9. Raise Chickens
Raising chicken can be very lucrative. Probably your first thought for raising chickens would be from selling the eggs – a dozen brown eggs can bring in $2.50 to $5. But you can also make money from:
- Fertile eggs – If you get to raise a rooster then you can make money from fertile eggs for about the same price as non-fertile eggs ($2.50 to $5), or more if it’s a rare chicken breed or Quail.
- Hatchlings – Hatching the fertile eggs to be chicks and make about $3 – $5 per chick – more if you know how to properly sex them.
- Pullets/Layers – Also, if you raise new chickens until they’re fully feathered (pullets), or are now laying their own eggs (layers). Most people don’t want to deal with raising chicks and will pay more for mature chickens, so you can make about $10 to $20 a bird.
- Hens – Hens only get to lay eggs for a couple of years before their production slows or stops. Once this happens you can either have free meat for your own freezer or sell them for about $4 – $8 each.
- Meat – Depending on your area, you probably may be permitted to sell meat directly to customers, if so you can make about $3 – $5 a pound, or $15 – $25 whole.
So, it can be quite profitable, and recyclable (new chicks for future layers). You only need to be sure to follow regulations, licensing if required, and more.