How much do chicks usually cost to buy?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by tdunst, Jan 14, 2008.

  1. tdunst

    tdunst New Egg

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    I'm thinking of getting around maybe 4-8 how much do they usually sell for?
     
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Depends where you get them. Here hatchery type chicks go for 4-8 a piece, while I've seen "show quality" chicks go for upwards of 25 a chick. If you order from a hatchery, they are usually 2-4 each, but you have to factor in shipping, small order, and box fees. Pullets are usually about 10% or so more expensive than straight run.
     
  3. tdunst

    tdunst New Egg

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    Okay thanks
     
  4. s6bee

    s6bee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    See if you have a feed store that will be having any chicks this spring. You can maybe pick an order from there. I orderd 4 chicks and got an extra free one, but my order because I didn't get more than 25 had an extra $25 fee on top of it. Ouch, ( of course didn't tell the husband that ), so my order was pushing $70 when all was said and done.
    Also check on line here to see if anyone will be hatching. Many of the folks sell/trade here. Put out a request. You never know.
     
  5. chicksnducks

    chicksnducks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    where are you?
     
  6. Malbri

    Malbri Chillin' With My Peeps

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    At the feed&farm here they were about 1.75 each, but that was 8 years ago
     
  7. skeeter

    skeeter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    you should be able to buy pullets for about 2 bucks at a feed store,even if you had to drive a few miles it would be cheaper than mail order for that many,feed stores dont make much on chicks its the waters, feeders, and feed they get you on
     
  8. Frozen Feathers

    Frozen Feathers Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2007
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    If you want variety, go through a hatchery, but if that doesn't matter, most feed stores will have decent layer type chicks in the spring. Around here, you can only get them from the feed store if you order in spring and then they only have 8 different breeds. [​IMG]
     
  9. mdbucks

    mdbucks Cooped Up

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    Quote:OUCH is right, $20 per bird (oh forgot the free one) so $14 a bird still OUCH for that I would have brought you a couple. MPC I bet [​IMG]


    Are you looking for a specific breed? Where you located.

    With gas prices, I guess if you have to drive 20 miles each way maybe best to order like above.
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  10. Ga Chicken Mom

    Ga Chicken Mom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A farm and feed store in the town 20 mi north had quite a few different breeds for $3.50 each for sexed chicks and $2.50 each for straight run. Last summer we got 3 Doms, 3 Orps and 3 RIR, all are beautiful girls and laying well.
     

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