I have been raising poultry for 10 years now. I'm don't know everything, but most consider me to be an expert of sorts. I have been brooding over the idea of starting a hatchery. Starting small scale(300 egg incubator or two) and working up from their. Poultry is my passion and I'd love it if I could make a living from it some day. I probably won't ever get into it as big as the multi-million dollar big guys experting 100's of thousands of chicks each year, but I like to think optimistically and see it go somewhere, someday. So, my game plan(not quite a buisiness plan, but close): Incubator(s): I will probably be using a homemade cabinet model for the first year of buisiness. I am pretty good at building them by now and have the whole winter to get it up and running. It will be ideally a 300 egg capacity with autoturners, thermonmeter/hygrometer, and all the bells/whistles I can afford for it. I've calculated this cost at about half that of buying a sportsman model bator and believe it will be a good starting place. Breeds/Breeders: Since I have a lack of space and funds I will be recruiting breeders to supply and ship my eggs to my hatchery. I have a form already prepared with questions and different things the breeders have to fill out. It can be viewed below. Whatcha think needs added? https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dGEwRW5Vb3pYc3l4M1ZPUy1ZXzR4dlE6MQ&ifq I plan to start with 10-20 breeds of chickens and ducks. I'm planning on the more popular breeds that are most commonly raised. I also want to avaoid selling hatchery strain birds and focus on heritage or show birds. I want to encourage quality poultry. Orders: My minimum order will be 3 as many hatcheries offer. It will be much simpler and easier to process smaller orders and hatch eggs to meet the demand. I may set a maximum order, too if things come to it. People will be able to order with an order form at an webstore type set up on my website. The orders will be scheduled according to availability, incubator space, and when they ordered. Prices: Prices will depend on the chicks and the egg prices. I'm hoping that I can recruit breeders who are willing to sell eggs for $2.00ea or so and use a shipping method I choose, and then I will be able to charge a flat fee for all chicks. The Chicks: The chicks will be processed just as any other hatchery and will probably have to be straight run only, until I get better at vent sexing. Shipping: I plan to use the USPS to ship my chicks. They will be shipped with a heatpack for smaller orders in a USPS approved shipping box. I will only be shipping on Monday-Wednesday to ensure delivery before the weekend. That means i'll be scheduling hatches to coinside with these days. These are the basics of my plan. Any advice, critiques, praises are all appriciated.