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Hey, want to see how a chicken brooder can pay for itself?
January 10, 2009
|Hope 2009 is going well for you,!
Issue #011, January 10, 2009. In This Issue...
--How a Chicken Brooder Can Pay For Itself, Your Chickens and Your Chicken Tractor
--Get Ready for You Can Build a Chicken Tractor, the book!
--Stay on the Homestead Full Time With Niche Selling
--A Great Hand Cream Recipe
--Purchase Bulk Seeds to Save Money
--Time to Start Seeds Indoors
Lots of great information, so curl up next to the fire and read on!
How a Chicken Brooder Can Pay For Itself, Your Chickens and Your Chicken TractorNot all chickens are alike. Just like dogs and cats, there are a wide range of breeds available with different traits depending on what you want. For example, the Rhode Island Red chicken is great for both good-sized eggs and meat, but can be aggressive, while the Delaware chicken is more docile and friendly.
But itís hard to find unusual breeds like the Delaware locally; the only way you can get one is by ordering from a hatchery. And hatcheries usually require you order a minimum of 25 chicks. So what do you do if you only have space or time for two to six chickens?
Thatís where a brooder Ė and a potential business opportunity Ė come in. Chicks are fragile the first six weeks of their lives, when they havenít yet put on their full set of feathers. A brooder box keeps them warm and safe from predators.
Letís say you build a brooder box that is at least five feet long by four feet wide. With a brooder that size, you can raise anywhere from 25 to 50 chicks until they are six weeks old and get their full set of feathers in. So order up to fifty female chicks, and then at six weeks, when they are tough enough to stay outside full time, tell everyone you know that you have chickens for sale. Place an ad in the paper and promote the value of the particular breed you are selling.
Determine a price by adding up the costs of the brooder, the chickens, feed to that point and materials for a chicken tractor. Raise 50 chicks and sell 44 of them, and you should recoup all of your costs and have six hens, a tractor and a brooder to be used again and again besides.
You Can Build a Chicken Tractor Ė
Have you ever dreamed of having your own small flock in your backyard? Would you like to have your own, fresh, free-ranged eggs that are not only delicious, but also incredibly healthy? In my upcoming book, You Can Build a Chicken Tractor: For Homesteading Mavericks, Wimps and All Folks in Between, Iíll provide you with easy, step-by-step instructions on how to build your own chicken tractor, a brooder, the type of flock you should buy, great chicken care steps and more!
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