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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by EM Squared Farms, Aug 15, 2011.

  1. EM Squared Farms

    EM Squared Farms Chirping

    Aug 15, 2011
    Ft. Pierce, FL
    Hi Everyone on Back Yard Chickens ! We've finally joined on here. We started raising chickens about 2 Easters ago. It all started when we saw some cute little yellow chickies at the feed store and had just visited 2 peoples' homes that had chickens as field trips for our 2 home-schooled boys...
    Now, we have over 100 chickens ! Luckily, our 2 sons manage everything to do with the chickens.
    We have a website if anyone would like to check out our farm !

    Look forward to chatting with you on this forum.

    Our first and foremost interest would be how to sell all these chickens we've hatched this year (111 chickies) ?!
    We've tried online in classified ads under livestock.
    We've also tried at a swap and sale.

    We're considering trying to sell some chickens at chicken shows ?
    And also, trying to get in at a breeders' chicken sale.

    We heard about livestock auctions, but are pretty hesitant about that avenue.

    What has worked for you guys?


    p.s. I imagine as chicken farmers, we are all in the same boat !

  2. 5LadyHens

    5LadyHens In the Brooder

    Aug 11, 2011
    Stinson Beach, CA

    Hello Lisa and family! 111 chicks? WOW! Your boys must have their hands full. I thought I
    was brave having 5 hens. [​IMG] I'm sure you'll get some great ideas at BYC on how to
    successfully reduce your flock. Lisa
  3. Cats Critters

    Cats Critters Completely Indecisive

    [​IMG] from NW PA! [​IMG]
  4. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    [​IMG] from Kansas, EM Squared! Wow! [​IMG] That's a boatload of chickens! I like that you have the boys handling the chicken chores - that's great for building responsibility! [​IMG] Enjoy the forums and all those birds!!
  5. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I hatch a lot of chicks every year, altho not as many in the past, and I sell my culls at the local poultry auction.
  6. greymane

    greymane Songster

    Jun 2, 2011
    Snyder County, PA
    [​IMG] from the Finger Lakes of New York! Wow, that is a ton of chickens! Most people here sell at small animal auctions, but I don't know what you have available in your area. Craigslist is also a common tool. Sometimes, word of mouth works best. If you can find people on here from your area, that might be the best bet. I would look in the Social section under "Where Am I? Where Are You?"

    Best of luck and welcome to the fun!
  7. EM Squared Farms

    EM Squared Farms Chirping

    Aug 15, 2011
    Ft. Pierce, FL
    Thank you guys for the Warm Welcome !

    Can you tell me a little more about the poultry auctions ? I have heard all sorts of things about them.

    I think for next year we won't be so ambitious ! It all started when we were trying to do it the natural way - letting the hens sit on them. But the ants are so terrible here. They would just go and attack the baby chicks. They didn't have a chance. Plus my son did help out a few of them too early. Now in hindsight, we didn't realize how much a little newly hatched chick sleeps and can't defend itself. So, April 1st, we bought an incubator and he brought in so many eggs. I tried to set a limit on the # of eggs per breed. He had 5 breeds, so we kept it from about 30 (down to 20 near the end) per breed. He wants to show his chickens so we thought it would be good number to select the best of the chickies. Now it appears it's more difficult to sell them. Not everyone loves chickens as much as he does !

    So, now we are exploring other options to sell his chickens (since we don't want to kill any of his pets). We did set limits on only 10 chickens per breed for showing/breeding. We'll see if we let him breed any more. So far on the list are just black (my younger son's 4 chickens) and splash silkies (my 7 chickens).

    He was so excited to win 3 trophies and lots of ribbons at the county fair this past Feb with 4H. So, it's been a good experience for him.

    Thanks everyone and look forward to chatting with you some more !


  8. texasgal

    texasgal Brood with an Attitude

    Apr 18, 2009
    A big Texas-sized [​IMG]


  9. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Crowing

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from Ohio. So glad you glad. Good luck on finding homes. That is why I don't hatch more than what I have orders for. [​IMG]
  10. weimarmama

    weimarmama Crowing

    Jun 4, 2010
    My Coop
    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Glad you joined us.

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