If you are keeping up with small farm trends you already know that raising meat chickens has become all the rage lately. You may also be familiar with the small farm guru, Joel Salatin, who wrote Pastured Poultry Profit$ all about how you can make $25,000 in six months on twenty acres raising pastured feathered friends (I still need to read it). I have to admit it is something I have considered, but having heard how messy it is has me second guessing. With all the poop, bleeding and plucking, I am not sure I could stomach raising enough chickens to make it worth it. But, I guess when you put a couple thousand dollar price tag on it then all the nastiness just may be worth it.
Today I came across a blog post that I shared on our Facebook page Simple Goodness – like us so you can get our awesome links – and it got me thinking not just about raising chickens to eat but also about how I buy my food and who I am supporting when I go to the grocery store. The truth is I am a creature of convenience, like most others, and it is not always easy to find a small farmer, coordinate payment and pickup all for a chicken and it’s even more difficult to try to raise the chicken myself, slaughter it and store it until I am ready for it. For me its not really about the money because I have no problem paying the extra cash to support a family farm or investing in a few chickens, it’s about the convenience. It is one of the reasons I am always brainstorming different ways farmers can make the process easier. I have a bunch of good ideas and maybe one day I will organize them all and offer up a presentation of sorts, but for now they are stuck in my head.
All that to say that I think you should read One Girl’s Rant: What to Expect When Raising Meat Birds and the Lessons I Learned From Mine blog. I would love to hear what you think about it and what keeps you from buying straight from the farmer or even raising it on your own. What are the obstacles you face? Or if you do go the extra mile, was it worth it? Would you do it again? What made it easy or difficult? I love a good discussion! Ready, set, GO!