Price difference btwn hatcheries

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by coloradochick, Jan 6, 2009.

  1. coloradochick

    coloradochick Songster

    Dec 19, 2007
    Brighton, CO
    Not sure if I'm posting this in the right place but...Looking at the price per Salmon Faverolle, one hatchery charges $4.51 and the other charges $2.40. Is there really that big of a difference in the quality of the bird?
  2. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

    Jan 12, 2007
    Land of Lincoln
    Its usually how hard it is for them to access the hatching eggs if the breeders are local and others are just a price mark up.
  3. miss_jayne

    miss_jayne Lady_Jayne

    Jun 26, 2008
    Columbiaville, MI
    Quote:it's not just the quality or even the quality. sometimes the shipping and handling will end up making the difference. check the totals first.

    also, it will depend on if it is a huge hatchery or private, the quality as mentioned of said stock etc.

    some require a minimum purchase by breed, total number etc. and there are charges for small orders.
  4. lockedhearts

    lockedhearts It's All About Chicken Math

    Apr 29, 2007
    Not sure. All my hatchery birds have come from Ideal, they are all very nice.
    Most are close to the standard.

    I am wondering if the one that charges more actually buys their chicks elsewhere and resales? Some "hatcheries" do that
  5. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Crowing

    May 8, 2007
    Definitely make sure you look at shipping and handling! Some hatcheries have cheaper chicks but you pay more for shipping and handling. They know everybody notices the chick pricing and many people don't think to look at the shipping and handling.
  6. Boggy Bottom Bantams

    Boggy Bottom Bantams Crowing

    Mar 9, 2008
    Hahira, GA
  7. hinkjc

    hinkjc Crowing Premium Member

    Jan 11, 2007
    You have to keep in mind that many of the hatcheries charge more because they are ordering them from a bigger hatchery to fill your order. Thus, their profit. When you order, ask if they have birds on the premises and if you can visit their hatchery. If not, move on to another one. You can also ask outright if they're a drop shipping hatchery...most will tell you if they are. Don't pay drop-shipping fees..get em from the source.

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