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HI. I'm a new member, just signed up. I've used this site often as a non-member, but this time I couldn't find a thread to my question. Here goes. What are your thoughts on purchasing layers for say $20 a pop. Keeping them until fall, and then calling them for stewers. I live on an island in Ontario in the summer and winter down south, so I can't keep them. Fresh eggs go for $5 a dozen here and are a boat ride away. Do you think I'd break even over 6 months? Meet chickens work out great, as we can do a couple of small batches each season. Hope this doesn't seem heartless, but I'm an eater and love me some fresh food.
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:welcome  There is a lot of production left in hens that have only laid part of a season.  Given your situation have you considered buying them at X$ per bird and then selling them for .5 X when you head South?

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My favorite chicken?

 

Original and extra crispy,,,

 

 

You just have to give it more thought than I can, see if

it works.  Need more details.

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Food for thought about re-selling them.  I doubt there would be much of a market in our area.  It's not like they'd be wasted if they were eaten.  Thanks for the idea

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Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. A lot of whether or not your plan would be a profitable venture depends on what eggs cost in your area. When we lived in Hawaii, eggs were $6:00 per dozen so it paid to raise high yield layers to save money on eggs. However here in NW Montana, we can buy eggs for $1:00 per dozen so raising chickens here is just a fun hobby where the chickens are primarily pets. By the time we invest in feed, etc., we'll never make or save any money raising chickens here. It's caused us to re-think the breeds we are going to get this spring. Please feel free to ask any other questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Cheers.  

Edited by Michael OShay - 2/14/16 at 7:10pm
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Hi and welcome to BYC. You have some good feedback already, but just one thought - as you live on an island and i would imagine most things are a bit pricey - does this also go for chicken feed? If thats also expensive, it could offset any potential profit. Maybe you could start small this year, and if it works, give it the full beans next?

 

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Silly question: why can't you keep the hens and just travel with them? My best laying hens are 2 years old, the first year for me is not as productive, and my laying hens do not look like they have enough meat to bother. No neighbors would agree to hen sit?
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Originally Posted by CTKen View Post


Hi and welcome to BYC. You have some good feedback already, but just one thought - as you live on an island and i would imagine most things are a bit pricey - does this also go for chicken feed? If thats also expensive, it could offset any potential profit. Maybe you could start small this year, and if it works, give it the full beans next?

All the best
CT
This feedback is great and I thank all. Others I posted the question to, couldn't conceive of the idea of eating hens before their time. So glad I have true chicken people to talk to now.
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Silly question: why can't you keep the hens and just travel with them? My best laying hens are 2 years old, the first year for me is not as productive, and my laying hens do not look like they have enough meat to bother. No neighbors would agree to hen sit?
Wish I could, but renting a place in Florida is tough enough with a dog. No neighbours on the island in the winter, mainlanders can barely keep their own. Glad to know about the meat situation, something to ponder for sure.
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