So I may have mentioned this in a previous post, but I sell over 1000 chickens a year. I have one customer. He buys all my processed chickens, and he buys all my eggs. It really is a great thing. I never have to worry about selling the birds I raise. Every year we revisit price, and start all over again.
Recently he has started asking me about rabbits. He would like to start buying 15-20 rabbits a month. He would also like ducks too, but I refuse. I did it one time for him and those suckers tore up my pastures. Now I know that there is a start up cost to raising the rabbits, but what I cant figure out is what price to set. It seems rabbit prices in my area are all over the place. My customer would like to pay a per rabbit price as opposed to a per lb price.
The few farms near me are offering rabbit for $8/lb. They claim the average weight is 3-3.5lbs. Well $24 per rabbit seems a little steep to me. However, I also don’t want to slow the local market. I do believe in the value of locally grown and pasture raised food.
Anyway, and help anyone could give me would be much appreciated.