Raising animal for profit. What do you raise and sell?chickens
Posted 19 October 2008 - 08:59 AM
Thanks for any thought on this.
Posted 19 October 2008 - 09:31 AM
We've done just about everything.....eggs, meat chickens, rabbits, sheep, cattle...
You could also do goats, ducks, turkeys, etc.
You need to think about where you're going to sell the animals, and how you're going to transport them. (Otherwise you just end up with very expensive pets.) Also, how will you feed them, and what are you able/willing to spend on feed. (Grains are very expensive right now.)
My dc have raised many animals through 4-H, and it is a something they REALLY love. We've always made it very clear what will happen to the animal at the end of its life. But I've seen a lot of families have a huge problem with that part of it.
So, these are just a few things to consider....
Posted 19 October 2008 - 10:25 AM
Jackie mentioned many good ideas to consider and your cooperative extension agent will be a great resource on helping you figure out the very best animals given local market considerations, land use comparisons, etc. etc. etc.
Good luck. Be sure to let us know what you guys figure out!
Posted 19 October 2008 - 10:31 AM
Thanks for feedback
Posted 19 October 2008 - 11:31 AM
Posted 19 October 2008 - 11:44 AM
Off the top of my head, I do know that currently meat goats are going for approximately $1.50 per pound. Free range eggs are generally $3.00 per dozen and a gallon of milk is $6.00.
If I was interested in making a profit from raising animals (besides horses - which is what I currently do) I would consider the following:
miniature donkeys - this would require a larger outlay of cash to get started, but they sell like hotcakes around here. You'd want to research bloodlines and know something about showing to find out what is currently "in" in terms of show donkeys. I do know that the shorter is better for resale purposes. Donkey's aren't as stupid as horses and you'd maybe probably be ok with barbed wire fencing, but barbed wire isn't good for anything stupid/flighty or show quality.
chickens/turkeys - this is what I'd probably be interested in most for me personally. I love keeping chickens, but to make money I think you'd need to raise both meat and laying chickens. This would require some outlay in terms of coops and predator proofing, but purchasing the animals isn't so costly. You will also want to figure out the most cost effective way to butcher the animals - this might mean devision/building a plucker and doing it yourself or finding a processing facility in your area. The only thing stopping me is that I can purchase an already butchered whole chicken for something like $4 at my local grocery store. It'd be hard to do it cheaper, but granted what costs $4 isn't organic or free range. I haven't done any math or research, but turkey's might be a better investment?
goats - probably the easiest in terms of care. Goats are generally sturdy. Meat goats are in fairly high demand around here for cabrito, but again rising costs of feed have made the price per pound pretty low. From what I understand, it would be hard to raise a goat to market weight around here without supplemental feed. My friend has a few fiber goats - specifically Angorra goats and she's found that the hair can fetch a pretty good price on places like eBay and the like. From what I understand, the younger the goat the better the fiber so you would have to figure out some way to cull the herd periodically to get rid of the older goats.
dairy cow - we have some friends that sell milk for $6 per gallon. I know virtually nothing about them, but do know that you'd probably have to provide supplemental feed/hay in this area. Your land like won't be able to support them adequately otherwise.
pig - again I don't know much, but we recently purchase a whole sow dressed out at 85 lbs for less than $100.
miniature horses - like donkeys, the smaller the better. You'd probably need to do something different with fencing and your land probably won't be able to support them without supplemental feed/hay.
horses - I don't recommend. The market for horses is HORRIBLE right now. Papered, decently trained, horses are going for virtually nothing right now.
Posted 19 October 2008 - 01:15 PM
If I had land, funds, and gumption these are a few of my favorite things that I'd be considering.
Just my 2 pennies thrown from the other side of the barnyard fence:001_smile:
Posted 19 October 2008 - 01:38 PM