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Are auctions good places to sell chickens?

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I am thinking of selling/giving away 4-5 of my chickens as I have 17 and really only wanted 12. Are auctions good places to sell them? How does it work? Do they usually sell? How much would I sell them for or should I just give them away? I'm planning on taking 4 of my 14 week old buff orpington pullets and my 14 week old Light Brahma Cockeral.

2 german shepherds, a beautiful, amazing 4 yr. old Paint horse named Miss Priss, 1 cat and 7 buff orpington pullets, 5 brahma pullets and 1 brahma cockeral!!!!! RIP my dear mini lop rabbit Shimmy......we will never forget you girl. You will always be in our hearts.

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2 german shepherds, a beautiful, amazing 4 yr. old Paint horse named Miss Priss, 1 cat and 7 buff orpington pullets, 5 brahma pullets and 1 brahma cockeral!!!!! RIP my dear mini lop rabbit Shimmy......we will never forget you girl. You will always be in our hearts.

Happy are those who dream dreams and do whatever it takes to make them come true. I LOVE MY HORSE!
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post #2 of 6

Auctions might be more work than you need since you're not selling rare breeds... how about Craigslist? In my area, a 14 week old pullet would sell for somewhere between $10 - $20 and a rooster for about half of that.

Wife to one, mom to two, and chicken mom to 12.
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Wife to one, mom to two, and chicken mom to 12.
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I take my excess roos and pullets that I don't want to keep for my breeding flocks to a local poultry auction.  There's no guarentee what price you will get for them....sometimes it's decent sometimes not, but I always feel like no matter the price I get, at least I'm not having to feed them anymore.

I'm a Farmer/Rancher  Wife,Mom & Grandma  No Farms, No food. 
If you want house chickens and ducks in diapers then this is the forum for you.
I've got 50+ years of poultry experience, but this 'poultry' forum isn't for me anymore.
If you're going to complain about farmers, don't do it with a full belly or a mouthful.
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I'm a Farmer/Rancher  Wife,Mom & Grandma  No Farms, No food. 
If you want house chickens and ducks in diapers then this is the forum for you.
I've got 50+ years of poultry experience, but this 'poultry' forum isn't for me anymore.
If you're going to complain about farmers, don't do it with a full belly or a mouthful.
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post #4 of 6

Yes, auctions are a great place to sell poultry, but you have no control who buys them or for what purpose.  You cannot expect buyers at an auction to be looking for pets.  Sometimes people have a hard time with that when they go to auction and hope their babies will continue to be pets.  Most people look at poultry as livestock.  Just so you go into it prepared.

There is nothing wrong with auctioning off your flock for meat.   - It has to get to the market from somewhere.

Good luck and I hope you get a good price on your chickens
Caroline

A Californian transplant living in the Southeast....Wondering how the heck did I end up here.  Married to Andy, Mom to two great kids and Keeper of Cats, Dogs and3 roosters. and 11 biddies.

 Photo is of my grandmother in Washington State when she was three years old. Very early 1900's

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A Californian transplant living in the Southeast....Wondering how the heck did I end up here.  Married to Andy, Mom to two great kids and Keeper of Cats, Dogs and3 roosters. and 11 biddies.

 Photo is of my grandmother in Washington State when she was three years old. Very early 1900's

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post #5 of 6

try Craigslist first. I have rehomed 7 roos this way this year and all went to good homes also got some great chicks and ducks from craigslist. Im not real fond of auctions. Dont like the way the workers handle them and if they were mine I probably would go off on someone handling mine that way.

1 wonderful hubby  5 children,7 grandkids ,2 grandogs, 4 dogs, 39 chickens

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1 wonderful hubby  5 children,7 grandkids ,2 grandogs, 4 dogs, 39 chickens

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post #6 of 6

Livestock auctions are not created equal.  If you have one or more local to you, visit them first.  We have one I frequently use to sell off excess chickens .. the other one I won't step foot inside of.

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