Anybody having hard time selling chicks?

Discussion in 'Buy Sell Auction - Archives' started by beak, Mar 19, 2009.

  1. beak

    beak On vacation

    Dec 12, 2008
    Kiowa, Colorado
    Last year we ordered 25 chicks for ourselves. They sent us 53. So we put the extras on Craigslist for 5$ each. They were all pullets but mixed breed. We sold the in a few days. So we ordered more. Sold them. We sold a total of 200 over 6 weeks. A lot of people wanted RIR's and EE's.So this year we ordered 50 of each. The EE's are 5 weeks old and the RIR's are 4 weeks old. We sold about 10 of each. The feed stores are selling them at cost and there are bunches of people selling them on Craigslist. It's like all the sudden everyone thinks they're the money maker of the year. Now we're stuck with about 70 chickens that keep growing and eating. I don't want to make them into meat chickens. I would rather buy a meat selection for 1.00 ea. the RIR's were 2.60 ea with shipping and the ee's were 3.10 ea with shipping. Anyone else having the same problem?
     
  2. youdontknow32

    youdontknow32 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 29, 2008
    South Western PA
    Yea, it's sicking, people want to pay us $1 a bird, and they are under a year old, but almost a year old...and they are full grown....$1......
     
  3. Dread Pirate Roberts

    Dread Pirate Roberts Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 20, 2009
    NorCal
    I raised my hatchery excesses up to 6 weeks and then sold 'em for $20 each.
     
  4. youdontknow32

    youdontknow32 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 29, 2008
    South Western PA
    Wow...that is crazy...we do not get that, and we did not get our birds from a hatchery either....we charge $10 for hens that are 10 months old.
     
  5. GardeNerd

    GardeNerd Chillin' With My Peeps

    Could it be the timing? Was it at a different time in the year last time?

    I put an ad up on craigslist and here for anyone wanting to share an order back in January. I had more ordered than I could handle by the end. We did end up with a bunch of extras due to a reshipment of the ones that didn't make it. Lots of folks around here wanted the extras, 4 weeks ago when I listed them. I just had two baby chicks from a hatch and I had a hard time giving them away. I also only had a couple of responses for my 4 week old pullets that I wanted to "rehome" because I had too many. That's what made me think maybe it was a timing thing. Earlier was easier.
     
  6. jason britton

    jason britton Out Of The Brooder

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    we raise until 18 weeks then sell for $20 ours are friendly and healthy we are in alabama
     
  7. beak

    beak On vacation

    Dec 12, 2008
    Kiowa, Colorado
    We listed them when they were 3 days old. About 4 weeks ago. We live in the boonies. I think we'll just wait till they start laying and sell them for 15 or so.
     
  8. youdontknow32

    youdontknow32 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 29, 2008
    South Western PA
    ..wow, well we have people call and tell us they can get birds for nothing at the auction, so why should they pay us for our birds....it is crazy.
     
  9. Dread Pirate Roberts

    Dread Pirate Roberts Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 20, 2009
    NorCal
    Quote:I get that sort of tomfoolery as well, but for every one of those, I have four, five or more people who are just thrilled to have found 6-week pullets available at any price.
     
  10. youdontknow32

    youdontknow32 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 29, 2008
    South Western PA
    oh yea same here!
     

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