because I am so new to chickens, I think I am a sucker!!! I recently placed an order for chicks from a hatchery. I paid extra for pullets (which is only 90% accurate anyway) I also paid a boxing fee for choosing specific breeds, plus shipping and handling...for a total of 25 - day old pullets, I spent around $88 averaging out to about $4/chick. I went to a local farm (to pick up a side of beef) and was pleasantly surprised to see all of his chickens!! Probably well over a thousand!!! Now of course his hen house was a huge pole barn, but they all did free range! He had them all over the yard. My farm friend said, he purchases the chicks around 50 cents apiece (he buys 2000 at a time) but sells them for $1.50 a piece. He was shocked that I paid so much!! He had all of the breeds that I had ordered!! I feel like such a dope!! I know where I will be getting all of my future chicks!! He also said in a couple years when mine are slowing down their laying, he will buy them from me and sell me all my new chicks. This farmer is a good friend of my dad's and has been running his farm for well over 20 years. He has everything from cows, goats, sheep, deer, to peacocks, guinneas, quail, chickens, turkeys, chourkeys (he crossbred a chicken and turkey) parakeets, everything you can imagine!!! I was amazed at all he had!! He said he would be happy to give me any advice I need!! my question is: what is the average price people pay for chicks? Did I totally get taken by ordering from the hatchery? Is there any benefit from hatchery vs farmer? Thanks!!