Originally Posted by AnneInTheBurbs
That's awesome! I wish I could find a good supply of pastured eggs in my area, I just don't have enough room for enough chickens to satisfy our egg needs. Plus, I also have friends who would be steady buyers. Plans for the future.... At you doing the chicks more for enjoyment, or some side money also? If you don't mind the personal question.
It's for fun, a hobby that got out of control - as all my hobbies do (I used to have 30+ aquariums and bred thousands of tropical fish, but even as a teenager I had a business and built my own greenhouse for tropical plants, this is the latest in a series of fanatical hobbies). I'm careful never to get financially dependent on a hobby, it takes all the fun out it. All the money goes back to the farm, mostly for feed, I project we will spend over $6000 for feed alone this year, so there has to be some income to keep things afloat.
I'm hoping to diversify the farm for my brother-in-law. He is slowing going bankrupt with dairy and all the government programs and cooperatives are not helping, just dragging out the inevitable. There is not a lot of money to be made in agriculture unless you have millions to invest in very large "vertically integrated" operations. Anyone thinking of starting a business in any type of food production would be well advised to do their homework until they talk themselves out of it. The money is all being made selling to farmers or marketing their products, nothing substantial ends up in the pockets of the guys and gals doing the actual work and taking the risks. I guess you could say that by selling chicks I am trying to move them to the supplier side of the board. It doesn't scale though, to other, less profitable per resource, operations are needed to pick up the slack.
Sorry for the long answer, I blame B-school for my tendency to run on about profit margins and such things.