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Price of 1yr and 2yr old chickens
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Marg    Posted 03-15-2004 at 08:59:17       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Recently, our neighbor's dog killed 12 of our heavy breed hens. 8 were just 8months old and 4 were 1 1/2 years old. After much thought, we have decided to charge him just to replace the chickens and swallow the loss of egg income. However, I can not determine the cost of this age chickens. I have called the local extension agency with not much luck. Any sellers out there with cost estimate??


Krista    Posted 03-15-2004 at 11:38:56       [Reply]  [Send Email]
This happens to me a lot. Man's best friend is no friend of mine when it comes to my chickens, excluding the dogs I now have to guard my chickens.

I charge from $5 to $15 a head depending on the rarity/commonness of the breed, age, etc. Replacement costs on Leghorns in their first year of production run around $4 a head for me, dual purpose breeds like Rhodies, Rocks, or Australorps get $6 a head. Get full replacement value, not what it'd cost to replace them with chicks since that'd set you back a good 8 months. If you are unable to obtain replacements locally, tack on the cost of shipping in adult replacements. That's what I did when my neighbor's free roaming Labradors killed my flock of Black Javas. He paid $5 each plus shipping costs.


CAH    Posted 03-15-2004 at 11:37:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
around here you can buy layers for $6 each. Pullets for less. We sold layers and pullets last year for $5. I would think you could find chickens to replace your for around that price at small animal auctions.


jf    Posted 03-15-2004 at 10:44:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
charge him 20 a piece. Replacement cost accounted for.


Ron/PA    Posted 03-15-2004 at 10:40:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
Marg, when I worked with commercial leghorn flocks, it was common pricing of $2.20 for a 20 week old pullet ready to go into production, additionally it was always a goal to see $1.00 per bird PROFIT! Now that won't cover your costs, you'll have to figure them yourself, however if you can get a rough idea of your total input from your other birds you may be able to come up with a fair figure. You will have to factor in that all of my numbers are atleast 20 years old,,(sigh)
Later
Ron


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