How much are laying hens worth?

Discussion in 'Chicken Breeders & Hatcheries' started by AndersonFamillyFarm, May 19, 2019.

  1. 10$ or less

    2 vote(s)
    15.4%
  2. 15$

    3 vote(s)
    23.1%
  3. 20$

    7 vote(s)
    53.8%
  4. 25$ or more

    1 vote(s)
    7.7%
  1. AndersonFamillyFarm

    AndersonFamillyFarm In the Brooder

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    I was wondering how much I should be selling for stared pullets and laying hens. What do you think is a fair price for chickens?
     
  2. Brahma Chicken5000

    Brahma Chicken5000 Araucana Addict

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    Price varies on breed and how much money you have invested into them. If you are trying to turn a profit by hatching or raising chicks to point of lay pullets they will be more expensive than say someone who buys 4 month old pullets and turns around and sells them.
     
  3. AndersonFamillyFarm

    AndersonFamillyFarm In the Brooder

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    Yes I understand about how much money you put into them and when you buy them and the breed are all factors for the cost. For a run of the mill breed and from hatch to laying hen how much are they worth?
     
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  4. PirateGirl

    PirateGirl Chicken Lover, Duck Therapist

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    Totally depends the breed. I have paid $60 for rare breed started pullets and the breeder promised to take back/trade any late blooming roos. I wouldn’t pay more than $10 or $15 for a mix or production bird and wouldn’t be interested in any hen over 2 years old.
     
  5. keesmom

    keesmom Crowing

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    It's going to depend on your local market. In some places people want fancy layers and are willing to pay a premium price; in others buyers want high production birds at a bargain price. You will have to find out what's selling in your area.
     
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  6. Brahma Chicken5000

    Brahma Chicken5000 Araucana Addict

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    Run of the mill? You mean hatchery stock/sourced birds I assume.
    If you are looking to make a profit on these birds then you must raise hundreds of birds and buy feed by the truckload. Otherwise you are going to have to sell them for $25+ a pullet.
     
  7. PirateGirl

    PirateGirl Chicken Lover, Duck Therapist

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    Color matters too, a buff Orpington would sell for far less than a lavender. A GLW would sell for far less than a blue laces red Wyandotte.
     
  8. AndersonFamillyFarm

    AndersonFamillyFarm In the Brooder

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    Thanks for the reply I have so many different types of breeds that I don’t know how much to charge! Thanks for the help
     
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  9. AndersonFamillyFarm

    AndersonFamillyFarm In the Brooder

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    I have bantam speckled Sussex, Crele Orpington, and Blue Laced Red Wyandottes! If any one is familiar with these breeds and knows how much hatching eggs chicks etc are worth I would love to know!!! I just got back into selling chickens again so its been awhile!
     
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  10. Brahma Chicken5000

    Brahma Chicken5000 Araucana Addict

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    Show quality vs pet quality will influence price as well.
     
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