1/2 dozen eggs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by pokey, Jan 21, 2011.

  1. pokey

    pokey Warrior Princess

    Jun 1, 2008
    Why is it common to offer 6 hatching eggs instead of 12? Is it cheaper to ship 6 or is it because no one is getting many eggs right now?
  2. Hi! My guess would be that someone only has a pair or trio of 'whatever' and 6 is the max that will be 'fresh for shipping'.
    But that's just a guess.
  3. MuranoFarms

    MuranoFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 14, 2009
    Boyers, Pa
    Lots of people have mini bators. They usually only fit a few. I see auctions on ebay for 4 eggs all the time. My guess is they are trying to cater to that market.
  4. pokey

    pokey Warrior Princess

    Jun 1, 2008
    Makes sense.I just need as many chances as I can for chicks.[​IMG]
  5. ThreeBoysChicks

    ThreeBoysChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 19, 2007
    Thurmont, MD
    I think it also has to do with adding extras.

    If I sell 12+, I provide 15 eggs.
    If I sell 24+, I provide 30 eggs.
    If I sell 6+, I provide 8 or 9 eggs.

    So like others said, some of my breeds, I have 1 Roo and 3 or 4 Hens. I want to sell fresh eggs, so 8 or 9 is all I can provide. By selling as 6+, the consumer pays for 6 and gets a couple of extras. I guess we could sell 9 with no extras, but that does not sound as nice.

    Does that make sense?
  6. chicken-owner-31

    chicken-owner-31 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 7, 2007
    Yea, I can only fit 7 in my bator (more if I take out the auto turner and hand turn) so the 1/2 dozen sales are perfect for me. I knew I would want to get the larger bator (and truct me, I do) but I would totally get in trouble with one that could hold 2 dozen at a time! As patient as my hubby is, everyone has a breaking point! [​IMG]
  7. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

    Oct 19, 2009
    Forks, WA
    Yep, often when people sell 6, it is actually "6+" meaning there's going to be anywhere from 8-12 eggs. And, the number is usually for people who have small incubators, or because the seller isn't getting enough eggs at the time to auction more. If they did, half the eggs or less wouldn't be as fresh and be at the risk of fertility.

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