Are auctions good places to sell chickens?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Willow's Meadow, Sep 20, 2010.

  1. Willow's Meadow

    Willow's Meadow Chillin' With My Peeps

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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. Pequena Bandada

    Pequena Bandada Small Flock

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    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.
     
  3. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    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.
     
  4. write2caroline

    write2caroline Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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
     
  5. sheila3935

    sheila3935 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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.
     
  6. greyhorsewoman

    greyhorsewoman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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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