Was it worth it?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by SkyWarrior, Dec 27, 2011.

  1. SkyWarrior

    SkyWarrior Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 2, 2010
    Wilds of Montana
    I've been curious about some of the bidding that has been going on with different eggs. I've seen some eggs go as high as $200! [​IMG] Given my unlucky experience with shipped eggs, I have to ask those who paid a lot of money for eggs: did you get a good hatch rate and were you happy with the results? Did you feel this was money well spent? [​IMG]

    I understand the desire to have various fowl (I really do!), but the price amazes me. [​IMG]
  2. madamwlf

    madamwlf Nevermore Acres

    Aug 22, 2010
    Mount Airy, MD
    Yes it is well worth it to get some sellers prized eggs. Sellers that have eggs that go for a lot usually take extra care in packing as well. I have some beautiful showgirls from some nice eggs I won.
  3. mississippifarmboy

    mississippifarmboy collects slightly damaged strays

    I have paid a good bit for hatching eggs to get a breed or variety I could get no other way. I have several birds on the place now that when you look at the price I paid for the eggs and divide it by the amount of chicks that hatched... Well, let's just say some of those day old chicks cost me $50.00 or more each. [​IMG]

    I've had hatch rates on shipped eggs from zero up to about 60%. It depends on so many things, mainly in my opinion, the way they are packed and the way they are treated by the post office.

    Would I do it again? Yes. I intend to when I can afford it. I'm not into fads, but some of the heritage breeds I love and want are only availible in great quality from select breeders and to get the stock I want I'll have to pay the price they want.

    The way I look at it is this. Even if I wind up with a 100 bucks in a pair of birds I love and am happy with, I'm ok with that. Because I'll be hatching and raising from these birds for the rest of my life.

    Everyone is different though. I think 99% off the high selling eggs are going to people who think they are going to raise some and get in on the fad, sell eggs for a ton of money and get rich. You can make a small fortune on hatching eggs. All it takes is a lot of work, luck, and a large fortune to get started.


  4. LiLRedCV

    LiLRedCV Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 25, 2010
    Land of the Rain
    I wonder if some of the buyers are actually more local and can go pick up the eggs in person vs having them shipped?
  5. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    I have had pretty good luck with shipped eggs. I get around a 60% + hatch which I think is good. Out of one dozen I had 4 out of 12 hatched but for the most part it has been 60% to 65% hatches.

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