Pricing for Muscovies?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Julie_A, Sep 16, 2009.

  1. Julie_A

    Julie_A Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What's a fair price to ask for four-month-old muscovies? They are pied blue. These are our first and I have no idea what to advertise them for.

    Thanks!!!!
     
  2. MDC

    MDC Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Someone once said they're worth what someone is willing to pay for them. Doesn't help much, but it's the absolute truth.

    I sell day old pieds for $4 a bird. Locally I sell fully feathered juveniles and adult ducks for $4 and drakes for $5 to the meat buyer. He can get $8 and $10 a bird from the 'ethnic market'. I've heard in Denver, once upon a time, you could sell full grown drakes for $20-$25 to the ethnic market. I don't worry about selling to the ethnic market personally because the extra effort it involves. I catch my birds & deliver to his farm and get cash. He keeps the birds and has people coming out to his place at all hours and 7 days a week, stomping all over, haggling, etc. etc. So while his price is higher his costs are higher.

    I can sell an adult anywhere from $12-$25 simply by shipping them. Of course, a pied I usually never ask more than $12 or $15 for. Some of my solid birds I'll ask more. If they were 'exhibition quality' that price could increase dramatically.

    Anyway, all of that to say that if you have the right market, you can sell them for much higher than what someone else could the same bird.

    If it were me, my birds, and my 'environment', I'd probably ask $6 or $8 ea. or $5 if someone took all that I needed to sell.
     
  3. Julie_A

    Julie_A Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks! I really appreciate the input!!! Someone down here is advertising juveniles for $20 each on craigslist. Seemed a little steep to me.
     

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