I have people that contact me frequently wanting hens. Their hen or hens either has been killed by a predator or got sick and died. They desperately want and need a hen but they really don't want to spend a lot of money on a hen. I can understand them not wanting to spend a lot of money. BUT on the other hand, in their eyes, it would be wonderful if you sold your hen for little of nothing or perhaps no more than $20.00. Well, that's just not going to happen at my place. I started thinking and I got out my records for 2013 and jotted down the number of eggs that were layed and the number of eggs that were hatched and the number of poults that were sold. That number was a high number. Whether or not the buyer will sell the eggs layed or poults hatched by the hen is up to them but for me to sell a hen at a $20.00 price is highway robbery. Here are the figures that 1 hen brings me on a yearly basis. My hens will go broody 2 - 3 times each year. But we will use a 2 time broody hen to get basic profit for eggs and/or poults. 1 hen = 12 eggs layed each time (2 times broody) = 24 eggs. If I chose to let the hen hatch the eggs or if I chose to hatch the eggs in the incubator and I have a 100% hatch rate (and I usually do), the 24 poults are sold @ $12.00 each. 24 poults x $12.00 brings in a profit of $288.00 if I sell the poults within a week . If I keep them any longer, the price increases every week by $1.00 (cost of feeding them). And let's not even talk about if half of those poults are not sold and they grow to be adolescents/adults, the profit to be made that way. If the hen only lays eggs and does not go broody for 3 months and lays (let's just say) 75 eggs and I sell all 75 eggs @ $3.00 each. That hen brings in a $225.00 profit. This profit ($225.00 to $288.00) is the same that a buyer can make off of the hen that I sell him (if that's what they chose to do). Now if I sell 2 hens to this same person and Hen 1 hatches all eggs both times and Hen 2 only lays eggs (based on a 3 month period - my hens layed eggs for 10 month this year ($750.00 worth of eggs for 10 months of egg laying), my profit is $513.00 for 3 egg laying for 3 months). So, for me to sell 1 hen for $20.00 or 2 hens for $40.00, I am missing a profit of $205.00 - $268.00 for 1 hen or $509.00 for both hens. A selling price of $20.00 is absolutely ludicrous. Even if I sold the hen for $30.00 is still too low. I know that we all know that prices of turkeys will vary based on city/state/region/area and based on popularity. Either way, you have to price your hens at a price that you can sell them. Even if a buyer wants a hen for a pet or just eye candy in their yard. That reason won't change that hen's future in laying eggs and hatching poults. You can't tell the hen that it's going to be a pet and it shouldn't lay any eggs or set on any eggs and hatch poults. That ain't happening. So the probability to profit on that hen is still there. Also, for me, I use my hens to hatch other eggs (ducks, peafowl and goose - for profit as well). So that is another profit that I get from the hen and won't get if I sell a hen for below the price that they are worth. Just remember to not sell your turkeys too low. The profit listed above does not even include the price of feed that we owners spend, which brings that profit down. That is another factor as well. Feed is not free or cheap. We can't go in the feed store and tell them what we want to pay for feed. The feed price is what is it. We take it or leave it. So start thinking about what you all want to do for 2014 as far as you selling your eggs and poults. Do your research now and come up with your game plan, so you will be ready when laying season comes. Laying season will be in another month or 2 for me and I'm so ready. I'm going into laying season with 12 hens, so I'm hoping for a productive year. Wishing everyone good luck with their turkeys.