Making a profit from a small scale chicken business- Is it possible?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by CreativeCowgirl, Dec 12, 2012.

  1. CreativeCowgirl

    CreativeCowgirl Out Of The Brooder

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    I love my chickens as just a hobby but I am also very business minded and wonder if I could turn my hobby into a small business. I know I certainly won't make millions, I just want to make a little side money from something I enjoy doing. What is the best way to do this? And more importantly, is it possible? I know most people here just sell eggs to help with feed costs, but I am hoping to do a bit more than that. Has anyone here done this? I have been looking into breeding heritage breeds on a small scale as a possibility, as well as selling eating eggs, hatching eggs, and plain mixed breed chicks from my existing flock for anyone wanting to start a backyard flock. Are there any other good ways to earn some money from chickens on a small scale?
     
  2. ImpulsiveFarmer

    ImpulsiveFarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    From everyone I talk to it's hard to make a profit with just a small scale breeding operations. I'm just starting out as well, but I also plan on selling meat birds to bring in some income as well.
     
  3. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    I'm going to be honest it's highly unlikely you will turn a good profit especially just from mutt chicks and eating eggs. The problem is almost anywhere will have plenty of competition for both. People rarely pay more for something that they can get elsewhere for much cheaper. If you got some good quality stock for breeding you might be able to turn some profit but the cost to get good quality birds and breeding pens can be quite expensive.
     
  4. Spangled

    Spangled Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No. Ha. That's just my opinion. There are business endeavors that have a better time/profit ratio. Way too much time has to be spent on chickens for it to be profitable in many cases. IMHO. Unless you go ultra niche. Maybe something like soy-free (and grass ranged) eggs or meat and sell them for what they're worth. You'd probably have to live near a metropolitan area that is big into Primal, Paleo, or Weston-Price.
     
  5. blondiebee181

    blondiebee181 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have thought about doing something similar when I retire....which will be forever as I am only 23....HAHAHA! You could try to market something more specific or exotic like Spangled reccomended all grass fed stuff. My parents do Paleo and my grandma, who hasn't been able to lose weight in like 30 years is dropping weight like crazy now! So proud of her....anyhoo offtopic...but it IS becoming a pretty popular diet. Also, you could try exotic breeds of birds or even like quails or heritage turkeys or Peafowl or Pheasant....idk just a thought.
     
  6. ChickensRDinos

    ChickensRDinos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think you might be able to break even but you would need to be willing to pay for an initial investment, dedicate time to it and stop thinking about your chickens as fun pets that you are in love with. You need to research what you are realistically able to sell at what prices in your local market. What will people buy? What are the rules? Eggs, meat, or birds? The three routes are so different you should probably start with one. Plan really well.

    Any of the three options you are going to have to do a lot of work and be willing to do a lot of culling. I see a lot of people on this site wanting to make money and asking how to turn their expensive hobby into a business but then very upset when people suggest they cull unproductive birds. "I would never do that. I love my birds." Well...I think its business or its pets. It's hard to be both.
     
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  7. mississippifarmboy

    mississippifarmboy collects slightly damaged strays Premium Member

    All you need to make a little money raising chickens is a lot of money.


    Sad but true.

    Your best bet would be to buy the best breeds for your area and find a niche market near you like others here suggested.
    I've raised almost every kind of animal you can think of, from chickens to cougars. This past year I did finally turn a small profit on the chickens, but it is very little if you figure in my time. If I was going to do it just for the money I'd raise reptiles or ducks.
     
  8. CreativeCowgirl

    CreativeCowgirl Out Of The Brooder

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    I was thinking of trying to breed either langshans, campines, sultans, or some other rare breed. Do any of those sound like they would sell well? I'm not afraid to cull if necessary. Mississippifarmboy, do you think ducks would sell better? I think I would be open to ducks as well.
     
  9. Spangled

    Spangled Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Best truism ever.
     
  10. mississippifarmboy

    mississippifarmboy collects slightly damaged strays Premium Member

     

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