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Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by ki4got, Jan 1, 2012.

  1. ki4got

    ki4got Hatch-a-Holic

    Apr 24, 2011
    Roanoke VA
    if you do, what do you charge for it?

    I'd like to turn an addiction into a potential side business, but don't know what would be considered reasonable to charge for such a thing...

    i would be willing to hatch shipped or local eggs (they supply the eggs).

    appreciate any input you care to give.


  2. grammypam

    grammypam Songster

    Mar 16, 2010
    I charge $15 to hatch. Up to 42 eggs. I ask for a $25 deposit which I return when they pick up the chicks. I don't do it for profit. Just a hobby.
  3. SChunn

    SChunn Chirping

    Aug 17, 2011
    Cleveland, Tx
    I've seen an add here in Houston on Craigslist. They charge $2 per live chick hatched. Not sure how they do with the business but they can also supply the eggs.
  4. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    I charge $2.50 per chick. I learned a very valuable lesson. A fellow wanted 50 BO chicks so I hatched them for him and he paid for them. Now it's over 2 months later and I still have the chicks. He did buy a bag of feed but I have more invested in these chicks than what he paid for them. I will take a deposit (non-refundable) if they don't pick up the chicks within a week with the balance due then the chicks are mine too.
  5. Hot2Pot

    Hot2Pot Fox Hollow Rabbitry

    Feb 1, 2010
    West TN
    One lady I know keeps half of the chicks that hatch as her fee. Another person I used to give a bag of feed each time she hatched for me. Whatever works ;-)
  6. rancher hicks

    rancher hicks Crowing

    Feb 28, 2009
    Syracuse, NY
    Quote:I realize some may think a contract has to be written up by a lawyer but that isn't necessarily so. Next time have them sign to your agreement.

    In your case I would definitely be running meter for each day of care and send him a "certified return receipt" letter letting him know what he owes you at this point. Also I would state a time limit to pick up the chicks or they are forfeit as is his money. If you make the designate the letter "restricted" then he is the only one who can sign for it and you'll be certain he got it.

    What ever you do get it in writing.

    I wish you well ,

  7. sunny & the 5 egg layers

    sunny & the 5 egg layers Crowing

    Mar 29, 2011
    I like this thread. This is a good idea. A nice way to get a chick fix when the itch comes on. [​IMG] Darn chicken math, I tell ya.

  8. ki4got

    ki4got Hatch-a-Holic

    Apr 24, 2011
    Roanoke VA
    ok my thought was, $1 per egg set, paid up front, and 1.50 for each chick when picked up... that way they don't give me grocery eggs or something and get a laugh when nothing hatches.

    same for shipped eggs, but i'd have them have the eggs shipped to me pref, so they can get in the 'bator immediately.

    anyone thing that sounds out of line?
  9. rancher hicks

    rancher hicks Crowing

    Feb 28, 2009
    Syracuse, NY
    Quote:Whatever you do get it in writing.
  10. jessica.anne

    jessica.anne In the Brooder

    Dec 21, 2011
    South Carolina Midlands
    A friend of mine does this. She has a large cabinet style incubator and charges 30.00 per hatch, no matter how many eggs you bring. She also has a form that she has people sign that states she's not responsible for hatch rate.

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