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What is the best age to sell chickens at?

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I am buying assorted Standard Cochin chicks from Privett this spring. After they mature I am wanting to sell their offspring at local swaps. What is the best age (considering profit alone) to sell chickens at? Day old chicks? Feathered out chicks? Adult? Somewhere in the middle?

 

Thanks in advance

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There's little to no profit on doing chickens.  We all tend to do it for the love of the hobby.

 

As for selling age, brooded out chicks, say at 7 weeks, makes it easy for the new owner.  No more brooding.  The next best time is at or near point of lay.  When you figure all your true costs, electricity, bedding, feed and all the time you've put into their care, it is almost impossible to see where this is a profitable use of one's time.

 

Is it fun?  Sure is!!!

 

 

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Haha as long as I can keep my feed bill down and bring some cash home to the wife after a swap I will be happy. She doesn't need to know ALL of my overhead. Lol
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There is a limited market for breeding hatchery quality chicks.  Better stock produces more interest and generates higher prices as well.  If you just want to sell at local swaps, the hatchery grade is likely plenty good enough.  Have you considered getting high quality, breeder quality stock and breeding a top notch bird?  That too is alot of fun.

 

We have both here.  We enjoy both the high output of a top egg layer, but also the challenge of keeping and breeding top quality stock.  It's very satisfying.

 

 

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Yeah I have thought about higher quality cochins, but Its quite a bit more of an investment. Plus I did try a show quality pair of light Brahmas and time after time buyers would buy the $2 mutts instead of my $4 pure Brahmas which were even older. If I had the time to go to better swaps I could probably make it work. Do you know of any good Cochin breeders?
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Sounds like you know your local swap market pretty well.

 

 

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I'd offer day old chicks at the swap meet. The cute factor is huge! Plus, you can sell straight run as they're too young to be sexed.

 

My next big sell points would be at six weeks, as Fred pointed out they're done with the heat lamp, etc. You could just offer them from then on, the next big milestone would be 5-6 months for point of lay, although cochins may not lay that early.

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