Conserving heritage breed poultry in North Carolina
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Hatching Egg FAQs

We make hatching eggs available because we know how rewarding it is to hatch and raise your own chicks and ducklings. Here are the questions that we receive most frequently about hatching eggs.

Shipping or pick-up: You may arrange delivery of hatching eggs to a limited local area, pick up hatching eggs at the farm by appointment, or have them shipped (within the continental U. S. only.)

Our procedure for storing, packing, and shipping eggs: We collect eggs twice daily, store them unwashed in a cool environment, turn them daily, and ship them fresh (no more than 3 days old) on Mondays or Tuesdays via USPS Priority Mail. Eggs are handled and packed very carefully; each egg is individually wrapped for shipping. We verify flock fertility throughout the season using our own incubators. 

Effects of shipping on eggs: Shipping decreases the hatchability of fertile eggs, and a 50% hatch rate for shipped eggs can be considered very successful.

Refund or replacement for damage in shipment: Because we are unable to control how the eggs are handled once we put them in the mail or you put them in your incubator, we cannot be responsible for your success in hatching. However, we will guarantee that you receive at least as many intact, undamaged eggs as you pay for. Contact us right away about shipping damage, and we'll work it out through replacement or refund. 

Hatching instructions: On request, we will include hatching instructions according to the methods that have been successful for us on the farm. We are happy to answer any questions before or after the sale. 

Preparing your incubator: It is important to prepare your incubator 2-3 days before setting the eggs. To prepare for hatching eggs: 
•Clean and disinfect the incubator. 
•Fill the water reservoir according to the instructions for the incubator. 
•Allow the incubator to warm up for a day or two before setting the eggs so that you can adjust the temperature and make sure that it is stable.
•When you receive the eggs, unpack them immediately, place them large end up, and let them rest at room temperature for about 12 hours before putting them in the incubator.