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What to do with extra roosters??

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by brezlynsmom, Mar 21, 2013.

  1. brezlynsmom

    brezlynsmom Out Of The Brooder

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    i am dabbling in incubating and selling chickens. Everyone wants just hens - what do I do with the extra roo's. I do have someone coming over the weekend for 25 barnyard mixed bantam roosters that are 6 months old- i sold at a lose per bird as I know where my break even point with age vs cost of feed and etc. Its just sold hard to sell roosters. One thing I was considering was only selling my birds in trio's but not sure how well that will go over?
     
  2. 20736

    20736 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The small market is for pullets/hens.
    People want eggs not noise.
    It is a natural fact that you won't be able to sell 50% of your hatch.
    Double the price of hens.
     
  3. WalkingOnSunshine

    WalkingOnSunshine Overrun With Chickens

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    You should be absolutely thrilled that someone gave you money for barnyard mix bantams. That's absolutely amazing to me.

    I have to agree with 20736--there isn't a market for roosters unless they are purebred, and even then most of them are unsaleable. People do not want trios of mixed breeds--trios are for show birds. I think if you require people to buy trios, you'll lose your hen customers.

    Look for a livestock auction near you and accept that you'll take a loss on the cockerels, or feed them a higher protein feed and butcher them, or offer them free on Craig's List. We do all three of these.

    I also agree that your hens should be priced higher in order to make up the loss on the roosters. And have you considered selling chicks straight run instead of started birds? That's what we do. Then all the babies are sold regardless of gender. Yes, you only get a few bucks per chick, but you don't have much feed in them and your costs are very low, so almost anything you get is profit.
     

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