This is my 3rd year raising chickens and each year I've had to start over for one reason or the other with my flock. By the end of this summer I hope to be set up with silver cuckoo marans, welsummers, Japanese pheonix, and if I'm lucky, BBS Orpingtons. What I'm wondering is if it is worth it financially to really try to breed these chicken and work to get the very best to sell the eggs and baby chicks, or should I look at it as more of a hobby and be more relaxed because if I get to into it I'll spend more money than it is worth. I'm a stay at home mom and I home school my 4 children, so a second income, even if it is small will help. What I don't need is to create a money pit out of an enjoyable hobby. All together I have room for maybe 20-30 breeding chickens. I can occasionally free range them in fall and winter, but in the summer they eat my garden and my berries. So what is your experience? If you've tried breeding a good line of chickens and selling them did you make a profit?