markets. I do not know how he does it though.

I have known at least two dozen others who have been trying. But the cost of the USDA inspection and butcher alone puts the price of the finished product too high to market.

I sell eggs. They are a loss-leader.

I see a few who say that they are breaking even on their eggs. But I kind of doubt it.

When the grocery store has a dozen eggs for 99cents; and it costs you $4/dzn to break even; I do not see how any of the local folks can do it without using it as a loss-leader.

Like with so many farm product issues, someone is getting a Federal Farm subsidy that totally screws with the market price.
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