How to price hatching eggs?

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How to price hatching eggs?

Post by Duckie » 09 Feb 2009, 18:58

and other questions....

Both Andalucian girls are laying now and people seem interested in the eggs so

* At the moment the eggs are still quite small and yolks are disporportionately large - is there an age guide to when their eggs should be ok to hatch? I don't want to sell eggs which will fail because of lack of white for the developing chicks!

* what's a fair price for hatching eggs? The money will go into the food fund as normal so I'm not looking to make a fortune, but they're meant to be rare so I'd like to price them fairly for both sides!

* whats a accceptable age for an egg before it gets sent/sold? a week? I keep eggs in a cool corner of the kitchen, would that be ok for the hatching eggs too?

* Am I supposed to do some type of fertility test or should I assume fertile unless people tell me otherwise? (if not fertile its not for lack of cockeral enthusiasm!). If none hatch is a money back guarantee expected?

* Any tips for posting eggs? Can I do it well wrapped in normal boxes and bubble wrap and can I trust royal mail?

* Any tips on vetting owners and managing expectations? Commonsense tells me not every egg will hatch and not every one will be a pullet but I can't accept returned cockerals and I don't want to be the cause of poorly kept chickens.

I've been looking online and to be honest some of the stuff looks like its a con to me so its hard to gauge what is a good average price from a hobbiest provider and whats unreasonable.

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Re: How to price hatching eggs?

Post by Henwife » 09 Feb 2009, 20:05

Test incubate some first or ask if anybody will do it for you, only paying your P&P costs. A week's incubation is long enough to be sure how many are fertile & you should aim for at least 80% fertile before selling. Hatching eggs are sold as 'believed fertile' so you need some basis for the belief. Eggs should be kept cool and sent so they arrive no more than a week after laying, preferably less. Well wrapped & put into egg boxes inside another box works well (I prefer the polyboxes myself as they are very light). Price for the minimum you would accept for 6, or a set price per egg - I sell at £1 per egg + £1 per polybox (6 eggs) + postage. The latter depends on whether they want Special or Recorded delivery. Don't offer 1st class on eBay - you need to know they received the eggs. You have no responsibility for the hatch rate or sex of the chicks.
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Re: How to price hatching eggs?

Post by milkmaid » 10 Feb 2009, 09:25

i'm quite happy to pay a pound an egg even if they haven't been tested as long as it is made clear ,
i've paid up to 2.50 an egg ,(for white dorkings as rare as hens teeth) :(
tend to except that the post here is rough on eggs ,i've had better hatching rates from eggs sent in egg boxes with eggs wrapped,
as for looking after the birds i tend to think selling live birds is much more of a risk ,if the people are dreadful hen keepers they probably will not be able to get them to hatch anyway ,i've had 2 times this year were i wish i'd never sold birds to people ,they asked me to ,one person breed from them even though ,i advised them not to because ducks cause mud and they gave away all of them after they made a mess #-o incuding cass ,i didn't want the 15 male muscovies though #-o ,and somebody else who got a neighbour to cull the birds i gave her ,they ate eggs ,i asked if theyhad tried darking the nest box ,she said she couldn't be bothered ,i'd have taken these back as well .to be honest it's put me off selling live birds ,although i would sell hatching eggs
just personal opinion ;)
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Re: How to price hatching eggs?

Post by Henwife » 10 Feb 2009, 11:07

Yes, specialist eggs you do have to pay more for, and I always keep a lookout for white Dorkings for you - I've never seen any yet, though I know they exist. And eggs from known first class breeders/exhibitors will cost more. My pricing runs along the lines of 'I've got more eggs than I need, I've tested for fertility, somebody else might want some for hatching.'
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Re: How to price hatching eggs?

Post by milkmaid » 10 Feb 2009, 11:12

agreed henwife ,thank you for that , :grin: ,i do know the most chicks i've ever hatched have come from you henwife ,quite a few years ago and they are still going :grin:,i was going to only try to hatch white dorking this year but saw some birds on here ,that i'm tempted by :oops:
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Re: How to price hatching eggs?

Post by Duckie » 10 Feb 2009, 19:57

Thank you - very helpful :)

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