The laying houses in the Ozarks must be turning over their layers, as one of the local Facebook sites has brown 18 month old layers for $5.00 each or $4.00 each for 100 or more. As the location for the birds offered is in Southeast Kansas, they must be selling very cheap in the Ozarks.
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@Ralph Moyer They may be getting rid of older ones to make room for younger hens. You would not have as many eggs from those as you would in the first year but they would still lay. I guess if you didn't care how many eggs you got it would be a good deal for someone.
I agree with you sharol unless you're wanting birds for eating, then it would be a good deal.
I just can't sell chicks that cheap, people don't understand that it costs a lot to get good breeding stock & then all it costs to grow them out, feed, shelter, maintenance. My birds cost more but I make sure they're healthy before they go to new homes. The hatcheries ship chicks either the day of hatch or the next day. It's all about getting numbers out the door, not quality. I want to make sure the chicks I hatch are stable & doing well before sending them off.
If you raised those chicks for yourself and had the room to free range them they would be a good investment to feed your own family if you wanted birds with good flavor but not as meaty. But if you planned to resale them you would loose money big time. I have a good market for cockerels here but always loose money. About the most I can get out of a cockerel is about $7 for a butcher sized bird. Not to mention you have months of care included plus the feed costs. I don't raise birds for meat but always have left over boys so it's nice to have an outlet for those extra chicks. Many of hatcheries throw left over males in a grinder and they are processed into feed. Sad!
I'm with Trish here. I have spent 10s and 10s of thousands on quality birds and then you spend so much on building materials and feed and other maintenance. I sell my chicks well below market price for their quality but people who buy a $3 chick at orcheln's or some place don't tend to understand the difference in the quality of birds. Even if I spend $50 a chick with shipping for say 6 chicks, Or about $300 in example, I may end up with only one usable pullet to breed with. I sell my culls way cheaper than I ever paid for them and often have to buy even more quality birds to get just one or two more. I could just breed all I get but it is important to breed the right traits, and end up with healthier, heartier, and more show worthy birds.
Ralph I see that about once a year. Some people go pick up birds by the hundreds and then resell them on the cheap. Most are sex link birds that are well spent by 18 months. Up until that time they tend to lay every day. I imagine they had fall chicks they raised to be laying age by spring. Once they start decreasing in their laying they aren't profitable any longer and start to cost for maintenance. Grabbing a couple of those would be fine for a person who wanted a couple of hens that would still give them some eggs for another year or so. But not for a pet.
I've got a hatch going on today and need to get a place set up for the new chicks. I also need to bring in another incubator so I can add some more eggs to hatch. Things are sure crazy this time of year for sure.
So much for the idea of breaking a broody hen by placing her on wire. Last year I had a hen go broody on top of a wire pen. She sat there for weeks even without eggs. Now I have a hen who has gone broody on a roost in the coop, of all places. I thought so a couple of days ago when I was in collecting eggs and she gave the classic broody screech. Today she is still sitting in the exact same place and still screeching at me for daring to look at her. Sigh. No way is she getting eggs or chicks up there. She should know better. She goes broody at least 3x every year.
I was out working on trying to build a run to go on my chicken coop today. I got the frame built (minus the diagonal supports, which my DH did not pre-cut for me, and I refuse to use power tools myself). I also got the cattle panel on it. I went to go get the chicken wire to put on and discovered a surprise. Anybody see what I see? Look right directly in the middle of that 8' wide roll of chicken wire... Crazy birds!
ETA: It's a good thing I was planning on using that wire today. Otherwise, I might've been kind of upset!
Edited by lizzyGSR - 3/26/16 at 12:11pm
I doubt she's laying yet but that won't keep a cockerel or rooster from breeding them. Boys will be boys.