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Chicken houses
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Mark    Posted 04-09-2004 at 02:56:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
Does any one know how much it cost to build a standerd sized chicken house(one that can hold 20,000 - 25,000 chickens) what is the profit for having like a contract with Tyson,Perdue or another big chicken company?

Ron/PA    Posted 04-09-2004 at 08:17:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
Mark, I spent wayy too many years in that industry. I managed contracts for some of the larger mills and hatcheries on the east coast and here's where I would stand if I were in your shoes.
The cost will depend on what your contractor requires. Some want total black out houses, so higher construction costs. Some want curtain side houses, lower construction costs, but lots higher heating costs.
Advantage to having a contract? Unless you are very tried and true, in this field, lenders won't finance feathers without a good contract from a well known production company.
It won't be just the house, it will also include things like a state or federally approved manure handling plan, you will need an automatic back up generator, tractors and spreaders to clean out every 6 to 8 weeks, and don't be shocked by the bill you may well get from your attorney to get the initial permit,(depending on your area.)
As to the costs, depending on the feed system, water system, and ventilation systems, required by the contract, you may well see costs run $5.00 per bird and they certainly could go higher.
Check with the companies contracting in your area, see if they are even letting new contracts, and their service/finance people can get you started or at least get you educated.
Big Dutchman used to have a great program for this, they had contractors in each area that acted as advisers for this information. I don't know if they still do, but you might contact a Big D dealer.
I wish you the best of luck, should you decide to take this on.

link here    Posted 04-09-2004 at 03:38:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
heres a link with more info.


BRANDON    Posted 02-09-2006 at 11:56:59       [Reply]  [Send Email]

TO35    Posted 04-09-2004 at 03:31:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
I live near Camilla ga. where a Cagles processing plant is (20 miles) Theres around 80 Chicken houses with in 50 mile radius of this plant so the business is on the up swing. I don't know all the peticulars but have been told if you provide the land they will put you in busines by finacing your venture. They have certain standards you must adhear to thats non-negotionable...the only draw back I hear about is getting rid of the "chicken litter". I'll ask around and see if I can come up with more info., I'm kinda curious myself now....

have a good day

SusieQ    Posted 04-09-2004 at 03:05:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
Whoa there, you had best do some researching as too a chicken factory this size...regulations of community, and doing cost, survey. Also check with major companies. This is one big big project you are thinking about here. Loans, and having all the $$$$$$ in the bank.

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