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What is the going price of a good laying hen?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by blaundee, Sep 28, 2010.

  1. blaundee

    blaundee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 3, 2009
    I'm wondering what the going price for a good laying hen in your area is. Around here people don't want to pay more than $5, and that's for a hen that IS laying, NOT a pullet- maybe $3 for a pullet.
  2. Dora'smom

    Dora'smom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 14, 2009
    I don't know, but I can tell you that $3 is the normal price for a chick up here, and some places they are $5, so either of those prices for a pullet or POL bird up here wouldn't make any sense at all. That is cheap!
  3. Blue

    Blue Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 6, 2010
    I'm not sure about your area, but where I live (Virginia), I've encountered started pullets going for around $15 and chicks and non-laying pullets going from $5 - $10 each.
  4. jmemom

    jmemom Out Of The Brooder

    May 13, 2010
    Here in Ohio it seems laying hens go for about $8 to $10. Chicks are around $3.
  5. Morgan7782

    Morgan7782 Dense Egg Goo

    Mar 22, 2010
    Sacramento CA
    Totally depends on location. Here I could sell a young (24-26 week) old pullet that has started laying for 25/35 dollars pretty easily. A lot of people around here sell 8 week olds and 12 week olds for 15-20 bucks easy.

    I would look at your local craigslist and type in Chicken or Hen in the search bar and see what comes up.
  6. linben

    linben Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 5, 2010
    Austin, TX
    In Austin I have seen 10-25 dollars for a laying hen.
  7. dixieland

    dixieland Blue Eggs by the Bushel

    Oct 7, 2007
    Carthage, TN
    I think it depends on your location and exactly what you're looking for.... I would say $3-$5 for a baby chick would be normal and a pullet at POL could be $12-$20 depending on breed.... I can't speak for a laying hen, as I have never purchased one of that age....Be sure you are comfortable with the person you are buying from ( everyone on here that I have encountered has been great) as it's tough to tell the age of an adult chicken. I am told that some unscrupulous folks put older birds who are no longer laying well on places like craigslist.....
  8. NoelTate

    NoelTate Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 8, 2008
    Mobile, AL
    I'm in Mobile, AL, and the rate for young pullets and laying hens both is around $8-$12. I rarely see them for more than 12. Sometimes I see mixed breeds for as little as $5-$6, but that is rare. 8-12 is much more common.
  9. HaikuHeritageFarm

    HaikuHeritageFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 7, 2010
    Anchorage, AK
    $25+ for a laying hen up here. I talked to a lady yesterday that was offered $50 for a pretty average 2 yr old BCM, just because she wanted the eggs!

    Really, though, you have that much in them in feed by the time they start laying, so it's pretty much break-even.
  10. blaundee

    blaundee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 3, 2009
    LOL There is no craigslist for my area! I live in the boonies, literally.

    I know it depends on where you are, so that's why I'm asking what the going price is in YOUR area. I'm not looking to buy a bird, I'm just wanting to know what they go for around the country. [​IMG]

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