Determining cost-effectiveness of raising slow growing genotype broilers in three alternative housing systems

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer
Funds awarded in 2007: $7,861.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2007
Region: Northeast
State: Connecticut
Project Leader:


  • Additional Plants: native plants
  • Animals: poultry


  • Animal Production: housing, free-range, feed rations, pasture fertility, grazing - rotational
  • Education and Training: on-farm/ranch research
  • Farm Business Management: agricultural finance
  • Production Systems: agroecosystems
  • Sustainable Communities: urban/rural integration, analysis of personal/family life

    Proposal summary:

    Small farmers have found growing markets for high-quality pasture-raised poultry, and consumers have embraced a slow growing European-style broiler. Access to this bird has recently been made easier with the introduction of a new hatchery raising it, but this type of bird does have a slower grow-out time and poorer feed conversion than standard breeds. This study will evaluate the cost-effectiveness of raising the European-style bird in three housing systems to determine if it’s financially feasible for poultry producers to raise it. Outreach will be through a web site, articles, and an open house.

    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.