Its stressful selling animals!
Honestly...you don't have to read this. It is long. But sometimes...
Right now it's my breeder birds. Next, it could be our bull. We haven't decided on that just yet.
Dealing with the wording and putting together good and accurate information, taking nice pictures, deciding on an appropriate asking price...I put a lot of time into that. Then, I stress & worry, sometimes need to adjust something, or the internet or platform is slow or frustrating. Once done, then sometimes I have quick calls or have to wait & wait and wonder...
Next, the calls start. There are the ones who ask for hens/layers only (they usually don't read the ad...no hens, except where stated). These people want cheap battery priced hens that they will make lay to death. They don't care about quality nor giving birds a proper and natural rest. They don't care if they are breeders or hatchery. They ask if I will give a discount or a "deal"...nope, in this case, they were already discounted (yes, really, these birds can sell for much more)...and only because of minor cosmetic frostbite damage to the rooster's combs & wattles.
I had one guy tried to get me down in price by using some birds that he got for dirt cheap. I knew the owner, knew the quality, but my stock for this breed is better than what she put up for sale. I used her name in my reply and told him I knew the quality of what she was selling & that she even told me that her price was too low & that the quality was much lower than mine. I had just talked to her a few days before about those very same birds he bought...but he hadn't realized what I knew. I was firm on my price & told him why. He is pretty pushy and dishonest and the breeders here don't like him at all for good reason. He is killing the market & with very poor quality birds. He is crossing over into the illegal realm, but honest breeders in my province are concerned about retaliation should any of them report him. Anyway, he kept trying until I told him that I had none left. That felt GOOD. He went on to hassle a big & respected breeder that I sold to. He found out through her grapevine, I guess. She is so tired of him & doesn't trust him. She won't deal with him & I never will.
I have had all types of crazy requests from my bird ads. Oh my. Last year, I had someone that wanted me to deliver freshly butchered chicken to them and drive 3 hours to give it to them, completely free of course. 🤷♀️🤦♀️
Yes, it is a crazy world, the classifieds.
Then, after a sale, of course, they don't all go out immediately, so I need to keep a running tab on who bought what & what pens each are from. Sigh.
I am glad that I have now sold all of my breeders (save a few that I have held back for myself) of the one type. I had 8 trios and one pair to go. That's lots of huge birds! I have sold a few others in the meantime & have a buyer for 4 more unadvertised birds in about a month.
A big breeder (and importer of rare poultry) that I sold to has nothing but high praise for my breeder birds. That is so satisfying, getting confirmation from someone who knows breeding birds well. Then I know that it wasn't just me thinking that mine were good. She said that other big breeders had tried to keep them here in the past but failed. Hearing such support is good. The jersey giants take patience. 😄 I also think a good dose of love & admiration go a long way too.
I have my ducks, 6 black copper roosters & 2 serama cockerels left. Those serama babies are growing well!
All the stress will be worth it in the end, however, as I will have the money to buy & hatch out some beautiful new chicken eggs, get a dream pair of peafowl (that hold genes to have all white peachicks too), and possibly another dream bird of mine, Canada's rare heritage Ridley Bronze turkey. 😍 I will be heading into new (hopefully extra fun) territory! We will have less birds, but even more variety here. I told the kids that they will get some money from the sales & that they all have a share in these new ones. (They are pleased)
I am happy that I am almost done with the ad craziness! 🤯 🎉 Hip, Hip Hooray!
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