Advice on rehoming chickens

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  1. FurFeatherFriendsFarm

    FurFeatherFriendsFarm In the Brooder

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    We are very disappointed but have reached the point where we need to downsize our chicken flock. Would love any advice on how/where to find good homes for them. We have a variety of breeds and both roosters and hens that need rehomed. Thanks in advance
     
  2. Sing Brightly Bantams

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    What country are you located in? For residents of the United States, craigslist.org is a popular choice. Canadian residents frequently turn to kijiji.ca. If you do not want your chickens to potentially be used as food, you might want to pursue personal connections as a way to sell them instead. Printing out flyers and putting them up at feed or general store bulletin boards is another way to get the most eyes on your birds. Put effort into your ads, do not simply say that you have "chickens for sale." I have had the most success when I used buzzwords such as "free ranged," "heritage breeds," and "hand-raised." While I would rather present simply the facts in an advertisement, people respond to flash and glitter. Be truthful, but be descriptive. Include photographs, too; I cannot overstate the importance of a high-quality photograph in getting people to look at your ad.
     
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  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Excellent advice @Sing Brightly Bantams!!

    Welcome to BYC! @FurFeatherFriendsFarm and @Sing Brightly Bantams
    Where in this world are you located?
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  4. Acre4Me

    Acre4Me Crowing

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    We googled “livestock auction near me”. We found one that does a monthly auction and sold all we brought and left with cash in hand. Appears that different families purchased our chickens for small backyard flocks. You can also google: “chicken swaps”, “agriculture swaps” to get dome results.

    CL or FB marketplace are options, but I didn’t want to have to deal with meeting up with someone, just wanted to take them and sell them quickly.

    Our other option was a friend whose dad has a farm-he said he would take any chickens we didn’t want.

    We also thought about posting on the community board at the feed/garden/outdoor store nearby.

    Good luck.
     
  5. FurFeatherFriendsFarm

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    Thanks so much for the replies and advice. I hadn’t thought about ads at a feed store. I prefer for them not to be eaten as the hens are great layers and the roosters are very nice and pretty. I have asked around but haven’t found any personal connections that want them.
    Side note: I have updated the location in my profile. I am in southwestern Ohio.
     
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  6. Peppercorngal

    Peppercorngal Crowing

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    Use this forum! There is a section called "Re-Homing" in the "Buy-Sell-Trade" forum. I always look there just in case I can rescue a chicken in my area! Give it a try. Good Luck! :hugs
     
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  7. FurFeatherFriendsFarm

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    Thanks so much!!! However, I checked it out and unfortunately it looks like I cannot advertise on here as I have already advertised elsewhere. If I’m wrong on this let me know.
     
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  8. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Crowing

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    If you have good laying hens - put an add up at the feed store near the chicken feed. The roosters can be a bit more of a crapshoot. However, once they are no longer yours, you really have no say. Just let them go.
     
  9. Peppercorngal

    Peppercorngal Crowing

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    I don't know anything about that. Did you see it somewhere? If you were around me I would take your hens for sure! Good Luck! :hugs
     

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