Livestock

Discussion in 'You couldn't make it up!' started by Newshound, Sep 28, 2020.

  1. Newshound

    Newshound Member

    This has been a real wrench for us. Since 1990 we have sold livestock. Budgies, hamsters, rabbits and guinea pigs, as well as ‘bread-and-butter’ fish. Over the years we have dabbled in chinchillas, rats, gerbils, chipmunks , cockatiels, finches and canaries. Nothing too exotic, just the basics.
    It's always been our belief that a pet shop is only a pet shop if you sell pets. Well, by the time this goes to print we will have sold our last pet. From now on we're going to call ourselves a specialist pet care centre rather than a pet shop.
    Currently we are the only licensed pet shop for 30 miles and, despite a good reputation with all the local vets and excellent reviews on Google, our livestock sales were just not there. When you add up the £2,000 a year we spend on vegetables, hay, food and shavings, another £1,200 on waste disposal and 25 hours per week on cleaning and feeding, it just strips out any chance of profit. We used to sell a cage with a hamster and a hutch with a rabbit or guinea pig, which brought in a good sale, but those days are past now that cages are so much cheaper online.
     
  2. Animal-Antics

    Animal-Antics New Member

    We have also decided to stop selling livestock, when you put a hourly rate onto the costs it became over £10,000 a year, add to that a hourly rate to fulfill licencing laws and we made no profit for selling animals.
    I now have more time to concentrate on other areas of the business.
     

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