I totally agree..people bought them at high prices, sold them at high prices for a while and now the bottom has fallen out on the market.
Now, you can get them for $19.99 on eBay (as a dozen hatching eggs) or like I did--$15 each + $40 for combined shipping.
The worst part is that within 3-4 generations (or probably 2 years at this point), you'll see a decline in type because a lot of these people are just cranking these out as fast as they can with no regard for type at all. I've already seen a few postings on eBay that show photos of birds I wouldn't use for breeding unless they were the last of their kind on earth and even then, I'd feel a little guilty.
I think ill wait till they are around 3 or 4 dollars a chick. im kind of interested in crossing them with a nice light brahma strain i have. if they have the huge size they claim to have and the lavender columbian pattern it would be neat to see if i can breed a larger brahma with lavender replacing the black. ah, all in fun. i love brahmas. i gotta tell you we have all sorts of fowl you name it and of everything my chickens cost the most to feed, even out of egg production. so i consider the price of chickens a need to have a significantly lower price than pheasants , peafowl, turkey, ect. to balance out feed cost to raise and maintain. lets face it though ive you aint getting eggs you might as well raise peafowl or something more exotic if you want eye perdies. so let let the price drop:D
The light Brahmas I used to have were way bigger than the Light Sussex and had better temperaments, too...
the breeders ive talked to have said their coronation sussex were the biggest chickens theyve seen, even bigger than the brahmas. does anyone know exactly what a full grown coronation sussex weighs? my young brahma rooster is 13lbs. ive had a jersey giant rooster pushing 16lbs. one breeder told me his coronation rooster weight near 17lbs. wasnt sure if that was true or not. always the prob with raising huge chickens is crooked toes usually, and that has to be continually bred out and ive seen never really goes away because some still pop out even after rigorous efforts to eliminate. ive never had this issue with brahmas. i hear it occasionally occurs in sussex. so again what is the true max weight for a coronation sussex? does anyone knowfor certain?