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Old 05-30-2013, 03:47 AM
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Any chicken farmers out there?

Wasn't really sure where to put this thread. Anyway, I have a few questions for the chicken farmers out there. I'm about to be 26 years old, married with no kids. I am growing to hate the job I'm in. I've always had a dream of owning my own farm. Either broiler or layer chicken houses. Probably would have cattle and horses too. Wife wants horses. Just wanted some real world feed back from you guys out there. All the farmers around here will tell you "don't do it", "you'll hate it" or "there's no money in it". Well they all seem to have more money than they know what to do with, wives that don't have to work, etc. There are a few ready to run chicken farms around here for sale that I've been looking at.

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Old 05-30-2013, 03:59 AM
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If its truly your dream I say chase it before life gets to be in the way for you. I always dreamed as a kid of being a over the road truck driver. Well when I was younger I tried it for around 3 years. You know what, it sucked....actually I found out being a dad was more rewarding. But Im glad I got it out of my system.
That being said I cant imagine the work a true chicken farm would be. Good luck!
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Old 05-30-2013, 04:14 AM
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Thanks for the response man! Yea it's a good bit of work but not like it used to be. I worked on a bunch of chicken farms when I was a teenager. I love the work but $5/hr wasn't cutting it! Haha! I guess the only thing that scares me is the huge risk. Roughly $750,000 +/- for a ready to run farm with a home on it. That can ruin you if you were to fail at it. I've never been one to worry about failure because when I have a goal, I get it no matter what. But the possibility is always there.

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I've got friends that own a couple chicken farms in Georgia and they do great. They make enough money to live and support their expensive drag racing hobby

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Old 05-30-2013, 11:24 AM
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Hahaha! Now that's what I like to hear!
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I'm 26 married with 2 kids. We started our farm when we were pregnant with our first, so we had to start small. 10 or more acres is a nice starter farm. if you rent, a farm will keep you renting. These guys you see with more money than they know what to do with are not just starting out farming. most of these guys are 4th-5th or more generation farmers.
My flock of ~100 birds will pay for their own feed and the electric bill for the farm in the summer months. when it's consistently less than 60 degrees outside chickens are nothing more than a money pit.
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Old 06-01-2013, 11:09 PM
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You have to run the numbers and see if you could make it work and decide if that is what you really want to do.

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Well I'm from Canada and its a bit different up here with chicken farming. We've got a flock of 86,000 broilers and make a pretty nice income and its an awesome life. If you think it's what you want go for it because I love it. We have time between each flock to get away a bit and its a great life style.


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By a bit different I'm talking with supply management and all


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The Mennonite chicken farmers I've dealt with seem to do well for themselves. Of course, they live a "simple" lifestyle, but they all had brand new trucks, tractors, and equipment. And very, very expensive water treatment equipment.
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