How much should I pay for silkie chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by theCoolAimee, Nov 14, 2011.

  1. theCoolAimee

    theCoolAimee Out Of The Brooder

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    I had some offered to me after I posted an add on CL. The youngest she had were 2 weeks old at $6/chick. is this too much?? I've never bought any silkie chicks before, maybe they're just more expensive? (just plain white, not for showing- just pets)
     
  2. RhodeRunner

    RhodeRunner Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Prices vary depending on the seller, and the quality of fowl that they are offering.

    On average a hatchery quality Silkie chick is $4.00 (including shipping). Is asking $1.00 per week expensive? Let's consider picking up the animals, caring for them, supplies, electricity, possible loss of chicks she paid for, and the time it takes to communicate with you. The only person this lady is ripping off is herself.
     
  3. wbruder17

    wbruder17 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No, $6 is not too much. An average day old chick of a regular laying breed around here goes for 5.95. The more exotic, the more exppensive. I've seen some for as much as $8.95!
     
  4. lincolnsilkies

    lincolnsilkies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think that is very cheap for a silkie! considering all the care they have had to put in it the last 6 weeks
     
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  5. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    That sounds like a good price to me for that age. Especially during this time of year when it can be hard to find birds.
     
  6. FourPawz

    FourPawz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Frankly, you get what you pay for. Do you want a flock of silkies that actually look like silkies, or do you want something that might resemble a silkie, but then again, it might not?

    Remember, it costs just as much to feed, house and care for a mediocre bird from a mediocre flock as it costs to feed pretty pet silkies that came from a breeder who cares about the breed. The purchase price is only a small part of the cost of your flock. Keep in mind, down the road you'll be able to sell your eggs and/or chicks more easily if they come from good parents.
     
  7. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    I bought 2 silkie pullets for $15.00 total. They are from 3 months - 5 months old. Really nice quality, more uncommon of a colour than white (blue and partridge). I bought a SQ roo for $15.00 at a year old. I also bought a PQ blue hen for $15.00.

    In conclusion, no, I don't think that's too much. [​IMG]
     
  8. Stephanie739

    Stephanie739 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If the chicks are cared for, cute, and you really want them, $6 is really not much even for a backyard mix, imo [​IMG] I will probably sell mine for $5 - $10 depending on age and other specifics at some point in time.

    I've saw the brahma egg auction end with the highest bid at $600 and something. THAT is too expensive, imo ~ crazy more like it! But if the demand and the money is there, make some money I say! [​IMG] [​IMG]

    Get the silkies if you want them and have the money. I'm sure they will make lovely pets. [​IMG]
     
  9. AshleyW

    AshleyW Out Of The Brooder

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    I paid 5.50 per chick when I got my 4 silkies, I got them the same day they hatched.
     
  10. flspnr

    flspnr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I got my silkies a couple of weeks ago, they were 6 a piece and so I got 3. I paid 3 a piece for hatchery RIRs, so I think 6 for silkies isn't bad, since they're so cute and fluffy and I really wanted them! [​IMG]
     

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