How to Handle a Home Poultry Business

You can crow over your earnings by following this common-sense advice on raising and selling eggs, chicks, and chickens.

Photo by Valerie Boese

Chickens can turn a profit just like any other farm animal. My family raised ordinary chickens for several years for the usual reasons: fresh eggs and meat. That all changed when my children started showing chickens in the 4-H Club. We began to acquire unique breeds for the kids’ projects, and then continued to add new breeds every year for several years. Along the way, we started hatching our own, and soon our barn was full of a fantastic array of chicken breeds.

With over 100 birds, we wondered what else we could do with them. Through internet searches, we discovered that while we were selling our regular eggs for $3 per dozen, numerous poultry breeders were selling fertilized hatching eggs for $35 to $55 per dozen! We had to give it a try. What started out as a fun way for my son to earn some extra money soon grew into a family business, TarBox Hollow Poultry.

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First Steps

After discovering hatching egg auctions on eBay, we decided to attempt to acquire and sell our own fertilized hatching eggs. Our first concern was figuring out how to ship them safely. (In my mind, I pictured cracked eggs oozing out of the box upon delivery.) My son decided to package up a box of eggs and put them to the ultimate test. He threw the box against the wall, across the room, and down the stairs. When we opened the box, to my disbelief, not a single egg was cracked.

Photo by Valerie Boese

7/31/2019 11:42:49 AM

This is the article I've been looking for to help me make the next step to selling fertilized eggs! I especially appreciate the step-by-step journey of setting the business while stressing the importance of keeping your flock healthy. Looking forward to more articles from Ms. Boese.

6/24/2019 7:06:27 AM

Great article and very interesting. I think I will look deeper into this. Thanks, Dan.

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