Selling adults for less than babies? Anybody do this?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by ksj0225, Nov 18, 2011.

  1. ksj0225

    ksj0225 Out Of The Brooder

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    I posted an add for ducks for sale and said prices were 5-15 depending on ages as I had babies up to adults. I had one guy show up thinking the adults were 5 dollars....

    Am I missing something??? Obviously I will make my add more detailed next time, but these weren't old culls by any means and we were just thinning the ranks as we have great broody ducks and were just going to sell some before winter hit.

    Does anybody sell this way? With babies being more expensive?
     
  2. Frost Homestead

    Frost Homestead eggmonger

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    I've never heard of selling them like that. the chicks are always less expensive
     
  3. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    For the unenlightened(ignorant) customer you could gently remind them that they ate more than $15 of food to get to that age and you're not of a mind to give money away.
     
  4. dainerra

    dainerra Chillin' With My Peeps

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    it is possible that he assumed the adults were old birds past their prime.
     
  5. Matthew3590

    Matthew3590 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Or he wanted a deal? sense he assumed they won't live as long as the chickies.
     
  6. Scooter&Suzie

    Scooter&Suzie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    For the unenlightened(ignorant) customer you could gently remind them that they ate more than $15 of food to get to that age and you're not of a mind to give money away.

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    I very often find 3 year old chickens being sold for $20 each... IMO that is too much, since they aren't much good for anything, but they seam to sell... I guess there is something I don't know.
     
  7. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

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    Usually they get more expensive as they get older, since you have more feed and work into them. The exception is for old layers. Usually they're cheaper after they've been laying for several years and are being culled from the flock. An older hen for the the stew pot is cheaper than a POI pullet.
     
  8. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Overrun With Chickens

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    Unfortunately, many people give their adult birds away for free when they no longer want them. The public is well trained to think they can get adult poultry for free.

    Mine are priced by quality, and yes, the older birds are more because I have a lot of time and feed invested in them. Plus, they are graded for quality, so you know what you are getting. A duckling might be cheaper, but it is a risk. You can't tell what it will grow up to be.
     
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  9. ChickLover98

    ChickLover98 The Chicken Princess

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    Id say the adults would be more expensive because they are already started and you know exactly what you are getting.
     
  10. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    I've sold birds for as much as $25 each on craigslist including roosters but they were rare.
    I'm listing a Partridge Penedesenca roo on CL today for $30. Wish me luck.
     

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