The global pandemic that started late in 2019 may have made many people reconsider their approach to work and life in general. However, it is unlikely that many of these people will suddenly be thinking about poultry farming. This is a very specific area of the industry and requires dedication. It is not for the faint-hearted.
It should be noted that there are approximately 700 chicken farmers in Australia, which’s enough to keep the industry competitive while still providing opportunities for anyone trying to break into the field. If you are committed it is possible. But, first, you need to know the following.
When To Start A Poultry Farm
The good news is there is no good or bad time to start your poultry farm. Chickens can produce eggs at all times of the year if you look after them properly.
The more important question is what type of chicken farm would you like. They are generally one of two types; broiler farms raise chickens for meat, layer farms look after chickens for the eggs. Both products are in high demand.
Choosing Your Chicken
There is more than one type of chicken. You need to consider which one suits your needs best and focus on one type initially. Once your farm is up and running you can always extend your choice and deal in several types of chickens. But, to start with it is easier to choose one and know everything you need to know about that one.
Decide On A Location
You now need to choose the best possible location for your chicken farm. If you build out of town you will find the land is cheap. You don’t need good soil to raise chickens, you just need a big enough space to keep them safe and allow them to exercise.
Of course, you also need to think about transport links. You need to be able to get your eggs or chickens to customers easily.
Sort Your Finances
The good news with a poultry farm is you may not need to invest in expensive tractors. But, you will still need buildings and a host of equipment such as lighting, heaters, and feeders. The costs can add up, especially when you consider you need to buy your first batch of chickens as well.
Fortunately, there are specialists in livestock finance that will help you. All you need to do is create a business plan. This lists all the expected setting up and running expenses for the first year, that is how much money you need to get started. Any earnings in the first year should be considered a bonus.
Setting up the farm is a good starting point but if you want it to be successful you need a marketing plan. That means business cards, talking to local supermarkets, and even using social media. Anything that raises the profile of your business is good. Don’t forget to create a website as part of this process and, perhaps most importantly, you need to keep reviewing and improving your marketing tactics.