If you’re looking to generate a stable income, you might not have considered becoming a chicken farmer. As it turns out, raising chickens is an incredibly easy, fun, and affordable way to make a living. We spoke to the CEO of Blue Star Ranch, the wonderful Mary Ann Fordyce, to find out more about what it takes to make an income from chickens.
"Blue Star Ranch came out of necessity; my job as an insurance agent was coming to a close due to management issues in the company. Around that time I became disabled as a result of several neurological and muscular problems. I was in great pain and was unable to get a regular job. Since I do not take any medications, drugs, or alcohol I had to find a way to cope with the pain." MARY ANN FORDYCE
"I really like helping customers, making new friends, and of course watching my chicks blossom into pretty hens. Gathering eggs and hatching them also makes me feel an immense sense of satisfaction. Spending time outdoors in the wonderful sunlight and getting hay and soil in between my fingers is amazing, too. Getting dirty is great! And of course, falling into bed at the end of a long day knowing that I did my best and that tomorrow is another day to achieve more. I feel good about what I do and I focus on becoming a better person each and every day." MARY ANN FORDYCE
"Some people try to barter with me, saying they have seen other businesses offering chicks at lower prices. I have to explain to them that Blue Star Ranch chicks are different – they are paying a small premium for quality. And finally, customers who don’t follow my advice on raising chickens and then try to discredit me on social media is a real bummer. So please, be kind and respectful of small business owners! We’re here to make an honest living and support our customers in a fair way." MARY ANN FORDYCE
I actually had started raising chickens as a hobby; they are lovely animals that are so fun to be around. The timing was actually great, in a way – as my job ended, I became disabled following a series of medical issues. Spending time with the chickens was a form of therapy for me.
They are also an amazing source of revenue. Think about this. If you put two $1 bills in a jar tonight and look inside it the next morning, will there be more money there? Nope. But put 10 hens and a rooster together, incubate some eggs and in a few weeks or months, you will have plenty of chickens to sell at $20 each. 10 hens and one rooster can generate about $2000 or more in income per month if people follow my steps in my book “Six Chickens to Six Figures”.
Other factors in my success include being honest, selling quality chickens (no GMO feed and the best breeds), and educating customers. I also really want my customers to enjoy the process of raising chicks, so I make sure to support them as best as I can. MARY ANN FORDYCE
Mary Ann points out that chickens were commonly raised for income during the Great Depression. Chickens are also used as currency in many countries around the world, and, indeed, in some countries, anyone with chickens is considered to be wealthy.
“If our economy takes a turn for the worse, and all indications lead me to suspect that it will, the information I have to share could be a life-saver for a lot of people. I predict that the dollar will crash and a new currency backed by gold will take its place, and I’m not the only one thinking this. That’s why I wrote my book and created my videos.” Mary Ann’s book: Six Chickens to Six Figures!, available on Amazon in Kindle and paperback formats, passes on the author’s hard-earned experience and expertise to those interested in turning their own backyard into a phenomenal source of income. She has also created a multitude of videos on every conceivable aspect of the business of raising chickens.
Mary Ann points out that it doesn’t take much money to get started, and it also doesn’t require much backyard space. Her book and videos provide all the information needed to get started and, for those who are really serious, end up with a six-figure income. It’s a business that can also provide a good part-time income for retirees or people of any age, in any part of the country.