Originally Posted by Gramma Chick
You should be able to get $ 10- $ 20 each for them they are laying & will lay at least another year .
My Budgie was the top hen ...she was a red sex link ..maybe it is their nature .
Thank you everyone for your Kind Words ...I am dealing with it slowly
Now I'm going to go out on a limb and lay it on the line. It might get me into trouble but what's new?
I don't get folks who want to pay $10 for a year old either POL or laying hen. Chicks cost about $5 (shipping included). I don't know how much it costs to hatch your own but there is energy to be considered plus labor of maintaining the incubator.
I drove to Amsterdam, NY for Cuckoo Marans and while they weren't chicks they couldn't have been more than 4-6 weeks old and I paid $10 each.
Then I drove to PA to get Lavender Orpingtons and paid $20 each for chicks.
It just makes me crazy when folks go to craft fairs and think something costs too much. Not considering how much time it takes to make an item or what it cost for the tools to make it. (sure YOU could make it but what will you do with those tools you've paid for.)
My point is this. I know I'm absolutely right when I say it's WRONG to expect to buy a point of lay hen or one that just started laying for $5 or $10. It doesn't matter the breed either. I wouldn't buy from someone I don't trust.
Certainly the seller can do so if they choose, but that doesn't make it right for the buyer to take advantage.
If I were certain of a supply, I'd skip the chick thing altogether and just buy hens that are just starting to lay. No chick starter to bother with, no incubator, no brooder lights to worry about, no shavings to buy, no brooder to clean.
Please don't debate me on this, as I stated previously I know I'm right.
Rancher, tells it as it is, Hicks.