Am I paying too much?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by musikfan6, Jan 16, 2012.

  1. musikfan6

    musikfan6 Out Of The Brooder

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    OK, here's my very first question for you all.

    I'm buying my peeps in March from a local breeder. They are going to charge me $2.60 per peep. Is that too much?
     
  2. mlm Mike

    mlm Mike Sunna and Mani Premium Member Project Manager

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    That's cheaper than hatchery prices. What type are they ?
     
  3. musikfan6

    musikfan6 Out Of The Brooder

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    Well, my local dealer told me that the breed I should go with is called a "gold red" (sexlink) which he says will lay earlier and typically lay for a long time. So it sounds like I'm paying a good price?
     
  4. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Red/Gold sex links, it appears.

    Naw, that's about what the feed stores get, most of the time.
     
  5. debid

    debid Overrun With Chickens

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    I would ask what breeds they are using for their cross. I have read about situations on these boards where people posted pictures of their "sex link" chicks and asked why half of them looked like roosters with "female" coloration. Clearly, the person they bought from had purchased straight-run sex links and then bred them to each other thinking the resulting chicks would be sex links and advertised them as such. It doesn't work that way. So, simply asking that question will let you know whether your breeder is a real breeder or someone hatching their backyard eggs trying to make a few bucks.
     
  6. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Pretty common. The subsequent generations of bred back RSL's are fine enough birds, but they cannot be sexed at hatch and the egg size is seriously reduced, in our experience.
     
  7. JerseyGiantfolk

    JerseyGiantfolk Overrun With Chickens

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    Hmm It depends how many you get, because there's the feed too, feed prices are going through the house, my feed prices for layer is 18.00 now!
     
  8. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    That sounds completely reasonable to me. You don't have to pay for shipping, so that's a plus. Unless you have a TSC.. You could get them there as well. I don't think they would be cheaper though.
     
  9. JerseyGiantfolk

    JerseyGiantfolk Overrun With Chickens

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    Show chicks cost like 5.00 or 10.00 so that's a good price [​IMG]
     
  10. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens


    They can go even higher :) Especially when some hatching eggs go for like 50$ a dozen!
     

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