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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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

    Morgan7782 Dense Egg Goo

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    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

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    In Austin I have seen 10-25 dollars for a laying hen.
     
  7. dixieland

    dixieland Blue Eggs by the Bushel

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    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

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    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

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    $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

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    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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