Why are hatching eggs so expensive

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Berynn, Jan 5, 2008.

  1. Berynn

    Berynn Cooped Up

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    I bought my baby chicks at Dan's feed store in Peris California for less than two dollars for one, Why are fertalized eggs more than the price of a baby chick?
     
  2. Fancy Feather Poultry

    Fancy Feather Poultry Cooped Up

    May 30, 2007
    It depends what eggs your looking at, a dozen of mutt eggs could cost 2$.

    And then NPIP eggs or show Quality eggs can run from 20-50$



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  3. sara

    sara Title Needed Here

    It depends on the eggs how much they cost. many times a large portion of the price is shipping costs. Hatching eggs alow you the opportunity to get show quality chicks or at least birds bred to the standard, from quality breeders. Hatchery birds are anyones guess.
     
  4. Cara

    Cara Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 30, 2007
    NM
    Hatching eggs from McMurray are $40 and up plus shipping for 10 assorted breeds.
     
  5. Flufnstuffs~FluffySilkies

    Flufnstuffs~FluffySilkies Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2007
    NY
    My Silkie eggs are expensive because of the original cost of the stock I purchased. If I had gone with pet quality or hatchery birds I would not be getting what I do for eggs.
    You can find cheep hatching eggs,
    I just sent a box of eggs to WA and I was shocked when they said thats 14.10 for prioeity mail with a tracking slip.

    A couple years ago when the A Flue scare stopped the local feed store from ordering baby chicks I told Steph "MY DAUGHTER" that if she wanted to buy eggs from the local farmer at 2 dollors a dozen hatch them and sell them for $2.00 each she could...
    I put a sign out and people stoped and paid a deposit for how many they wanted. I told them ahead of time if they did not pick them up by day 3 that I would have to chare another $1.00 each.
    IT WAS fun and she got a little extra pocket money.
    she bought a pair of shoes and a new swiming suit.

    I have no Idea what kind of chickens they were I just told people they were big brown egg layers.


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  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    For example, the Blue Orpingtons I have, the couple of hatcheries that sell them at all, sell them for a minimum of $5 per chick (not sexed, either) plus shipping. I've seen them for $6.50 per straight run chick, too. You can get eggs from my birds for alot less than $5 per egg and get nice breeder quality birds to boot.
     
  7. Berynn

    Berynn Cooped Up

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    15.00 for 12 ossorted rir's, black sex link, buff orpingtons, white leg horn,ee's plus 11.00 for shiping

    and 10.50 for 6 cuckoo maran plus 10.00 for shiping

    Does that seem fair to you. I understand the shiping
    This will be the first time I bought eggs for hatching, If someone can tell me a good place to get my eggs let me know. I won these on ebay
     
  8. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    I know a good place, right here! Some have had mixed reviews on places like ebay, but seem to do well here. I haven't tried hatching any shipped eggs though.
     
  9. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

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    I bought my chicks from a hatchery - because it was easy, safe and they were chicks not eggs. (no bator)

    I do plan to buy eggs in the spring (with the luck I get a broody girl) and I'm happy to buy quality eggs (chicks) from a person who is striving to create or keep a good breed going strong.
    I know I wo'nt ever have the time or patience to keep certain chickens apart to get a nice pure breed, and at the same time, I do want to HAVE a nice true to standard good quality bird.
    I am happier to pay more to an individule than to a hatchery, I think each breeder puts a lot of time and effort into their little set up!

    If I can't afford the chicken breed I want this year - I might wait, but I think I can afford it, and with luck I will get a good hatch! (NO ROOS - LOL)
     
  10. fdnick

    fdnick Master Chicken Hoarder

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    Facts are Facts.. You WILL NOT get the quality from a hatchery that you will get from a private breeder who matches the roo with the hen to maximize the chicks potential.. period... alot of the folks stated out with the top stuff from the top breeders and they will get top dollar for thier chicks and or future eggs :O)
    I am not saying you will not get nice birds or even standard birds from a hatchery but they buy thier eggs from mass breeders who just sell the eggs not the history thats behind each egg or chick.. as in show quality won this or that or even f4 or f5 from imported stock.. anyhoo just do your research and FILL THE BATOR [​IMG]
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