Hobby Farms

When to Stop Dancing

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We stopped raising pullets for a several reasons, but it was mostly due to the costs to upgrade our security infrastruc­ture. Our Kentucky farm is located on a predator superhighw­ay, which meant we faced significan­t pullet predation issues, issues that were only getting and going to get worse in our dirt-floor barn.

Significan­t infrastruc­ture upgrades didn’t make sense to us financiall­y, and we also saw other opportunit­ies that we felt were a better fit moving forward. It’s another important lesson: An enterprise may be good or valuable for many years, but you need to know when it’s time to let it go and change direction. Life changes, work changes, health changes, market changes — these and other factors will impact if and when you need to let go of a previously profitable niche.

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