Starting a layer farm

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Fstmkt, Jan 21, 2015.

  1. Fstmkt

    Fstmkt New Egg

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    I am interested in starting a layer farm, but have very little experience...can someone recommend a consultant that can walk me through the process? Thanks.
     
  2. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    You should check out out learning center. There is tons of info there that can help get you started.

    Good luck!
     
  3. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to our flock. I don't personally know any consultants to walk you through the process, but you might want to check out the article by Wendy Bedwell-Wilson at http://www.hobbyfarms.com/farm-marketing-and-management/how-to-start-egg-business.aspx on How to Start a Successful Egg Business That Makes You Money. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck in getting your layer farm started.
     
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Welcome to the flock
     
  5. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Definitely stop by our learning center. Lots of good articles on all the aspects of keeping poultry...https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center

    Good luck with this new venture you are starting and feel free to ask any questions you may have along the way. Welcome to our flock!
     
  6. dheltzel

    dheltzel Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    There are lots of resources to help you with this, check with your county ag extension office or the ag department at your state university. IMO, this is not an easy business to get started in, even if you have a lot of experience. Be prepared for some pretty grim assessments of the feasibility and economics of your endeavor. Joining the big guys with a new factory farm is going to be tough. Going small is not easy either, you need to scale up to get any positive cash flow.

    I do this as hobby and expect to lose money, obviously you can't be so cavalier about the money side of things.
     
  7. matt44644

    matt44644 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  8. Fstmkt

    Fstmkt New Egg

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    Thanks for the information. My plans are to do a free range organic layer farm.
     
  9. BayBay Peepers

    BayBay Peepers Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    You could try a local thread. If you go under where am I where are you, you should be able to find it. Maybe someone will know a consultant in your area or have advice based on your location.
     
  10. dheltzel

    dheltzel Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    That changes things a lot. "commercial" consultants and universities are going to be of limited help. I bet there are books you could read. Also, checkout the website for Whitmore Farm in Thurmont MD. They do some of what you are planning. They offer internships too, if that has any appeal for you.
     

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