Question for everyone who sells fertile/hatching eggs and/or chicks/chickens:
What breed brings in the most money per sell? This will depend entirely on your area. Some places love the fancy/rare breeds, while other places just want red or white layers. Your price will also depend on the area. Some places can charge $25 a laying hen, and others $10-15. I raise black japanese bantams, black copper marans, and large silver laced wyandottes.
What breed do you sell the most of? I sell way more of the marans and wyandotte than the bantam japanese.
Where do you sell your eggs/chicks/chickens at? Live auction? Internet auction? TSC swaps? Internet sale page? Facebook sale page? other? I used to sell both on Facebook sale pages and TSC swaps. I can no longer attend swaps, so i sell strictly from Facebook.
What sells better: eggs or chicks? This is personal preference. You have less time and money into eggs and can sell more since you don't lose any in the hatching process. However chicks will normally sell better and you can charge more for. If you sell day old chicks you only have the money spent on electricity for the incubator invested in them. With eggs you have nothing invested at all. I suggest, if you sell chicks, to have buyers lined up before they hatch. This way you insure you aren't stuck with unbought chicks to house and feed.
My personal experience and way I work, in my area, is to mainly focus on selling chicks but also offer hatching eggs. If someone wants eggs it works out just fine, because you can't gather eggs too far in advance without lowering hatch rates. I honestly make almost zero revenue since it goes entirely back into my birds, and so I do not suggest trying to make a living off of selling eggs or chicks. You will have to keep a very tight budget. I sell excess for the fun or hatching and to lower the cost of keeping my birds just a little. I also have learned to up front say that birds are either sexed/unsexed and that I either do/don't have additional stock for sale that isn't listed. Some people will hem and haw because the straight run chicks you gave them weren't all hens, but that's their own personal problem and I normally don't do business with them again.
Thank you in advance, I really appreciate any responses. Feel free to add any info I may not have questioned about. And yes, I have given up, I am not fighting the addiction any longer. Hello, my name is Teresa, I am a chicken addict.