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If you are interested in raising chickens, turkeys, or eggs to sell, we recommend reading all of the ATTRA publications listed on the Poultry Basics page. That will give you a good background. Below are some resources that we have run across that may help you market your birds.

Can I sell my birds?

HomeGrown Poultry believes there is a strong market for well-raised poultry since there is no local source for it in Southwestern Idaho and Eastern Oregon. Our experience is borne out by a University of Idaho consumer study done in 2002. Their conclusion is that there is a large untapped market for pastured poultry in the area. Read the study here:

Exploring Market Opportunities For Local And
Sustainable Poultry Production

March 2002
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Can I make money raising chickens?

Every farmer should be concerned about whether or not a project is going to make money. The University of Idaho studied the economics of raising chickens in this document:

The Economics of Natural, Free-Range Chicken
Production in Idaho

By James R. Nelson, Robert L. Smathers and Steven Peterson
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Does how I raise them make a difference?

The market for poultry has many niches, such as free-range, antibiotic-free, humanely-raised, organic, pastured, heirloom breeds, naturally-raised, and local. Some of these niches have recognized standards. Before you make any claim on your label or in your conversations with your customers, make sure you are meeting all the requirements. Below is a list----not a comprehensive or complete list---just something to get you started about different marketing claims:

Organic: Must meet the standard of the National Organic Program. HomeGrown Poultry is a certified organic facility, inspected by the Idaho Department of Agriculture. If you raise organic birds and want them processed organically, we will need a copy of your organic certificate and you will need ours. The ATTRA website has a new publication on raising chickens organically: ATTRA Organic poultry production

Humanely raised: Many animal welfare organizations have adopted standards for raising poultry. The best one we have found is Animal Welfare Approved. (www.AnimalWelfareApproved.org) HomeGrown Poultry is not currently approved by the AWA organization. If you are interested in this certification for your poultry, please contact us.

Standards

Animal Welfare Approved Standards for Chickens
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You might also want to consider raising chickens that enjoy a wide following in France. ATTRA has a nice article about the Label Rouge system of production. Pasture-Based Poultry Production in France

Will HomeGrown Poultry buy chickens that I don't want to sell myself?

No.  Before you order the chicks, make sure you have a market.  As much as we would like to, HomeGrown Poultry is not in a position to buy poultry from growers who do not want to market them. We have established some standards of production to meet the various markets. At this moment, we believe there are buyers for various types of chicken.  Those categories are:   chicken (raised in no particular manner); free-range; pastured; and supreme chicken (incorporating the very best production practices). If you are interested in what markets we may have uncovered, please contact us. Take a look at the standards that we have developed for our future plans to purchase poultry and resell them:

HomeGrown Poultry Purchase Standards
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What are my options for feed?

GMO-free corn will be available in fall 2009 from Mathews Feed in Weiser. Please contact them if you are interested in GMO-free corn.  If poultry growers don't support the farmers and the mill that are bringing this product to you, they won't grow it again. 

Zamzow's Mill in Meridian and Christiansen's Mill in Payette buy as much local feed as they can. They may be encouraged to acquire organic, GMO-free, or other specialty grains if enough customers ask them.

Steve Campbell in New Meadows is working with a chick pea grower in the Palouse to bring 24% protein chick peas. You may contact him at trinityc3@frontiernet.net

Our blog will be a place to update you on feed sources and availability.