Barbell Farms

Pastured Poultry Co-op

TL;DR

Overview

Our goal for 2021 is 500 chickens divided into 20 shares (25 chickens), each share would be priced at $24/chicken ($6/lb at an avg of 4lb/bird). That would basically cover the cost of the operation at 500 birds.

The pricing is $600/share half up from and then the rest (based on total weight) at each delivery (see schedule). So you could end up paying less but never more than $24/bird; better feed conversion means more food at a lower cost for everyone.

The whole operation will be local, chickens are hatched in Salinas, feed is grown and milled around Modesto, they will be raised in Courtland and slaughtered in Franklin.

Principles

The items listed below are all equal, and in no particular order.

Meet the birds

We grow Cornish Cross chickens raised on pasture and fed only non-GMO, no corn, no soy feed. We have chosen this breed for its efficient feed conversion and growth rate. They are also very easy to maintain, even though they are more sensitive to the heat, that can be managed. They are great birds and yield tender flavorful meat.

The Numbers

Keep in mind that these numbers are preliminary estimates (with the exception of the land and fees). I will continue to work with local vendors to negotiate prices that are beneficial to all parties involved. The biggest expense that can have the biggest impact on cost per bird is the feed; I will be negotiating bulk purchases to get that cost down.

Fees

ItemDeposit1st
Delivery
2nd
Delivery
3rd
Delivery
4th
Delivery
1 Share$300$60$60$60$60

Overhead

While we are not trying to make a profit we do need to make sure that we are covering the basic costs of running the operation. Since a lot of the equipment that we will need will last years and ultimately be owned by Barbell Farms I have amortized the cost of that equipment over a 10year period to fairly distribute the burden.

ItemTime
period
TotalAnnualBatchEach
Land1yr$4800.00$4800.00$960.00$9.60
Chicken Tractors10yr$800.00$80.00$16.00$0.16
Field Equipment10yr$200.00$20.00$4.00$0.04
Transport Crates10yr$400.00$40.00$8.00$0.08
Refrigeration10yr$500.00$50.00$10.00$0.10
Totals$6700.00$4990.00$998.00$9.98

Cost of goods sold

This is the direct cost of raising the birds and consumables including the cost of the birds, feed, brooding materials, and energy. Typically this is where labor would be included, but all labor will be volunteered by Barbell Farm and any willing co-op members.

ItemAnnualBatchChickencontingency
(10%)
Chicks$665.00$133.00$1.33$0.13
Bedding$75.00$15.00$0.15$0.02
Feed$5400.00$1080.00$10.80$1.08
Electricity$200.00$40.00$0.40$0.04
Fuel$750.00$150.00$1.50$0.15
Total$7090.00$1418.00$14.18$1.42

Schedule

These are “week of” dates and will be continually re-evaluated based on various factors such as weather, growth rate, and co-op member preferences.

BatchStartDelivery
12/1/213/29/21
23/29/215/24/21
35/24/217/19/21
47/19/219/06/21
59/06/2111/01/21

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