Ordering Extra Chicks To Sell? Nevermind.

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by dianaross77, Mar 1, 2011.

  1. dianaross77

    dianaross77 Songster

    Oct 10, 2010
    Grand Blanc, MI
    I want to start a small laying flock. I am thinking I'd like Black Austrolorps. I looked into ordering 6 chicks (mypetchicken) and when I looked into it, it's about the same price to order 25 as 6. If I ordered 25 then I'd have my pick! So, does anyone have experience in selling chicks? How easy was it? Is it a bad idea?

    I was thinking: (any suggestions are welcome)

    7 BA
    6 BR
    6 BO
    6 SS
    Last edited: Mar 1, 2011
  2. Pequena Bandada

    Pequena Bandada Small Flock

    Jun 13, 2010
    I've heard from a few friends here that selling chicks in the Spring is fairly difficult because everyone just goes to the feed store rather than deal with a stranger. Perhaps you could post an ad on Craigslist asking for people to join you in an order? That way all the chicks would be accounted for before you place the order.
  3. dianaross77

    dianaross77 Songster

    Oct 10, 2010
    Grand Blanc, MI
    Well, if I order now, it looks like they won't come until after Easter. By then the feed store chicks will be gone. But I don't know for sure.
    Last edited: Mar 1, 2011
  4. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

    Apr 15, 2009
    Feed stores frequently have multiple batches of chicks available from March through July. And meaties are generally available throughout the spring, summer and into fall.

    I wouldn't do it, myself. I don't believe there is enough of a market for privately sold, hatchery-quality chicks. If you had some breeder/show quality chicks then it might be a different story.

    Good luck with whatever you decide to do.
  5. Try running a Craigslist ad in your local area, offering to split an order of chicks. It's worked many times. Here's wishing you success.
  6. Crabella

    Crabella Songster

    Mar 22, 2010
    Inland Pacific NW
    Our feedstore will let you 'pre order' what you want and have it shipped in with theirs... just a thought
  7. dianaross77

    dianaross77 Songster

    Oct 10, 2010
    Grand Blanc, MI
    I could have piggy backed on tsc's order but they are getting theirs this week already. None of the stores I've ever been to ever get a second batch. I guess I'll just head to tsc this week and see what I can get. [​IMG] But even if they have austrolorps, I'm not risking it. I don't trust their "pullet" bins. I guess I'll just get sex-links.
  8. SLWyandotte

    SLWyandotte Chirping

    Feb 23, 2011
    Chatom, Alabama
    getting mine with the co-op's first batch. they order 450 every week. RIR & bared rock every week and a third breed that rotates every weeks. buff orps, EE, sl wyandottes, and austro. i think.
  9. I think it would depend on your location.I've had 2 different ppl ask me if I had any extra layers this year so far.You might would have to keep them until POL.
    To me selling any baby animals can be iffy because you never know when someone wants them.
  10. TigerLilly

    TigerLilly I failed Chicken Math

    Jul 18, 2010
    Central Florida
    I'm guessing you dont have any local breeders in your area, or you just cant get the ones you want locally?
    I've been fortunate in that area!

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