Chicken Production Budget Worksheet

Revenue

In this section you determine how many chickens will be produced for the year and the anticipated selling price. This information will be used to determine the total gross sales revenue for the year. Pasture raised poultry are typically produced in moveable cages with each cage holding one batch of birds.
 
Sample data from local farms
Farm A Farm B Farm C
    Enter the anticipate selling price of chickens as $/lb $3.75 $2.50 $3.00
 
  What is the average dressed bird weight (lb) you expect 4.73 4.54 4.13
 
  How many chickens will you produce per batch 75 103 125
 
  How many batches per year 6 14 2
 
  What is your anticipated death loss percentage (0-100) 7.10% 6.80% 13.20%
             

 

Expenses

Production expenses are divided into variable and fixed costs. The variable costs are those that are directly related to the number of chickens raised, such as the cost of the chicks and the feed they eat. Fixed costs are costs that you incur that are not directly related to the amount of production, such as liability insurance and equipment or buildings, which will last for multiple seasons.

 

Sample data from local farms



 

Variable Costs

Farm A Farm B Farm C
 


  How much will you pay for chicks in $/chick
1.00 1.12 0.80
 
 
  Cost of feed in $/lb
0.2520 0.2620 0.1835

  Anticipated pounds of feed it will take to produce a pound of dressed chicken 4.5 3.28 3.305
           
    Cost per batch for medicines and any feed suplements you will use 5.83 0 0
           
 
  Bedding (Price Per Unit)
8.00 0 6.10
  Bedding (Number of Units per Batch) 1 0 5
  Other Supply Expenses (Total for Season) 0.00 0.00 32.00
           
  Hired Labor      
    Wage ($ / hour) 8.00 10.00 10.00
    Labor (Hours Per Batch) - Brooding Chicks 0 0 0
    Labor (Hours Per Batch) - Feeding & Moving Birds 0 0 0
           
  Unpaid Labor      
    Wage ($ / hour) 8.00 10.00 10.00
    Labor (Hours Per Batch) - Brooding Chicks 5 4 5
    Labor (Hours Per Batch) - Feeding & Moving Birds 20 17.8 27
             
    Processing cost per bird.

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4.56 2.28 3.88
           
    Expenses for picking up feed or chicks 0 0 281.00
           
    Your estimate of any utilities cost per batch 4.17 0 9.00
             
    Other expenses not yet included?
0 201.00 96.84


   



 

Fixed Costs

Farm A Farm B Farm C
    Sales & Marketing      
 


  Advertising & other paid expenses for the season.
20.00 246.00 0.00
    Hired Sales Help - Hours
0 22.5 0
    Hired Sales Help - Wage ($ / hour) 10.00 10.00 10.00
    Estimate your hours spent on sales & marketing 80 36 5
    Estimate the wage you would expect to receive for this work 10.00 10.00 10.00
 
    Overhead      
 
  Insurance
0.00 0.00 0.00
 
  Rent 0.00 283.24 0.00
    Accounting, Legal Expenses 0.00 0.00 0.00
    Other Overhead 0.00 0.00 0.00
           
    Capital Equipment      
    Production Equipment (waterers, feeders, chicken tractors etc.) which will last for more than one season 1560.00 0.00 171.00
    New Structures such as barns (portion used for Poultry)
9000.00 0.00 0.00