Breeders/Sellers, Why Are You Stopping?

Discussion in 'Chicken Breeders & Hatcheries' started by PepsNick, Jun 1, 2011.

  1. PepsNick

    PepsNick Back to Business

    May 9, 2010
    Egglanta, GA
    In the past few months I have noticed a great deal of breeders/sellers stopping selling hatching eggs or chicks, just doing it for themselves now. Whether it's because of shipped hatch rates, effort/time, or whatever the reason is. Why are you stopping? I know that some members such as Joletabey, justuschickens59, allaboutdemchickens, and Katy are a few that I can think of off of my head.

    Can I hear some examples? Are you going to start again? I would like to know so I don't keep bothering people that have stopped about eggs/chicks.


  2. Cuban Longtails

    Cuban Longtails Flock Mistress

    Sep 20, 2007
    Northeast Texas
    A lot of breeders will stop due to needing to build their own numbers up to have better stock next year, culling in order to breed towards the breed standards.

    Some become discouraged by negativity given by buyers about things beyond the seller's control.

    Others become discouraged at buyers who let their stock die off, or sell off to start with some other breed, or do not help in continuing a breed.

    Summer is approaching, and thus the end of the egglaying season until the fall temperatures cool things off.

    Warmer temperatures also make it difficult to ship live chicks, started birds, adults, and eggs. They generally will not survive the trip.

    That's all I can think of at the moment.
  3. PepsNick

    PepsNick Back to Business

    May 9, 2010
    Egglanta, GA
    I wasn't referring to seasonal things, I was referring to permanent ending.

    Allaboutdemchickens is only stopping for awhile, though. She is hatching for herself to build her stock up as you mentioned. Yeah, it's a typical thing.
    Last edited: Jun 3, 2011
  4. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I'm basically stopping because I'm tired of people having poor hatch rates with my shipped eggs when the eggs here at home are hatching well. I realize that there are probably incubation variables involved too, but I blame most of it on the handling they recieve when shipped.
  5. pips&peeps

    pips&peeps There is no "I" in Ameraucana

    Jan 18, 2008
    Newman Lake, WA
    Quote:Because you can't make money selling good birds. The cost of gas and feed is rising and most people don't want to deal with the public.
  6. Medicine Man

    Medicine Man Songster

    Nov 21, 2010
    Apple Hill
    because nearly nobody is qualified to own my stock. they are zoological specimens, not filthy farm birds.
  7. KristyAz

    KristyAz Songster

    Jan 29, 2011
    Mishawaka, Indiana
    Quote:What do you have? I'd love to see them. [​IMG]
  8. Medicine Man

    Medicine Man Songster

    Nov 21, 2010
    Apple Hill
    Black Penedesencas, BC & Cuckoo Marans, NA Quechua and an Olive Egger project that I can *almost* say is true-breeding. [​IMG]
  9. catwalk

    catwalk Songster

    May 19, 2009
    I want people to be happy with the birds they get from me, and I can't tell by looking at an egg if the bird it will produce is worthy of my name. I am working at breeding out the wrong color leg, breeding in the right color feathers, and figuring out which of my breeders makes the best stock. If someone gets my eggs/ chicks, and they get something really substandard, they will sell it with my name on it. EEEKKKK!
  10. onthespot

    onthespot Deluxe Dozens

    Mar 29, 2008
    Riverside/Norco, CA
    I too want people to be happy. I am trying to hatch as many as I can, and selling only well started pullets, roos for free to people who want to breed. It seems to be working well so far. I will be moving to the Virgin Islands at the end of the year, and I want to hatch and have control of as many of my stock this year, so I can cherry pick my own birds to place with people who will then send me eggs to hatch next year.

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