The last three days sure haven't been fun. Trouble with things at school again, and I am just tired.
I finally got rid of the last of the cull cockerels tonight. So, funny story...
Okay, it really wasn't funny and I was really, let's say, angry when it was happening.
I posted those birds to CL, as I always do and actually have had them up there for a while. I was asking $8 each for the large breed and something like $5 for bantams. I know full well that at swaps, these same birds will sell for $15 each, so I am already being more than generous with my advertised price. YET, I get inquiries every time asking if I will take $3 or $4 each. Can you imagine how angry it might make a person such as myself to always have these people trying to get something I have had worked hard on and spent money on and just expect me to sell it to them for next to nothing? I actually lose money selling at my asking price, so it is insult. Okay, I don't meant to make this an angry rant.
So, I get this person asking my price for all of them. I tell them a price that included a discount for the whole lot. They try to barter me down another $30. No way, but I would come down $10 more and that was it. Well, then they don't answer, but had said they would come Wednesday. So yesterday, I hadn't heard from them and sent them a message. They replied that yes, they would take them and will be here at 2:00. Today, I looked at the weather and sent them a message, "If you can get here earlier, please let me know. It is supposed to storm this afternoon." So, it is close to 1:30 and I have to get my son from school. I get a message, "We are running a little late. Is 4:00 okay?" Two hours is a bit more than running a little late. Okay, I could do 4:00, so I said, okay, I have to run to town again at 3:30, but I should be back, no problem. I am finishing chores and it is getting to be 4:00. By this time the storms can be heard and it is sprinkling. I got chores all done and finished moving all the roosters out to cages instead of leaving any in pens where I would have to catch them and carry them out when they got here. It is after 4:00, so I send a text and ask if they are close, "Oh yes, just slow driving because of rain."
Wanna guess what time they showed up? 5:30!!!!!!!!!!!!! By this time, it was pouring. By this time, it was dark. By this time the birds were all soaked. By this time, I was furious.
Before they get here though, I see a car across the field that came up the road from the highway and it stopped at our neighbor's house and turned around... let's just skip the stupidity that happened then and say it took 5 minutes to explain that if they looked to the south, they would be looking right at my coops and they needed to go around the corner and into my driveway.
When they parked, I tried to keep my composure, but I got my original asking price and no less after having to wait and put up with all that because they were so rude.
Okay, the funny is that apparently, they must have thought they would travel at light speed to get here by 4:00, because it is clear that they left St. Paul at 4:00. It is exactly 1 hour from St. Paul to our house in most weather. It is incredible that people can be like that. If it were just being late, that is one thing, but under the conditions of the weather and the fact is was dark. Then again, perhaps they were thinking they were crossing into the next time zone?
Then as they are leaving, "They look like nice birds. Maybe we can get more again?" Yeah, if you can be here on time and you pay my full price, then maybe I will do business with you.
I just wanted to be rid of those birds and not feed them any more. Plus, I had to giggle a little. They hauled them back in their mini-van in cages. Those birds were soaked and had poop on them and I bet their van stinks to high heavens! LOL Good for them!
I was planning to keep this one gorgeous black cockerel, a black Easter Egger who just shined and was calm and would let me pick him up (which I rarely do, but he was just such a pretty boy and so calm). I went into the pen today, and that little a-hole came after me and dug into my leg and started flogging. After making it abundantly clear that I was not at all impressed with is display, he went home with those nice people for dinner. It isn't like I needed to keep any more roosters, so he won't be too missed. In the years I have had chickens and with the thousands I have had here, I have never had one do that to me.
I will have to take inventory again and see what I have left to pen up in the next few days. I know my feed bill just dropped significantly and I am happy about that.
Now it is time to give the brooder house a thorough cleaning and get it ready too for the next season, although, for that I still have a while. I still need to take care of some coops and hoops and poops. We are supposed to have a handful of good days left to get some of this done, so maybe I will be ready before it really gets ugly out. I have been known to be working in the chicken yard on Thanksgiving in my flannel lined jeans and Carhart coat and heavy duty gloves. I have also been known to be putting metal roofing on when we were getting 3" of slush. I think I hit my head on something along the way that i don't do this stuff when it is actually nice weather out.
Well, I hope that was enough reading for some of you. I gotta get to bed. I have a meeting with the principal in the morning.
I have been through your exact situation. One of the major downfalls of selling on Craigslist.
Earlier this year i sold a motorcycle on there. The kid came once to see it and then had to come back with a truck another day to pick it up. He was late, then first thing he does when he arrives is knocks the bike over on the gravel. But get this... Then he tries to haggle! Fat chance.
I've had many great experiences on CL too though. Most people are pretty nice as long as you don't screw with them (like being late)