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Convincing My Parents For SQ cochins

post #1 of 7
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So I want to breed and show cochins,
Step #1
Contact a Breeder
I've done is contacted Bo Garrett to see if he has any chicks or eggs for sale.

Step #2
Build a breeding coop
This is where my dad is having issues, he doesn't understand that in order to have a successful career/business/operation I need a separate coop in which to keep the Cochins so they aren't with my free ranging birds.
My chickens aren't spoiled whatsoever, they don't need a fancy coop or anything, so I wouldn't need a fancy coop to keep them in.
I've designed something myself which is a 16x16 coop divided into 4 sections.
I would pay for all the materials myself.

Step #3
Convince my dad that i want to be a poultry breeder
My dad does not understand that i feel that poultry is my calling, whenever i even mention a second coop he either ignores me or laughs.


He doesn't understand that i need certain things in order to have my poultry business be a success.

So i need help on how to convince him that it's what i really want to do in life.
post #2 of 7

You say you have a design.....

....do you have a complete and detailed materials list with costs and sources of all materials listed out?

 

Will you/can you build it all yourself....

.....or will you have to hire someone to build it and a quote for how much that will cost?

 

Do you already have that money saved up?

 

 

Have you researched if there's a real and ongoing market for selling locally what you propose to breed.

Do you plan to ship birds/eggs and have a cost analysis for that aspect?

Will you need certification for shipping birds and what that entails including cost?

If you are a minor, can you even get those certifications?

 

 

It's really hard to run a viable business, can take more than several years to cover costs.

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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post #3 of 7
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by aart View Post

You say you have a design.....
....do you have a complete and detailed materials list with costs and sources of all materials listed out?

Will you/can you build it all yourself....
.....or will you have to hire someone to build it and a quote for how much that will cost?

Do you already have that money saved up?


Have you researched if there's a real and ongoing market for selling locally what you propose to breed.
Do you plan to ship birds/eggs and have a cost analysis for that aspect?
Will you need certification for shipping birds and what that entails including cost?
If you are a minor, can you even get those certifications?


It's really hard to run a viable business, can take more than several years to cover costs.
I have a relative list of all the materials we need. We have alot leftover since WE built a 2200sq foot house all by ourselves last year.
At first I'm planning on just taking the birds to local swaps and sales, and in time I will get certified, which is pretty easy in my state.

Yes I have the money I've been saving up for 4 years.
post #4 of 7
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And I want to go to college for genetics breeding, or something along those lines so that could help me
post #5 of 7

I'm sure your parents have their reasons that I certainly wouldn't even dream of attempting to surmise as stranger on a public forum.

You might just have to do some experiments with the birds and/or space you already have.

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

Reply

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

Reply
post #6 of 7
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by aart View Post

I'm sure your parents have their reasons that I certainly wouldn't even dream of attempting to surmise as stranger on a public forum.
You might just have to do some experiments with the birds and/or space you already have.
My mom is fine with it. My dad would be if he could understand that I need a second coop..
post #7 of 7

well a second coop is fun. I am an old lady, and have had chickens for years, and got a second set up last year. However, it might take you years to talk your folks into this.

 

What if you begin by culling down what you have in the first coop. In the mean time, begin raising up your chicks of the breed you want. Eventually replacing your laying flock with just Cochins.

Now sometimes people get the notion that one must keep the breeding birds completely separate from the layer flock. But you really don't. One does not hatch all year long. You just need to keep them separate while breeding, or figure out a way, to make sure you get the eggs out of the hen you want. The beauty of chickens, is you can pick the eggs you want to hatch, and eat the rest.

 

So if you have a pair that you think are just right, you would have both in the flock,  and when she lays, just collect her eggs for hatching. She can just be partially separated for a couple of days from the flock if need be. What I am trying to show you, is that you could get started breeding this breed without the second coop. Perhaps, if in a year or so, you start showing your Dad success in some shows, and a long term interest, well then, he might just come around to your way of thinking.

 

You do have a very strong interest, and that is a very viable idea to go into poultry genetics. There are professional breeders, and there is no reason you might not be one. However, probably not tomorrow. I hope you get those eggs, get those chicks up and growing, and have some good success.

 

Mrs K

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