how much are chicken worth?

thepremo1

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im going to get my chickens this week, and my neighbor just told me he would like some chickens and if i could pick up four for him that would be great i told him no problem.
he doesnt have a brooder set up or anything, so i said it wouldnt bother me to raise um till about a month, but what are you going to pay for the chickens. he said hows $3 sound, i said sh** the chicks cost almost $2 a peice, plus i have to take care of em for a month. i was thinking 10, but then thats 40 dollars, and that seems like too much. how about how much would you say their worth at about a month old
 

canada-goose

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It all depends on breed, quality, health and the price the seller wants.
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Illia

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That's not too much at all. What's wrong with taking care of chickens? I'm kind of confused - Most people buy them as chicks, infact, lots of us buy them even as eggs to incubate - Then you can see the whole process and get attached at day 1.
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That price is pretty good, considering I usually pay $6-12 a chick, but I don't really look for average chickens. . . I look for something with quality and particular breeds.

With adult hens and roosters or young pullets and cockerels, the price could be anywhere from $10 on up.
 

thepremo1

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how old were they? if thats what you make off just month olds im going to start sell pullets.

their nothing special, just some ISAs or comits
 

Olive Hill

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Given you're only paying $2 per chick it's probably safe to assume these are hatchery/feed store chicks -- run of the mill, nothing special -- in which case I think $10 is a bit steep. But more than that I think it really depends on the context of "so i said it wouldnt bother me to raise um till about a month". Were you chatting casually and he mentioned his lack of brooder and you OFFERED? That to me sounds like more of a neighborly favor than a money making endeavor so I wouldn't charge him much more than the cost you have into them if any above that at all. If he asked you to start them for him, that's a different matter. Then he's seeking your expertise and service and you'd be, imo, in the right to take it as a business venture, not just a friendly deed done for a neighbor.
 

thepremo1

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im not really trying to make money, but ive never raised chicks before this is my first time, so i really dont know how much extra it will cost to feed 4more chicks or a month, for how much extra work ill be doing.
 
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Chicky Tocks

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Factor in the cost of the electricity for the heat lamp, the pine chips you'll probably buy to keep them on, the feed, probably a 25 lb bag of chick starter and then the cost of the chick it'self, then divide that by two. You have to clean the brooder anyway so I wouldn't really charge extra to actually do the work that comes with growing them up.

I personally don't charge $10 each until they're about 3 months old. However, that's just a couple bucks over the overhead.

4 chicks X $2.00 - $8
1 25# bag of chick starter...$12 here divided by 2 - $6.00
1 bag of pine chips (the big one you get at TSC - $8.00 divided by 2 = $4.00
Electricity to brood under a 250 watt lamp - Priceless!
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- no seriously maybe $20 divided by 2 - $10


Meh...I'd charge him $30.00 and you might come out making $2.00 for your efforts.
 

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