questions about buying hatching eggs...

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by eggdd, Nov 16, 2011.

  1. eggdd

    eggdd Songster

    Jul 12, 2011
    1) why do people sell +s? example: 3 + 1, or 10 + 2. why not just sell 4 or 12 hatching eggs?

    2) why do people just sell 4 eggs? once they've gone through shipping and you account for roosters and all that - - is paying twenty or thirty bucks for four eggs worth it?

  2. cubalaya

    cubalaya Crowing

    Nov 19, 2008
    central virginia
    i like to get a dozen and find a couple extras in the box.
  3. CrestedGirl

    CrestedGirl Polish Obsessed

    Mar 7, 2011
    Fort Worth, Tx
    Quote:Usually they will include extras just in case some of the eggs break while traveling.
  4. gamelife

    gamelife Songster

    Nov 6, 2011
    Sometimes during the auction the hens will lay more then expected and besides that buying shipped eggs is a risk so the seller wants you to have the best hatch rate possible. Say you buy 10+ and get 12
    8 hatch, you could think of it as 80% hatch rate because you paid for 10.
  5. I wonder that as well. I sell hatching eggs but by the number then I put in extras if I have them. Sometimes I don't have any extras I have sent as many as 0 to x2 the number of eggs ordered depending on the hens.
    Last edited: Nov 16, 2011
  6. Melissa Rose

    Melissa Rose Songster

    Aug 14, 2011
    South Texas
    Quote:Some people have the smaller incubators or chicken laws restrict the number of birds they can have [​IMG] [​IMG]
  7. OldChurchEggery1

    OldChurchEggery1 Songster

    Sep 27, 2011
    To answer your second question- I don't think 4 eggs are worth 30 bucks. I wouldn't buy less than a dozen eggs for the reasons you stated- hatch rate and roosters!

  8. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

    Sep 25, 2007
    Quote:You get what you pay for. Just sayin'.
  9. billiejo21

    billiejo21 Chirping

    Oct 16, 2011
    I agree with PP's...the extra eggs are to cover damage that can occur with shipping. I think people sell the auction based on the number of eggs they estimate their hens will lay, and then hope for one or two more to cover breakage, etc. I think people include that information in their auction because it shows they are willing to bear some of the risk for shipping...I appreciate knowing that!!!! As far as selling a small number of eggs...some people have a fewer hens, but that doesn't mean there aren't people out there interested in the birds they are breeding...and I agree with a PP...some people are limited to the number of chickens they can have. If they got 12 eggs, and all 12 hatched [​IMG] , they may need to find homes for 8 of them...not so easy in an urban environment.

    Personally...I prefer to purchase larger amounts of eggs, because I like to account for shipping damage, roosters, etc...if I'm gonna spend 3 weeks hovering over my bator [​IMG]...I want to see at least a couple chicks in the end!! [​IMG]

    BTW...some people pay ALOT more than $30 for 4 eggs...I've seen them go for hundreds per egg...just depends on the breed!!!
  10. eggdd

    eggdd Songster

    Jul 12, 2011
    Quote:Some people have the smaller incubators or chicken laws restrict the number of birds they can have [​IMG] [​IMG]

    well, when i read through these forums, in my opinion, the general consensus is hatching 2-4 eggs from dozen would be considered a good hatch for shipped eggs. anything above that is surprising/unexpected. that said....ok, fair enough. thanks for the info - - i hadn't thought about restrictions and the such.

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