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Hatching Services- Sound Good?

I want to know if people would be interested in this:

E.G:
My hatching services:

I offer a variety of purebred, straight-run chicks of different breeds.
I'll hatch them in batches of up to 10 and keep them for up to 2 weeks.

How It Works:

You place an order for up to 10 chicks of up to 4 breeds, e.g. 3 leghorns, 4 silkies.
I hatch them and let you know when they are hatched. You pick them up within the next week or so.

I can't guarantee how many will hatch- if you order 5, you could end up with 4 or 6 instead.
The prices will depend on breed and quantity, but I'll charge the price of the hatching eggs if I bought them and a small fee for hatching and feeding up until you collect.

Money will be payed upon collection of the chicks.

I'm not taking orders at all yet, but will people be interested? Please tell me if you would be.

All chicks would be purebred, of healthy strains. Rarer breeds will cost a little more.

Sulky Bantam
Monday, January 4th, 2021

Without knocking your enthusiasm but you're looking for recommendations for a small incubator in one post and trying to suss out business in the next.

My advice is forget about the whole business end for now get yourself a small incubator and some good quality stock of a breed YOU like and learn from there. Breeds go in and out of fashion and every year a different colour is the new in thing. Many go chasing the new fashion and by the time you have stock to sell the demand for that is gone and something else is flavour of the month.

As for taking pre orders its a nightmare I have seen it all over the years handiest way is get your stock in good order learn from your mistakes of which will be many and when you have surplus stick up some adds.

Sell good healthy stock you get more business couldn't be simpler
two last tips if you're not handy with a camera get someone who is a good picture in an add works wonders.Also learn the spelling of your breeds if your selling Road Island Reds instead of Rhode Island Reds you won't attract the same interest

Enjoy the hobby

brian k
Monday, January 4th, 2021

Thank you, I would certainly be practicing first, though I have hatched before.

I was just trying to find out whether there would be interest in something like this.

I would stock a variety of breeds, and yes, I will spell their names right.

Sulky Bantam
Monday, January 4th, 2021

Very good advice there from Brian, get a bit of experience under your belt and don't expect to make money, it's more of an enjoyable hobby, any monetary reward is a bonus.

nama-man
Monday, January 4th, 2021

Thanks!

Yes, I was just looking to see of there was a market because though I love hatching chicks I can't keep them all.

Sulky Bantam
Monday, January 4th, 2021

I can understand where you are coming from, I love hatching too, but also can not keep them all. I would recommend you just choose wisely with the breeds you hatch, so far I have not had any issues moving on any chickens I have hatched, but breed makes a big difference.
I personally would not hatch depending on orders, I can't see it working. Don't count your chickens.....
I do a LOT of research on the breeds that attract me, then research on the interest in that particular breed in general, then decide whether or not it makes sense to hatch eggs from them.
Very best wishes either way, as others have said it is certainly more of a hobby, but once you can cater for what you hatch, whether that means rearing them or finding customers for them, well then it's a win/win.

CraggKlefor
Tuesday, January 12th, 2021

Thanks! Good advice, nice ideas. I just love the variety but can't keep them all. Trying to figure out a way to do it.

Sulky Bantam
Tuesday, January 12th, 2021


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