I need some advice.
I just sold about 45 roos/cockerels for literally $0.50-$0.75 each in the last 2wks. I don't make any money on my MFCs (funny, I made a typing error and originally typed KFCs... irony or not...?). Actually, I don't make money on ANY of my bantams. No one around here wants bantams. Only birds I make money off of are my Wheaten Ameraucanas. Which, I sold and hatched out over 4 dozen eggs and now have 15 girls growing out to start again. Anyways... I am considering axing a project again. I love my MFC, but cost effectively, I am getting no place with them. No improvements because I can't get new birds and no money off what I have to improve. I just got my black bantam Cochins a couple months ago and I want to start breeding a chocolate/mauve bantam Cochin project. I bred pures so far (with ONE MFC x Choco Orp accident baby!). I am about to start the chocolate project since I have a couple young cockerels about ready to have their own girls but now I wonder if I want to. Is it worth the aggravation? No one buys my MFCs which is a project and I am going to have the same issue with the chocolates. Or... is there a bit of a demand I am not aware of? I know locally no one will spend an extra couple bucks because it's a rare/new color to Cochins. I don't mind dumping black F1 cockerels at the auction, though. Even at only $0.50 each. The good thing about the chocolates is I already have 6 different origins in my black bantam Cochins, so line/inbreeding isn't an issue. I also got US SOP BBS bantam Orps, too. I already have diversity there. And it's a solid color that's sexlinked! MFCs don't have that.
So. Something has to go. Reason being, I don't have room for so many projects and I can't afford to feed the offspring until they are grown out enough to decide who to keep. Should I sell the MFCs? Sell the chocolate project? Sell both and replace them with a LF breed that will make me a bit of money to help defray the near $200 I spend in feed a month? Oh, money I put in and I get nothing but poo out. Literally. I am not even getting eggs right now. From anyone! Everyone is broody or to young.
I am already eliminating the ducks. No one wants them either. I was going to eliminate the geese, but I like them. I did add turkeys, but of the 7, 5 are BBBs, so they will be in the freezer in less than 3 months. I am axing the LF chocolate/mauve project I have going. I axed the bantam Ameracaunas. I only have the bantam Orps (B/B/S/C), bantam Cochins (MFC & black) and the Ameraucanas. And, Ameraucanas are a project, too. I couldn't go with a normal color that's established. No. I had to go with a color that needs work. I like the sexlink color and ability to tell gender by 6-8wks.