I haven’t had much luck lately getting my two-year old Barred Rock hen’s eggs to hatch out except for a couple chicks out of the 8 that I would put under a Silkie hen.
So, I ordered 25 chicks (plus the free rooster) that are Barred Rock hens. The BR hens seem to sell pretty well here. I want to keep maybe 5 for myself and I will raise the other 20 to sell. The first of June 2016, they will be four months old. I should be able to get $15 each. That is 300 dollars and I am paying $95 for the chicks. I will make a little money out of it. I will have to pay for four months of feed plus a little extra on the electric bill for the heat lamp during the cool nights.
I just enjoy raising the chicks so much that I am not really trying to make money out of the deal. I would love to make some extra money, don’t get me wrong.
My Barred Rock chickens are at least two years old and I still get 2-4 eggs daily from the 8 hens. I hatched out BR hens on September 10 and two more on November 14 of 2016 so I do have four more hens that will start laying.
I also have two Cochen/Silkie mix hens that just started laying in the last couple months.
My five Silkie mix hens are still pumping out the eggs daily. They have been laying for about 17 months.
So even though it is winter in Florida, I am getting between 5-10 eggs a day which is a gracious plenty (as we say in the South) for just me and my husband. It was 71 degrees here today.
So, just a thought, maybe buying about 25 hen chicks might work out well for you, too. I do have 2 acres so that makes a difference, too. Lots of room to keep the chickens healthy.
Isn’t it amazing that they can mail baby chicks to you thru the post office? I know the chicks can last three days without food or water because they have absorbed the yoke from the egg as food.
I will go to the post office on Jan 30th when the chicks will be mailed off and give them my phone number so they can call me as soon as they come in. I don’t want my mailman to deliver them to my house. I think it is mandatory for a phone number to be provided to the post office to call you to pick them up. I expect I will get them the 31st or Feb 1 at the latest.
I am so excited. Good luck with your chickens. Keep their water clean and their yards clean and it is not hard to have healthy chickens.
Update: 12 May 2017, added comment. Unfortunately, I ended up with four roosters out of the 25 chicks I received that were suppose to be all hens. I called McMurray and they credited my credit card for the four roosters but it still remains a problem that now I have to find homes for the roosters. That sucks. I did manage to give one away to a person who purchased 5 hens from me.
I ended up selling the chickens earlier than I expected because I needed to go out of town. So, I sold 3 sets of 5 hens for 50 dollars so I made $150 off the chickens. I put them on Craigslist for 12 dollars each or 5 for 50. I am keeping five of the hens for myself. So, I made about 55 dollar plus the 11 credited back to me and I got the five hens free basically. Since I have not gotten ride of the roosters, I am thinking of processing them myself and putting them in the freezer.