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Phillip J. Clauer, Poultry Extension Specialist, Animal and Poultry Sciences

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.

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Reviewed by Audrey McElroy, associate professor, Animal and Poultry Sciences

Virginia Cooperative Extension materials are available for public use, reprint, or citation without further permission, provided the use includes credit to the author and to Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, and Virginia State University.

Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; M. Ray McKinnie, Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg.

Publication Date

May 1, 2009

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