Grow More Chicken – Questions to Ask Before You Go For It

Who doesn't want more free-range poultry? (Outside of vegetarians, that is.) No one. But if you're thinking of taking advantage of exemptions that allow farmers to sell 1,000 birds per year direct to customers without federal inspection, you're looking at a whole different scale. If you go past that tipping point, you're going to face marketing issues and legal considerations that make feasibility an issue. That's where this publication comes in. There are a lot of questions well worth answering before you start to raise a larger flock. Those questions are addressed in the Growing Your Range Poultry Business: An Entrepeneur's Toolbox, a useful publication developed for Southern SARE. You'll be asked to assess your resources - from land to labor to physical structures, and ask yourself how the heck you are going to market 5000 birds, anyway. If you don't have a way to sell those birds, stop the chicken train right there. You can conduct a marketing survey, and the Toolbox talks you through a lot of options on how best to figure out the market fo

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