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Oct 8, 2013 02:58 PM

Price of Chicken

Local grocer is selling Perdue oven roasters next week for $0.88/lb.

I recall paying $0.99 / lb for a Perdue oven roaster back in the mid/late 70's.

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  1. In many countries, chicken is now cheaper than it was. When I was a child (1950s) it was something we had for special dinners, like Easter or birthdays). But, back then, very few chickens, if any, were factory raised. It's the "benefit" of mass production.

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    1. re: Harters


      industrial chickens pumped full of antibiotics to grow and fatten at an a alarming pace.

      1. re: hotoynoodle

        Average life cycle of a commercial chicken 4-6 weeks.

          1. re: treb

            Oh my god, really? I'm sorry to say I didn't know this. I've actually stopped buying chicken because I find what I do know about the industry disturbing. But I did not know about the 4-6 weeks lifespan. Wow.

            1. re: bonoeuf

              have really fine-tuned my diet over the last few years and FINALLY realized that commercial chicken gives me all sorts of weird cravings and simply does not satisfy my hunger. at. all. i stopped eating it over 2 years ago. i don't have affordable access to pastured birds, but i find i really don't miss it.

          2. re: hotoynoodle

            Antibiotics do nothing to "grow and fatten [chickens] at an alarming rate" they are solely for disease resistance.

            1. re: ferret



              "Continuous, low-dose administration of an antibiotic can increase the rate and efficiency of weight gain in healthy livestock. The presence of antibiotics likely changes the composition of the gut flora to favour growth. Debate is ongoing as to how that gut flora are changed; change may simply be a reduction in numbers, a change in species compo-sition or a combination of the two. For example, a low, continuous dose of antibiotic may:

              >>eliminate bacteria that steal essential nutrients required by the animal for growth
              >>reduce competition allowing beneficial bacteria that produce essential nutrients required by the animal for growth to multiply
              >>control growth of bacteria that cause low-grade infections or produce toxins, both of which result in thick intestines that do not absorb nutrients well.

              Some antibiotics may also enhance feed consumption and growth by stimulating metabolic processes within the animal."

              1. re: ferret

                Chickens are prone to so many diseases the big producers almost have to use antibiotics. Which I have no problem with. However, I rarely buy these birds anymore. I think the free range birds have a lot more flavor for not too much more money.

                1. re: mike0989

                  Agree about the flavor, chicken breast, in particular, is pretty tasteless.

          3. Nobody is forcing you to buy it. Thanks to the green revolution and advanced bioengineering, we have not had the massive famines and wars that the experts were certain would happen. At 2 billion fewer people than we now have on the planet.

            Plus or minus the crew of the International Space Station.

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            1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

              I agree with you, but on this forum I suspect you and I are alone on this one.

              Another data point for the OP: where I am a whole Perdue chicken is $.99 per pound. Drumsticks are $.89 and leg quarters are $.79 all non sale prices.

              1. re: RealMenJulienne

                Inexpensive protine for anyone on a tight budget.

            2. I am not sure this is a good thing.....i guess "you get what you pay for" is applicable here

              1. I won't buy those Perdue chickens anymore. Their taste and texture just got worse and worse to the point of indelible Frankenfood.

                You get what you pay for.

                1. Well, last time we were in france, we picked up a chicken to roast for dinner. Cost 22 euro IIRC (nearly $30). At that price, a lot of people would be eating a lot less chicken. Industrial chicken at less than a buck a pound or heritage stuff at $8+ a pound.

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                  1. re: Bkeats

                    Even for France, €22 might be on the expensive side and may well have been a premium quality bird (although obviously depends on how big it was and, therefore, the per kilo price).

                    In the UK, prices at my usual supermarket range from £2.48 a kilo (for factory raised chicken), through £4.50 a kilo (for free range) to £5.89 a kilo (for organic).

                    I do not buy factory raised and would not buy even if I could not afford better.

                    1. re: Harters

                      Actually bought two to feed six of us. I was a bit shocked by the price. Was some fancy breed that I can't remember. Don't recall if it was Bresse or not. I recall giving my niece a scare with the feet. In the states, chickens don't usually come with the feet still attached. Chicken was very good. Better than purdue.

                      1. re: Bkeats

                        The supermarket Carrefour currently has free range corn-fed chickens for sale at €10.90 (weight 1.2kg) and organic at €15.90 (weight 1.3kg). They're not currently listing poulet de Bresse which, I suspect, would be even more expensive than your €22.

                        France has few bargains for us these days. Much is to do with the sterling/euro exchange rate but, also, some tax increases in France. We always do a shop at the Carrefour in Calais befroe catching the ferry home - booze is still cheaper (due to high UK taxation) but we mainly look for things we can't readily get here.