sellin eggs

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by thesteven, Apr 25, 2009.

  1. thesteven

    thesteven In the Brooder

    Apr 25, 2009
    have no job,so wanting to sell some eggs over the summer. is it worth it wih the cost of feed. also whats the best layers

    so all the chicken masters lend my ya knowlwdge please
  2. b.hromada

    b.hromada Flock Mistress

    I'm not sure of the best layer. There are others on here who will tell you that. By the way, [​IMG] and [​IMG] from S. Florida.
  3. farmerlor

    farmerlor Songster

    Well, it depends I guess. If you have a lot of room where the chickens can free range they won't cost quite so much in feed. If you could find a source who would mix the feed for you and sell it to you in bulk quantities you could cut that feed bill still further. If you don't have to set up a bunch of housing and fencing you're ahead on your overhead costs and if you've already got the chickens so you don't have to buy them again lower overhead. Then there's the cartons to put the eggs in and advertising if any...You won't get rich but you might make a modest profit.
  4. farmerlor

    farmerlor Songster

    The best layers seem to be the production reds and blacks though they generally have a shorter life span or so I'm told. Rhode Island Reds are a good one, I like the Buff Orps myself and everyone will have a different opinion on that one.
  5. Cats Critters

    Cats Critters Completely Indecisive

  6. chickenlittle32

    chickenlittle32 Songster

    Apr 19, 2009
    Rayne Louisiana
    Sex links are good layers as well. Doesn't cost alot to feed em either.
  7. thesteven

    thesteven In the Brooder

    Apr 25, 2009
    thanx to all and for the welcomes. actually have em free ranging and some in a 30x330 run, have regual RIR and some sexlink. thank you for ste,Cats Critters. ye not wanting riches, wanting date money,gas, and to give familly reason to understans mt obsession
  8. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    [​IMG] It's difficult to say what you should get for breeds. If you asked a lot different people you would probably get many different answers. Some may agree on the breeds. Also do you want dual purpose or just good egg layers. Here is a great reference book, Gail Damerow's 'Storey's Guide to Chickens' is an excellent resource, as well as this web site which is an excellent source of information.

    Selling eggs is not really profitable. After the costs of getting your birds and everything you need for them, you'll have to sell a lot of eggs. The more chickens the more costly. It will take quite awhile to recoup your costs. I realize that some people can cut their costs in many ways, but there are still going to be some costs. If you are one of the lucky ones who has most everything then maybe.

    These sites are especially helpful in selecting breeds.
    Henderson's Chicken Breed Chart

    Also here are some other good sites and info and more good links.
    Last edited: Apr 26, 2009
  9. CARS

    CARS Songster

    Quote:Well, here's another [​IMG]

    You didn't state how many and how old you have? If they are chicks or juveniles, keep in mind it will be 20 something weeks before you see eggs and longer than that for consistency.

    I sell my eggs and make enough to pay for the feed. I think the only real profitable way to make money on eggs is to put Leghorn hens in a cage and only feed them per their weight. Production style. But geez, that kinda takes the fun out of chickens don't it?
  10. thesteven

    thesteven In the Brooder

    Apr 25, 2009
    8 sexlink 17 weeks,about to lay, 8 4 week RIR, 1 barred rock, shes laying but havn't set a stable nes yet, going tomorrow to get some leghorns-cornish cross and maby some easter eaggers, yea its a hobby, not an operation.

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