Originally Posted by Ifish
Yes, Whitmore Farm.
Thanks for the heads up about chick availability.
Are you selling chicks? How is that working out. Seems a little more profitable than the egg selling I was doing, but I have never looked into the market. I'm way too busy these days to start any chicken business. Just want to a hobby for me and my daughter to share, and help better/maintain a breed of chicken.
I think it's fun because I like to hatch chicks, but never have room to keep them all. I bought a used cabinet incubator a little over a year ago because I got tired of juggling the eggs around in my styro hovabator, and fiddling with the temps (that's funny to me when I write it now because I'm now juggling eggs in a very full cabinet incubator that holds 288 instead of 42). As of last weekend, I had hatched 432 chicks since early Dec when I started incubating.
My niece and I are doing this together as a fun project (she loves animals) to make some money for her college. It is a lot of work on my part and if I didn't find it fun it would never be worthwhile, but we have made some money and the season is just getting started. My main goal is to fill what has become a huge gap in the local chick availability. I built a flock last year of breeds that I was expecting to be popular and so far I've been very accurate in what we decide to breed. I've been "tweaking" my breeding pens to adjust to the market. The best part is I have made lots of friends (customers) and they keep coming back for more or sending their friends. I am going to slow the advertising because I have a lot people on waiting lists already.
I've had lots of people drive over an hour each way (and one person 2.5 hours each way) just to buy a few chicks because there is no where closer they can get all the breeds that we have. I feel good about being able to sell someone the exact breeds they are looking for at a price that is fair for both of us.
For anyone attempting this, my advice is to get the best stock you possibly can and go the extra mile to make your customers happy. You still will need a lot of "luck" (aka hard work), but that should be a given.