Why it’s Important
Chick costs are another main input cost that is worth tracking. Depending on where you source your chicks, costs will vary. Consider location of the hatchery and distance to your farm, which can add transportation costs into overall chick costs.
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Track your costs from year to year for a better handle on this main input cost, so you know where you may need to make changes in the future. Having good data will provide you with your own benchmarks and you’ll be better equipped to make improvements. Keep notes on chick quality, and once you have your processes established, you may want to try other sources for your chicks. If your processes are standardized, it’s easier to evaluate the quality of your chicks when you receive them.
Once you have your processes established, you may want to try other sources for your chicks. If your processes are standardized, it’s easier to evaluate the quality of your chicks when you receive them.
Other considerations include ensuring chicks are at the right temperature before and during transport, and that they are being handled properly before you receive them.
As you track chick costs and quality from flock to flock, you’ll be better equipped to factor these into overall cost of production calculations and decision-making.
“The biggest impact on productivity is mortality. Especially when they are pasture raised, the birds are at the mercy of the elements and weather affects mortality. We manage their environment as much as possible to minimize losses.”
– Will & Tara MacArthur
“A heat lamp for chicks until they get feathers will help reduce chick mortality. Temperature probes help us adjust to the right temperature.”
– Will & Tara MacArthur, Owners
“When we started, we set our number around what we thought we could sell – 200 seemed right – and we grew as we created our market.”
Will & Tara MacArthur, Owners