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Finally the price of fertile eggs are up

Iv noticed that pure breed hatching eggs in ireland are finally creeping up to what they sell for in England and northern Ireland. It's about time people see the value in good breeds.
What are fertile eggs selling for in your area, and what breeds are more expensive?

swan 555
Monday, May 18th, 2020

How do you know , without incubating, that the eggs are fertile? Thanks.

Desy
Tuesday, May 19th, 2020

You dont, but most reputable sellers will hatch some first to see the fertility rate is good before selling.

swan 555
Tuesday, May 19th, 2020

Exactly you don't!. So they should not be advertised as 'Fertile' hatching eggs.

Desy
Tuesday, May 19th, 2020

Personally I feel that hatching eggs are sometimes overpriced- you could end up paying €50 for 12 eggs- you’d get a good breeding bird for that- put another €50 in and you have a pair. Much easier and safer than spending so much money on hatching eggs. At least if you source a quality pair, you know what you have, whereas with hatching eggs you haven’t a clue what is going to come out of the eggs.

People also need to remember - just because the parents are ‘prize winners’ doesn’t mean that the chicks from their eggs will be!

FionnG
Tuesday, May 19th, 2020

When I useta be looking for a new breed I often bought old stock 3/4 year old birds and bred pullets of them then sourced a cock elsewhere.Worked out cheaper in the long run.Never into showing but always wanted the bred right

brian k
Tuesday, May 19th, 2020

I wouldn't be buying hatching eggs on this Island not unless it was from a very reputable source far to much dirt about being labelled as pure bred show quality and so on and so fourth just take a look at done deal theres eggs being sold of there from birds that dont even resemble a pure breed that look that sick it would be even doubtful that they would lay at all.

paddycrawford
Tuesday, May 19th, 2020

I think the price of eggs really depends on the quality of birds the eggs are from but you could get eggs from brilliant birds and they might not come out great quality at all

Ciara hen
Tuesday, May 19th, 2020

I am not sure what the situation down south is at the minute?
Here in the north anything with feathers is selling at ridiculous prices. Even day old (so called pure breeds) are getting £10 a touch.
Eggs are being offered at £30 a dozen for crossbreeds.
I agree with you paddy 'labelled' and the novice is getting ripped of...

All the FB pages are full of poultry wanted and sale adds, whether it be hens, bantams, ducks , geese or turkeys..
Coops aand houses are the same...
A lot of unsruculous sellers about.
It really is a case of buyer beware..

Desy
Tuesday, May 19th, 2020

Paddy you can't label everyone the same sometimes the buyers will opt for cheapest option.Everyone wants Rhode island reds pol till you quote them the price and the reply "your man sells them for a tenner"

brian k
Tuesday, May 19th, 2020

I didn't label every one the same I said buy from reputable source the vast majority here will opt for cheapest and most of them wouldn't even no the difference between hybrids and pure.

paddycrawford
Tuesday, May 19th, 2020

in fairness I have seen good birds maybe once in my life. Alot of them are crap and yes are the breed specified but thats it. poultry is bred for numbers it seems than anything. Ill not say his name but the one guy I went to who had great stock was "very expensive" when i heard the price until I saw the birds and realised every penny.

christor
Tuesday, May 19th, 2020

You have only seen good birds once in your lifetime Christor? You must be looking in the wrong places!

There are many poultry fanciers across the Island who breed & show poultry to standard-

FionnG
Tuesday, May 19th, 2020

Prices are high because of lockdown. Nothing else

Adrian Kelly
Tuesday, May 19th, 2020

Bottom line try to see the adult birds and condition of the pens and once you find a reputable breeder stick with them. Theres more out there than you might think.

swan 555
Tuesday, May 19th, 2020

I've had nothing but heartache from eggs brought from Holland, UK and Ireland(through the post), question, why when I post eggs people are getting 8 out of 10 hatch, but when I buy a dozen here I'm not getting even 1. I've wasted so much money on hatching eggs it's ridiculous. You are of course better going across the water to get lovely birds, but now with new rules this is also near impossible.

I don't think it's only the people that show that have lovely stock, i know lots of people including myself who have the chickens for the love of it but just don't have that extra time for shows, yet have sold bits and pieces that have won the occasional show.

I've also seen breeders who do show, have an awful lot of breeds, in really cramped spaces and breed a massive amount of chickens(as a business) charge a fortune for what your buying. Just because you show dosnt make you the best breeder, there's lots of breeders out there, it's a lovely hobbie with some lovely people, also some not as lovely, think they know it alls!

vmulvany
Wednesday, May 20th, 2020

Well the top top breeders in Ireland and northern Ireland who win shows constantly through Ireland and England usuallydon't sell eggs. And if they do they cannot guarantee fertile eggs. I recently got eggs from England from a friend who charged me nothing but package and postage (before lockdown) every egg they had was fertile. I could see by candling mine that the eggs were not right. If I was buying eggs like these I'd expect to pay £3-4 a egg with the same risk.

sully
Wednesday, May 20th, 2020

Don’t people say the post sorting and x rays mess up the eggs and that when they do arrive you should rest them for 4 days before incubation

Doctorsroomghost
Wednesday, May 20th, 2020

24 hours rest I think, I get eggs this way and seldom have any issues.
Why would anyone breed bad stock?
It costs the same to feed and luck after nice pure breeds as an ordinary hybred.
Just give a little more in the beginning and continue from there, it's not rocket sergury lol

swan 555
Wednesday, May 20th, 2020

Its the banging and bumping that do most harm to posted eggs , the air sacs rupture

theottersdaughter
Wednesday, May 20th, 2020

Yes, when I post you have to ensure the eggs don't rattle in the packaging. That's most important. I gave returning customers regularly so this tells me I'm doing something right, also on the off chance of an accident or a high % of unbrided eggs, which is very rare, I always offer some credit on the next order. Especially with peafowl eggs cause of the high cost.

swan 555
Thursday, May 21st, 2020


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