Let’s start a small farm business raising chickens for meat. The main thing that comes in mind is wondering where to begin. The steps that come in our mind are getting some chicks, raise them to slaughtering size, process them or get them processed, and sell them. But here lies the main problem. Organizing your chicken broiler business takes some work. You need a poultry farming business plan.
Know the Laws
The first step should be investigating your state and local laws around poultry sales. This is eventually leading you into the next two steps, determining your market and writing a business plan. It is required that the chicken is approved by USDA and is in good shape. However, in some states, you can sell whole chickens directly to restaurants if your poultry operation is small enough in scale, To sell the whole chicken to public it should be directly from the farm. Proper analysis of the laws should be done on a very good basis case they are the ones that define your next step.
How to Raise Chickens for Meat?
The first step is to learn how to keep baby chicks healthy and raising them to market size without losing too many to illness or predators.
Know Your Market
The next step is to figure out your market for new chicken business.
• Who are your local buyers?
• Will you sell to consumers directly from your farm ?
• Will you sell to restaurants?
Write a Business Plan
You have to first identify your business plan in spite of all the efforts.
The next factor that comes into account is capital. how much of capital do you have?. Another cost that adds up to this is the chicks themselves. Also the food which is fed to them is all added up. You may need medications or supplements as well.
Raise Your Chicks
The main thing that should be kept into account is that the baby chicks need is the special care which can be provided only by their mother-the Hen.
Process the Birds
The processing of the chickens on the farm depends on the laws, your markets, and your comfort level. I’ve done it both ways: myself and taking them to a slaughterhouse. While the slaughterhouse is far easier, the drawback is that it’s also incredibly expensive and adds a lot to the cost of each bird.
Sell the Chickens
After all the processing, packaging, it’s time to put that marketing plan into action and sell them.
To sell anywhere you have to come up with a viable plan, whether you are selling to farmer’s market, restaurants or through a shop directly, you need a suitable overall plan.
Reassess and Re-evaluate
The last step is to reassess and re-evaluate to see if things are still working. Did your marketing plan worked or contained any flaws. Now that you have made your first sale it is advised to re-access the situation and raise only the amount you can sell.