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What is the going price of a good laying hen?

post #1 of 35
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I'm wondering what the going price for a good laying hen in your area is. Around here people don't want to pay more than $5, and that's for a hen that IS laying, NOT a pullet- maybe $3 for a pullet.

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post #2 of 35

I don't know, but I can tell you that $3 is the normal price for a chick up here, and some places they are $5, so either of those prices for a pullet or POL bird up here wouldn't make any sense at all.  That is cheap!

Married to DH for 21 years, DS 18,  mom of golden retrievers--Harley and Mia, and my 17 girls--Barred Rocks, a Buff Orpington, Rhode Island Reds, Easter Eggers, a Gold Laced Wyandotte, a Silver Laced Wyandotte, Delawares, Cuckoo Marans, a Black Australorp, and Twiggy---our Welsummer, who laid the prettiest eggs ever, but left for chickie heaven today, where they never, ever run out of raisins.
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Married to DH for 21 years, DS 18,  mom of golden retrievers--Harley and Mia, and my 17 girls--Barred Rocks, a Buff Orpington, Rhode Island Reds, Easter Eggers, a Gold Laced Wyandotte, a Silver Laced Wyandotte, Delawares, Cuckoo Marans, a Black Australorp, and Twiggy---our Welsummer, who laid the prettiest eggs ever, but left for chickie heaven today, where they never, ever run out of raisins.
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post #3 of 35

I'm not sure about your area, but where I live (Virginia), I've encountered started pullets going for around $15 and chicks and non-laying pullets going from $5 - $10 each.

post #4 of 35

Here in Ohio it seems laying hens go for about $8 to $10.  Chicks are around $3.

10 BO hens, 1 Buckeye rooster, 5 BR hens.  This year adding 4 Light Brahmas, 6 EE pullets, and 10 White Rocks headed for freezer camp.  Also have 4 kids, 1 DH, 5 cats, 2 goats, 2 dogs, and 2 bunny wabbits.

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10 BO hens, 1 Buckeye rooster, 5 BR hens.  This year adding 4 Light Brahmas, 6 EE pullets, and 10 White Rocks headed for freezer camp.  Also have 4 kids, 1 DH, 5 cats, 2 goats, 2 dogs, and 2 bunny wabbits.

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post #5 of 35

Totally depends on location. Here I could sell a young (24-26 week) old pullet that has started laying for 25/35 dollars pretty easily. A lot of people around here sell 8 week olds and 12 week olds for 15-20 bucks easy.

I would look at your local craigslist and type in Chicken or Hen in the search bar and see what comes up.

post #6 of 35

In Austin I have seen 10-25 dollars for a laying hen.

post #7 of 35

I think it depends on your location and exactly what you're looking for.... I would say $3-$5 for a baby chick would be normal and a pullet at POL could be $12-$20 depending on breed.... I can't speak for a laying hen, as I have never purchased one of that age....Be sure you are comfortable with the person you are buying from ( everyone on here that I have encountered has been great) as it's tough to tell the age of an adult chicken. I am told that some  unscrupulous folks put older birds who are no longer laying well on places like craigslist.....

Jes Kemp 



South Eastern District Director of The Ameraucana Breeders Club member of American Silkie BantamClub, Volunteer State Poultry Club, American Poultry Association & American Bantam Association.
AVAILABLE NOW-- partridge Silkies, Large Fowl Ameraucana in BBS, Buff, Lavender/ Split.. Brown Red started pairs and trios available in April.. Message me for details!

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Jes Kemp 



South Eastern District Director of The Ameraucana Breeders Club member of American Silkie BantamClub, Volunteer State Poultry Club, American Poultry Association & American Bantam Association.
AVAILABLE NOW-- partridge Silkies, Large Fowl Ameraucana in BBS, Buff, Lavender/ Split.. Brown Red started pairs and trios available in April.. Message me for details!

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post #8 of 35

I'm in Mobile, AL, and the rate for young pullets and laying hens both is around $8-$12. I rarely see them for more than 12. Sometimes I see mixed breeds for as little as $5-$6, but that is rare. 8-12 is much more common.

Live in north Mobile County with several pets including birds, chihuahuas, and Holland Lop rabbits. Just got bantam cochins again after an absence from chickens for a while. Time to build a nice, larger pen...who wants to come help?! lol
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Live in north Mobile County with several pets including birds, chihuahuas, and Holland Lop rabbits. Just got bantam cochins again after an absence from chickens for a while. Time to build a nice, larger pen...who wants to come help?! lol
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post #9 of 35

$25+ for a laying hen up here. I talked to a lady yesterday that was offered $50 for a pretty average 2 yr old BCM, just because she wanted the eggs!

Really, though, you have that much in them in feed by the time they start laying, so it's pretty much break-even.

Cheers, Rachel
Haiku Heritage Farm
Still in the frozen white north. As far as I can tell, "Winter is coming" is old news.

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Cheers, Rachel
Haiku Heritage Farm
Still in the frozen white north. As far as I can tell, "Winter is coming" is old news.

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post #10 of 35
Thread Starter 

LOL There is no craigslist for my area! I live in the boonies, literally.

I know it depends on where you are, so that's why I'm asking what the going price is in YOUR area. I'm not looking to buy a bird, I'm just wanting to know what they go for around the country.   smile

Lavender and Black Ameraucanas, Gold Laced Cochins, various EE color projects, and a bunch of other poultry
Very Happily Married to the Very Best Husband EVER!!!   Mom to a bunch of "fur-kids"... 
http://creamofthecroptrailrides.webs.com/
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Lavender and Black Ameraucanas, Gold Laced Cochins, various EE color projects, and a bunch of other poultry
Very Happily Married to the Very Best Husband EVER!!!   Mom to a bunch of "fur-kids"... 
http://creamofthecroptrailrides.webs.com/
"I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty...

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