questions about buying hatching eggs...

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

  1. eggdd

    eggdd Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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 Overrun With Chickens

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    i like to get a dozen and find a couple extras in the box.
     
  3. CrestedGirl

    CrestedGirl Polish Obsessed

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    Quote:Usually they will include extras just in case some of the eggs break while traveling.
     
  4. gamelife

    gamelife Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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. crazypetlady

    crazypetlady Chillin' With My Peeps

    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.
     
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  6. Melissa Rose

    Melissa Rose Chillin' With My Peeps

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

    OldChurchEggery1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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

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    Quote:You get what you pay for. Just sayin'.
     
  9. billiejo21

    billiejo21 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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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