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Poultry Value Worksheets

Introduction

This fact sheet was developed to aid poultry owners determine fair indemnity values for birds in case of eradication or insurance claims. The indemnity values are based on the cost of producing and/or replacing the bird. Foregone or lost profits are not considered as part of the indemnity value.Regular markets for domestic fowl are for day-old, broiler-fryers, started pullets, breeders, spent hens and hobby/exhibition. There are no established markets or prices for domestic fowl at other stages of development. An indemnity value was determined for birds at each week of age to production age based on costs of rearing the birds to these stages in the life cycle. Breeder indemnity values are based on cost of rearing and potential production. An exception was made for commercial egg layers as egg producers often purchase started pullets to replace their spent hens, and consider this purchase cost, rather than cost of rearing as a normal cost of producing eggs. When giving an indemnity, use the lowest price in the price range, unless owner specifies they are purebred or specialty birds. Then try to determine a fair price up to the high end of the price range. In some cases a specific breed of Exhibition Fowl may be worth a value above these listed. If the owner believes this is the case, feel free to contact me and I will try to help. If you have questions about determining values of a given bird or flock, feel free to contact me. Phillip J. Clauer, Poultry Extension Specialist, Small Flock, Poultry Science Department, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061-0332 or telephone (540) 231-9185.



Indemnity Values For Laying Hens

Assumptions in determining values: 
  • Feed price - $9.00/100 lbs.
  • Laying cycle - 52 weeks
  • Feed conversion - 3.8 (white egg) lbs/doz. & 4.2 (brown egg) lbs/doz.
  • Mortality = 9%/yr.
  • Egg price - 60¢/dozen (farm value)
  • Eggs produced - 22 dozen/hen housed

A. Indemnity value of pullets for egg production:

    Estimated day-old cost:
  • White egg layers 60 cents/chick
  • Brown egg layers 65 cents/chick

Production CostAge in Weeks:Production cost per week:
 1 through 812 cents/bird
 9 through 1817 cents/bird

Estimating indemnity for pullets at various ages during development:

(price of day-old chick) + (production cost) = estimated value 

Worksheet to figure value of growing pullets:  
a. Age of birds (in weeks)__________ 
b. Cost per week to produce x age (a)__________cents per bird
c. Cost of day-old chicks__________cents per bird
d. Total cost per bird (b + c)__________cents per bird
e. Total number birds lost__________birds
f. Total indemnity line (d x e)$__________ 


Cost to replace started pullets 18 to 20 weeks of age:

  • White egg layers - $3.50/bird
  • Brown egg layers - $3.60/bird


B. Indemnity value of laying hens:

Age in WeeksValue per bird 
 White egg/layersBrown egg/layers
21-30$4.40$5.00
31-373.854.40
38-443.403.70
45-512.703.00
52-592.002.30
60-65 weeks1.352.25
   
If molted and used for 2nd laying cycle:  
66-752.002.75
76-851.802.50
86-951.402.25
Older than 95 weeks1.002.00


Indemnity Value For Meat Chickens

    Assumptions in determining values:
  • Feed price - $10.80/100 lbs.
  • 4.1 lbs. average at 7 weeks of age
  • 2.25 lbs feed/pound gain

A. Indemnity value of pullets for egg production:

Total indemnity is equal to price of chicks + production cost 
Estimated day-old cost:
  • For commercial growers = 20¢ per chick
  • For backyard growers = 60¢ per chick

Production CostAge in weeks:Average cost per week to produce:
 1 through 620 cents/week
 7 through 825 cents/week

Worksheet to figure value of growing pullets:  
a. Age of birds (in weeks)__________ 
b. Cost per week to produce x age (a)__________cents per bird
c. Cost of day-old chicks__________cents per bird
d. Total cost per bird (b + c)__________cents per bird
e. Total number birds lost__________birds
f. Total indemnity line (d x e)$ __________ 

B. Indemnity value of meat-type chicken breeders:

Age in WeeksValue Per Bird
18-22$4.75
23-325.50
33-424.80
43-523.90
53-623.00
over 62 weeks2.75
  
Example: 10 breeders are killed. Birds are 35 weeks old. Look up age in weeks (33-42 bracket). Go straight across to value per bird column. Multiply number of birds (10) times value per bird ($4.80). 10 x $4.80 = $48.00 total indemnity. 

Indemnity Value For Turkeys

A. Estimating Cost of Producing Turleys for Meat:
Estimated day-old cost:
  • For commercial growers = $1.25 per poult
  • For backyard growers = $2.00 per poult
Production CostAge in weeks:Productions cost per week/bird:
 1 through 825 cents/week
 9 through 1640 cents/week
 17 through 2955¢/week/bird

Worksheet to figure value of growing pullets:  
a. Age of birds (in weeks)__________ 
b. Cost per week to produce x age (a)__________cents per bird
c. Cost of day-old chicks__________cents per bird
d. Total cost per bird (b + c)__________cents per bird
e. Total number birds lost__________birds
f. Total indemnity line (d x e)$__________ 

B. Meat Turkey Breeders Estimated Value:

Age in weeksValue per bird
30-38$22.50
39-4515.00
46 weeks or older9.00

C. Slaughter Value of 75¢ per pound of bird

D. Purebred Turkey Stock:
Day-OldAdult Breeder Value
$3.00 - $4.50 each$30 – 50 each
The production costs are the same as above. 



Indemnity Values For Special Interest Domestic Fowl

For the remaining domestic fowl there is limited market information to get an accurate value. However, day- old prices, approximate production costs and a fair adult breeder price can be determined. Many of these fowl are specialty and purebred stock. Because it is difficult to determine degrees of quality, productivity and added value from flock to flock, this sheet can only determine a fair price range for each type of fowl. If the flock owner has records which can prove their flock has added value, a higher indemnity prices can be considered.


Type of FowlDay-old ValueProduction CostAdult Breeder Value
  • Crossbred(common)
  • Large Fowl
  • Bantam
  • 50¢ each
  • 50¢ each
  • 12¢ / week
  • 12¢ / week
  • $2.00 to $5.00 each
  • $2.00 to $5.00 each
  • Domestic Ducks
  • Crossbred
  • Purebred
  • $2.00 each
  • $2.50 to $5.00
  • 40¢ / week
  • 90¢ per lb.
  • $10.00 to $25.00 each
  • Gamebirds
  • Pheasants
  • Quail
  • $1.00 to $2.50
  • $1.50 to $2.50
  • 20¢ / week
  • 10¢ / week
  • $20.00 to $50.00 each
  • $3.00 to $20.00 each
  • Geese
  • Crossbred
  • Purebred
  • $4.00 each
  • $6.00 to $10.00 ea.
  • 50¢ / week
  • $1.00 per lb.
  • $15.00 to $40.00 each
  • Guinea Fowl
  • $2.00 each
  • 18¢ / week
  • $5.00 to $15.00 each
Peafowlnot available30¢ / week$50.00 to $100.00 each
  • Pigeons
  • Common utility
  • purebred and fancy
    should not besold until adult
  • $3.00 to $5.00 each
  • $10.00 to $20.00 each
Pit Game(Seldom sold)$5.00 each15¢ / week
  • Stag (unproven male):$50.00 to $100.00 each
  • Cock (proven male):$75.00 to $150.00 each
  • Hens:$50.00 to $100.00 each
  • Purebred ExhibitionType Chickens
  • Large Fowl
  • Bantam
  • $1.25 to $3.50 ea.
  • $1.00 to $2.50 ea.
  • 20¢ / week
  • 12¢ / week
  • $10.00 to $25.00 each
  • $5.00 to $20.00 each
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