As you know I have ducks and turkeys-getting chickens this Sunday! :oD
I am 27 and I work in an office..Not ideal and Im not going to be doing it forever, when Im around 30 we would like to have children, which I would like to stay at home and look after, I would like to branch out and rent/buy a field to raise poultry on to breed and sell chickens, chicks, eggs, ducklings etc.
I would like to start off small, make a couple of sheds and breed maybe White Campbell ducks and Silver Laced Wyandottes. Breed them, then sell the babies as babies or adults, advertising locally, on websites, in local papers, on ebay, trade-it, birdtrader & go to auctions with them. Then maybe once in a while add to them by getting another breed, and build it up slowly, I certainly dont want to bite off more than I can chew!
I have some ideas for housing them, with a coop above the ground with a large run attaced for them to play in, these will be side by side, like that are on the "orpingtons page" on www.cockerdoodlequack.co.uk then for the ducks have a pond in each, only smallish as there will only be around 4 ducks in each, enough for them to get in for a swim though.
What do you think of the housing? Any better ideas?
I know I also have to have a secure shed to store cleaning equipment, food, spare feeders drinkers, medication in.
But! I dont know what to do about the following,
What do I do with all the soiled bedding? A compost heap would be huge in no time and attract all sorts of nasties (and smell), so what do I do with the poo?
Medication-I see alot of breeders vaccinate their birds, who does this? Me? Or do I get a vet to come and do it?
If anyone has done this, can you advise on what ways you have done it and what is best? I have tried searching online but it all seems to be people who want to breed 5000000 chickens a day.... I dont want to mass breed birds, I want them to be happy and healthy, well looked after to go to nice homes, I know alot of people who have/would like some chickens for a family garden for fresh eggs, who would like more special looking chickens who are friendly, pretty and lay eggs (obviously!)
Your help/input is much appreciated!