Originally Posted by chippysmom327
My ad for my chicks. Is $15 too much for show quality cockerels if I'm not NPIP or a "breeder"? Should I take it down to $10? I just feel like if somebody can potentially win like, hundreds of dollars in prize money on them, that's like, a small price.
And I also got myself into a litttle pickle. My one pullet (or so I think) is too old to be on starter (11 weeks) and too young to be on layer. She's the only one that age, and my other babies are 6 weeks. The only other age I have is layers. I don't really have a growout pen. The only place I can put her is a wire place where the duck sleeps but I'm gonna need it this weekend for Penelope's babies to hatch. The thing is, Penelope's babies willl be guineas. Can I feed the guineas the grower that I'm feeding the pullet? What should I do?
Edit: Just looked up the protein for Dumor Grower/Finisher... def will not work for the guinea keets.
Unfortunately, the CL market for show quality poultry is pretty small. I've seen ads for the same birds put up repeatedly for many months. The people looking for SQ birds are looking at the shows and if you want to get good prices, you need to show your birds and they need to win. Saying a bird is SQ means little, but seeing it win in a show makes it valuable. Some breeders know enough to visually see if a bird will win in shows, but those people probably are selling more than buying. If they are at a show and they see a bird they think will improve their line, or a breed they want to show next year, they will negotiate with the owner at the show or at least get the contact info to follow up directly. They are not (generally) trolling CL looking for breeding stock.
If you have pullets, people will buy them for pets and SQ matters only a little (maybe for vanity sake). But cockerels are just hard to sell at all. I don't mean to discourage you, but I would be surprised if you get any takers. Frankly, I think you'll have trouble selling them for any price on CL. Better to take them to a swap or auction.
Sorry if that seems like a negative assessment of the CL market, I do hope I'm wrong in your case and you sell them quickly.