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Starting a poultry farm, any advice?

Starting a poultry farm, any advice? Topic: A business plan on poultry
July 20, 2019 / By Berniece
Question: So I'm planning to start a poultry farm, but the problem is, I've never been into this business. Does anyone know some good guides and websites that teach about poultry farms from A to Z ? Or has anyone done this kind of business himself and can tell me what do I need to know as a starter ? Thank you.
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Affrica Affrica | 7 days ago
Look up books on homesteading, I don't know much but I know there is a few magazines out there about raising chickens as well. I would not go into fast food, you want your business to be in farmers markets and your own local.
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Affrica Originally Answered: Help On Starting A Farm (Oregon)?
Wow, you really don't need that much weaponry for just a little goat/chicken farm! All you need is just a little .22 rifle and/or a .347 Magnum handgun you're set!! You also don't need to have a stall for the buck nor the does. They can do just fine separated by a fence in their own paddocks. And you also really do not need a breeding shack; buck goats have absolutely no issues breeding does out in the open au naturel. Now to answer your questions: 1. Yes. 2. Well that's what you want, don't you? You want a rooster to breed your hens so they produce eggs and eventually baby chicks? Eggs are always going to be edible regardless of the rooster's copulated the hens or not. 3. Lock them up every night if you don't want to lose them to predators. Chickens especially. 4. Either that or don't have a buck at all and simply rent from another goat breeder/farmer. 5. Yes. You can also make a mobile coop for the chickens to keep them protected from hawks and coyotes and move them every so often around the pasture where they can eat bugs and that. 6. If you've got a heritage-breed of chickens, you could probably let the hens do the work and raise the chicks on their own, but most people like to raise the chicks via heat-lamps in a separate area protected from the dangers outside, lots of time in the house where they can be cared for 24/7. So your choice. 7. If you've got excess stock, sell them. Cull out the non-breeders, sell the young ones, keep some young does for replacements. Breed them responsibly; talk to other goat breeders, as some like to have their goats breed every so often, others once every 2 or 3 years. 8. Depends what your land area is or rather how much land you have. If you've got over 5 acres of land, raising cattle will be actually a lot easier and take much less labour and running-around than raising goats will. If you've only got one or two acres of pasture or land in total, goats are for you. Just be aware of the stocking rates of your area so you don't over stock your pastures and end up spending lots of money on hay to feed them all year round. Cattle do eat more than goats do, and thus require more land (and more feed) to keep. But, if you're smart in your decision making, you may get away with having to feed less feed than what is conventionally realized. 9. Paige wire, and electric fencing (which is NEVER too expensive). Fence not just to keep the predators out, but your animals in as well. Do your research, ask around, ask on some goat internet forums for more information. 10. Livestock guard dog like a Great Pyrenees. Research your breeds and do your homework before you buy. 11. All I can say is check your local laws and find out where you can tap into a niche market. 12. Depends. If the dog's not overly aggressive with them, and quickly learns to leave them alone (the livestock'll likely teach him that), no. But I'd rather teach the dog not to bother the animals than vice versa, if I were you!!

Theodore Theodore
First, and foremost, check your local bylaws and make sure poultry farming is permitted where you live. There's nothing worse than investing time and energy in a project, then having the town shut it down. Are you thinking egg production or meat birds? 100 birds or a 1000? You need to consider insurance, housing, security, lighting, feed, etc. Poultry farming is heavily regulated, and your purchase of birds will be reported to the government (at least in Ontario). You need to keep good records. If you are getting day old babies from the hatchery, you are going to need an incubator for the first few weeks. You will spend a lot of time and energy monitoring temperature, feed, water and the condition of the chicks. As the chicks get older, adequate housing is important. Are they going to be contained or free range? This is where fence and security come in. Chickens require different feed at different stages of their life, and depending on whether they are meat birds or layers. Unless you are only slaughtering 5 or 10 birds, I would NOT do this on your farm for two reasons. One is, it draws predators to the area that you used for weeks, and two, you MUST report any chickens being slaughtered to the government. Use a local slaughterhouse and they will take care of all the paperwork to keep you legal. And yes, a slaughterhouse is expensive. I would not recommend any particular website as I find many give conflicting advice. I've found talking to other farmers, and asking questions at my local feed store to be more than helpful. Find a local vet who knows chickens. Personally, I would start off with a just a few birds (say 25) to see if you really enjoy it and what is involved. It can be smelly, lot's of work, and heart breaking at times (when birds die), but it also can be a great experience to raise birds and know what they were fed and were treated humanely. It's not impossible to get started in this business and it can be rewarding. My advice is to ask questions wherever you go and don't be afraid to visit a neighbouring farm to see how they do it.
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Prosper Prosper
Well, I have family members who own a farm. They raise cows and horses. But to start a poultry farm you need the correct amount of capitol to be able to buy the landed needed and a chicken coupe. You basically could start of by buying a steel building for a start. Raise chickens because for the most part their easy. But you do need the capitol necessary for start up expenses, construction costs, animal feeds and care products, and operational expensive to help the farm keep up and running. You could also start your own farmers market and sell chicken and eggs. But you'd have to learn how to clean a chicken. It would be a waste of money to send it to the slaughter house. Hope this helps. Good luck! http://www.startupbizhub.com/how-to-star... http://www.wikihow.com/Be-a-Poultry-Farm...
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Malcolm Malcolm
First, investigate the options available for agricultural loans through farm mortgage companies and employ the services of a farm loan broker. It's also a good idea to research the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture's Guaranteed Farm Loan for Poultry Farmers....Good luck....:)
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Jerahmiel Jerahmiel
One thing for sure, running a Poultry Farm is a real Chickenshit operation, and the taxes will eat you alive. You will have to endure hours--days--weeks--months--and years of Foul smells. You may want to instalfl cleats on your boots. Good luck.... Jimi Cee
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Gerard Gerard
I would not suggest starting this as a business unless you have at least kept some hens as pets or something, so you know the basics about chickens. Are you raising them for eggs or meat? That will determine your breed and housing. http://birds.knoji.com/how-to-keep-chick...
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Gerard Originally Answered: What is the approx. cost of starting a beef cattle farm?
I'd look for a farm that is already selling as a beef-cattle farm, that way it saves on buying facilities, building a new house, and purchasing and building fences because they're all there already and it'll all sold with the land. It's going to cost you up into the multimillion's if you get into the point of homesteading on a new ranch-type property. You can do one of two things: research the breeds that are selling well in your area, or find a breed or crossbreed that will work well with the type of operation you and your better half plan to manage. In NC/Virginia Angus is very popular, no doubt. Those black-baldies that someone else mentioned tend to also be very popular, but may also work better for a newbie like you, depending on what breeds they are mixed with. However I'd go with a breed that is docile and easy to manage, like Herefords, for instance. You're going to be chasing your luck if you go with commercial black-baldies, especially if those black baldies are not the crosses you are lead to believe they are. The most commonly known cross for BB's are Hereford and Angus. But now with many other breeds chasing the black fad, you can have BB's that are Simmental, or Angus-Simmental cross, Gelbvieh-Simmental cross, Maine-Anjou-Simmental cross, Simmental-Hereford cross, Gelbvieh-Hereford cross, Limousin-Hereford cross, Limousin-Simmental cross, the list goes on. With those many possibilities you can have Black baldies that are huge cows that throw big calves, cows that are a bit high-strung that you (or even I) would like, cows that need pampering (i.e., grain along with their hay/grass diet), etc. I'd go with Herefords, simply because they are the best and most docile breed to work with, plus they cross great with other breeds like Limousin, Angus, Gelbvieh, Red Angus, etc. to get calves on the market you want to target. Don't start with 500 cows right off the bat either. Start small, with only a handful of cows to begin with, then you can start increasing your herd size little by little with heifers that you want to keep, or with more cows you wish to purchase. And don't start with heifers either, get yourself started on cows with more experience with calving, like bred cows or 3-in-1's (preg cow with calf at side). With the little experience you have right now, it's best to start "better safe than sorry" and not run into a train-wreck on your first few years of raising beefers. With cow-calf, don't get into the purebred breeder stuff, as this will be a bit too much for you. It's totally fine to purchase registered females and use them in your commercial operation. Seedstock producers have to have much more experience with marketing and finances and even breeding the right stock to the right stock than you can even imagine. So I recommend you start out as a commercial cow-calf producer; it'll be easier planning and selling your excess stock. There are other options to pursue as well besides going cow-calf; you can start off with backgrounding steers for the summer then selling them off in the fall. This way you gain a bit of experience with handling cattle without all the other pressures of when breed your cows, when the cows are going calve out, when to wean the calves, etc. Having stockers on your place for the first time (or however long you want) will also get you to get a feel for what to expect when buying/selling and raising/caring for cattle. Then you can decide if you want to go cow-calf or not.

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