Yeah i wouldn't feel comfortable selling hatching eggs or chicks, either. If I'm going to set it and hatch it I'm going to grow it out so i can select from it. Years and years down the road when I'm seeing consistency in my lines and know i can get what i need for the next breeding season without hatching every damn egg.... maaaaybe?I'm not into selling fertile eggs or chicks. Eggs for food and meat is where I will go. It falls in line with what we are doing on the farm. As far as the carcass goes, I'm looking at it from the standpoint of commercial birds. Dual purpose cannot compete with a cornishX; which is what most are used to seeing. Starting quality might not be that great as well. My market competition are raising cornish X and that's where I could provide something different while helping to improve our stock.
Kids are well... They do their chores with a few grumbles, but the love they provide is priceless.
If I were smart i'd just pasture cornishX, but there is more to life than money.
As a serious hobbyist i dread resorting to buying eggs and chicks as well. I really want a started pair or some older birds you don't need anymore, I'm not going to whine about the price! I know what it takes to get them to that point and it's TOTALY worth it.
Raising poultry for these purposes is a financially losing proposition for sure, but i figure it's cheaper than a bad drug habit.