Selling Chicken Laws In Conneticut

Discussion in 'Local Chicken Laws & Ordinances (and how to change' started by ryanschickens1, Mar 15, 2017.

  1. ryanschickens1

    ryanschickens1 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello. I have done plenty of research on chickens. My family has owned some in the past. I am only 13 years old and live in Conneticut. I was thinking about getting 10 chickens for about $2.80 each (about $28.3 total) from mypetchicken.com and raising them In my parents garage and in my chicken coop I own until they are old enough to lay eggs. The I would sell them for about $15 each primarily on social media ( the town I live in has a tag sale Facebook group I could sell them in) or I could make an Instagram. In total I would make around $100 profit. Is this legal and what permits do I need? Thanks for your input!
     
  2. dekel18042

    dekel18042 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Each municipality has its own laws so you would need to check with your local government to see what is allowed in your area.
    That said, if you're hoping to make $100.00 that would be ten dollars profit each chick. Please run your numbers carefully.
    If you buy from My Pet Chicken (and I have) shipping is about $40.00 per order which averages out to four dollars per check. You might want to check around and see if you could order more and split the cost with someone as you can often ship more for the same postage. Then do you have feeders and waterers? You might need electrolytes and feed. A brooder and a source of heat, a lamp or electronic plate And straw or pine chips for bedding. Depending on the breed most pullets beginning laying around the six month mark, some maybe a bit earlier.
    You might keep your costs down a bit if you could purchase day olds locally (a feed store for example) that wouldn't need shipping.
    While it may be something interesting for you to do, I'm not sure the profit margin is there for the numbers you're quoting.
    If you live anywhere there is a 4-H you may want to check into it to see if they have a poultry project which would help you, both with the hands on, even a source, and with record keeping.
    Good luck.
     
  3. ryanschickens1

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    Thanks! I've raised chicks before so I have a lot of the stuff. I'm in it for the "buisness expirence" more than the money. A lot of the supplies are one times costs and I will eventually get the money back over years of doing it, but this isn't a big concern of mine right now.
     
  4. jake and pippa

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    Ryan, we raise pastured poultry in New York State. If your family has raised chickens in the past I'm sure you have town permission to raise chickens on your property. In my area at least many people do exactly what you are talking about. They get chicks raise them until they are laying or almost all enough to lay and then sell them for $15 each. I am sure they are doing it to make money so I guess it's profitable. You don't have to sell six birds at a time because they are older, and a lot of people want layers. You might consider raising chicks that lay interesting colored eggs as well as chicks that that will lay many eggs. Some people look for hens that lay dark brown or blue eggs.

    Good luck
     
  5. jake and pippa

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    I think from a business point of view you'll do better financially if you keep adults and breed your own chicks. I don't know if you have the set up for that. I think the first thing is to decide what the market is in your town. What kind of chickens are people looking for.

    Also, in my town at least, farmers use local farming Facebook pages to sell their birds and other farm related things. It's a more focused group then just craigslist for example. If there is a farm swap Facebook group in your area, that would be a great place to market.
     
  6. jake and pippa

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    I encourage you. I think it is in general a good idea. There are many people that want hens for eggs but are not set up to raise chicks. They don't know how to take care of them, and they die. You and I know it is not difficult to raise chicks but not everybody is prepared to do that.
     
  7. jake and pippa

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    Dekel,

    At least in my area, buying chicks from local farmers is no cheaper. You have to pay at least five dollars a chick but there's no shipping charge. You can buy inexpensive chicks at tractor supply and similar stores, but you have very limited choices of breed.
     
  8. ryanschickens1

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    Hey! I think I will sell them through friends and my parents friends and maybe through Instagram or something. I think with technologicaly advanced world we live in it is important to learn how to run a buisnesss on social media. Thanks for your input!
     

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