Daughter wants to know... why do people pay so much for eggs?

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10 Years
Feb 5, 2009
Platina, Ca.
Thought raising chickens up from eggs was suppose to be for fun?? Egg prices are through the roof, it is just silly.
What happend to the lets have fun and trade days? Or pay the shipping and $5.00 dozen if you have nothing to trade?
Daughter wants to know...What the most ya'll have payed? And why?
She thought it was funny watching the eggs on ebay for a week, even my 13 year old has the common sense to know how crazy it is to spend so much.
Tell her your stories Please remember it is for a 13 year old to read, please dont get crazy.


Canning Squirrel
11 Years
Mar 6, 2008
Floresville, Texas
Well, the most I, personally, have paid was...ummm....I think it was like $20 for a half dozen. I would have paid more...this was for my BLRW eggs which were a breed I desperately wanted. I wouldn't pay that for just any eggs, of course. There are lots of people who will trade and lots of mutt eggs you can get for very little. I adore my mutts and wouldn't trade them for the world, either.
So, the price you pay definitely depends on what chickens you want.

Sunny the Hippie Chick

11 Years
Sep 8, 2008
Brookings Oregon
I havent bought chicken eggs yet.. I have bought button quail eggs.. I paid $9 total for 18 eggs, they were shipped. I will know in about 5 days how many made it..

I would love to have some BLRW's from luvmychicknkids... But I dont have a place to keep chickens yet..
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Dread Pirate Roberts

11 Years
Jan 20, 2009
I've paid $70 plus $30 uber-express-shipping for a dozen (actually 15) BCM eggs.

Soon, I'll do it all over again with Wheaten Marans.

Question: Does this indicate a lack of common sense on my part?

Where exactly is the line between "common sense" and "dunce" when it comes to the price one is willing to pay for hatching eggs? Does it vary by breed and/or quality?

Just askin'...



Sassy McSassington
12 Years
Sep 11, 2007
I've paid up to $50 a dozen for eggs. Now to me that doesn't seem absurd. Considering the quality of the birds hatched from them. If you think of it in terms of pets how much would you pay for a dog or cat. $50 for one or two birds that may result from the eggs isn't really bad to me.


Flock Mistress
12 Years
Jun 29, 2007
Kansas~50+ yrs of chickens
I've paid what is probably too much for hatching eggs, but in order to get the quality, breeds, and colors that I wanted I was willing to do it. Spending my money on something like that makes more sense to me than spending that much on a meal out which people do all the time.


11 Years
Apr 28, 2008
SW of Greenwood, INDIANA
Geeze oh Pete, why on Earth would anyone complain about paying somebody $30 or more for a dozen or more/less eggs after the seller has raised the chicken breed, collected the eggs, wrapped them the best that they can to make them safe for shipping,.. ad nausem...
Be glad that they're willing to go through all that so that you can raise some of the breeds that you want.

I can tell you that there's no way that I'd go through all that hassle to help a buyer. I'd give someone who lives close by free eggs, but packing carefully, going to the post office, and then listen to someone's whining because the post office or UPS scrambled all or most of the eggs... Dream on... No way you'd get eggs from ME. I'm just grateful to those who will.

EDIT: I would mail free eggs to personal friends whom I wanted to have chickens, but nobody else. I think it's better than great fortune that we have sellers here on BYC whom we can trust and don't have to depend on Ebay for a source.
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