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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by tadandrita, Aug 29, 2011.

  1. tadandrita

    tadandrita In the Brooder

    Apr 3, 2011
    Last edited: Aug 31, 2011
  2. leadwolf1

    leadwolf1 Songster

    May 1, 2011
    You need to do what is best for your birds! Go with what makes you feel best. Do you know if he has permission from his landlord to have the chickens? That would really worry me...and the fact that he may not have the money to care for them correctly. Good luck! Do what you feel is best.
  3. shober

    shober Songster

    Aug 8, 2011
    Just tell him that you thought it over and are very sorry, but feel that with no steady income and it being a rental property it might not be a good idea. [​IMG] The landlord might not like it and you just want what is best for the chickens and that they have a good steady home! Good luck!
  4. debid

    debid Crowing

    Jan 20, 2011
    middle TN
    If you want to back out on the deal, put it squarely on yourself. Say you changed your mind and aren't selling at this time. What I would not do is to tell him that he's not good enough to buy your chicks. That only causes hurt feelings and gives him something to argue with you about.
  5. nurse_turtle

    nurse_turtle Songster

    May 28, 2011
    Foothills of NC
    Just lie. Tell him your parents or sister or whatever wants them instead. Tell him they came down with a case of _______ (fill in the blank) and they have to be treated with some really expensive something-or-other for the next 4 weeks. Just make something up. Trust your intuition.[​IMG]
  6. Eris

    Eris Chirping

    Aug 15, 2011
    El Paso, Texas
    I've heard of making people sign contracts when they buy from them. An example of a part of the contract would be- if he is unable to care for the animals then he can not sell them, that he has to return them to you.

    I wouldn't worry too much about renting. Or at least I wouldn't hold that against him. You could also make him show a letter from his landlord stating chickens are approved on the property.

    The steady income is worrisome though. That's your call.
  7. Alexis

    Alexis Songster

    Jan 28, 2008
    Philomath, Oregon
    I know plenty of people with no steady income (me) who take darn good care of their chickens. I also know several people who rent (my other chicken loving friend) and her landlord loves it that she keeps chickens on the property. You never really can judge a book by it's intro [​IMG]
    If this person is in your poultry swap group, then I highly recommend not lying to him. If you lie - then you have to remember things. And if you mess that up, then who knows how far that would go in your poultry group. If I were you - I'd go do a little more investigating on that gut feeling you're having (whatever it may be) because there's a lot to be said for intuition. There's NOTHING wrong with saying you're really picky about where your "babies" go - and you'd like to know what kind of accommodations they will have. Always give the other person an easy out if you think they may be unable to care for them - like Eris suggested, let him know the chicks can come back home if the situation changes.

    Best of luck to ya! [​IMG]
  8. Ole rooster

    Ole rooster Songster

    Jun 25, 2011
    Milner, Georgia
    Good gracious folks, what's wrong with the truth? The seller doesn't feel as though this gentleman has the means nor income to properly care for the chickens. Folks do the same the dogs and horses all the time. Why would it be any different with the chickens? Go look at the facilities he has available and just see what his abilities are.

    The truth is always the way to go. Whether it hurts or not, never lie. that's hurts you and your character.
  9. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

    Aug 13, 2007
    North/Central Florida
    Sounds to me like breeding and selling chicks may not be the thing for you.
  10. Cadillac Jill

    Cadillac Jill In the Brooder

    Nov 5, 2010
    I guess I'm just seeing this differently. I know that a lot of folks around here have started trying to garden and raise backyard flocks and so forth because they don't have steady incomes. Unless we're talking about show birds or exotics, I don't understand why this would be a problem. The economy has hit a lot of people hard. It doesn't mean they're irresponsible.

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