HATCHING EGGS FOR SALE 2014
Hatching eggs still available in October.
A critically endangered old-fashioned
heritage breed. Hatching eggs available January through September. To order
eggs: Call 828-321-9036 in NC. Or email: email@example.com.
We are a small
family farm raising free-range Dominique chickens. This breed is calm, easy-going
and good with children. A hen lays about 230-275 eggs a year. Hens (pullets)
start to lay at 5-7 months depending on the time of year they hatched. Dominiques
are perfect for a small farm or homestead. The chicks are 1 week old in
About Dominique Chickens
to Determine Sex of Dominique Chick
Fertile, hatching eggs can be picked up or shipped. We ship everywhere in
the United States except we do not ship to Hawaii or Alaska. We ship to
individuals, schools, universities, and organizations. Incubating eggs is
a great educational project that children and adults love.
"I just wanted to thank you for the great eggs! I had someone from the Dominique Club of America stop by to help me sex the chicks right after they hatched, and she kept commenting on how big and healthy they looked." -Susan, Petersburg, Virginia
a great hatch this year! They were precious and the children LOVED them
so very much! Thank you!" -Terri, 3rd grade teacher in Alabama
Dominique Chicken Eggs to Incubate
Late Winter, Spring and Summer
If you would
like to have fertile hatchable eggs shipped to you, please contact us.
We collect eggs every day. Dirt and debris are rubbed off by hand but the
eggs are not washed. While waiting to ship, we store them at the correct
temperature and turn them daily. We wrap them very carefully before shipping
Eggs are shipped through the Post Office by Priority mail with Delivery
Confirmation. We send you tracking information by email. We write "Fragile
Hatching Eggs" on every side of the box. Your eggs are guaranteed to
arrive in good condition.
If you have any broken eggs, please let us know. They usually do not break.
If all eggs break (extremely unlikely), we will send you replacements.
There are good books on how to hatch eggs and lots of information on the
internet about it. Chickens take 3 weeks to hatch. Your countdown starts
on the day you put your eggs in your incubator, not when the hen lays her
You can use an incubator to hatch eggs or a broody chicken can hatch them.
We do like to hear how your hatch goes. We like getting photos of your chicks
"I have several Dominique hens and would like to add to
my flock. I have a broody Orpington named 'Fat Penny' that I plan on putting
the eggs under." Then 3 weeks later: "Nancy, I have 5 beautiful little babies
so far. They came earlier than I expected but 'Fat Penny' has it under control!"
-Leslie, Fayetteville, Tennessee
Dominique (Dominicker, Dominiquer) Fertile Eggs
eggs are brown and medium in size.
Fresh, Fertilized Hatching
in late Winter, Spring and Summer (January-September):
$2.50 per egg.
There is no minimum order. You can order 1 egg if you
Shipping is $15 sent through the Post Office by Priority Mail. It usually
takes 2-3 days for delivery. When I ship, I email you the tracking information
so you know when your eggs will arrive.
You can order both chicken and duck eggs, and save on shipping. Total $15
shipping no matter how many and what type of eggs (chicken and/or duck).
Chickens hatch in 21 days. Ancona ducks hatch in 28 days. Also we can enclose
other items such as seeds or plants for no extra shipping.
Order Fertile Eggs
You can email
or call (828-321-9036 in North Carolina) before ordering to see if I have
them available. Or you can pay now, and I will email you when I can ship
hatching eggs are available January through September.
"My Great Grandmother had Dominique chickens and would tell funny stories about them when she was growing up..." -Amanda, New York
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this is Matthew and my family and I bought some eggs from you 21 days ago today.
I wanted to let you know that of the 12 we bought, all where fertile. They hatched
today and seem very healthy. Thanks for the enjoyable experience hatching eggs.
My daughter has loved watching them."
22 chicks out of this hatching. I watched one chick fight for thirty hours (I
am not joking--thirty hours!) to get out of her shell. Every time I spoke to her,
she fought harder...so eventually, I helped her out of her shell. She was perfectly
formed, if cramped and exhausted. I kept her in the incubator overnight. This
morning, she was all uncurled and walking around, so I put her out in the brooder
with the others, and she's doing fine. I've never seen such hardy chicks, seriously,
and we had a *lot* of chickens when I was a kid."
Post Office got the eggs this morning and I picked them up. It is like Christmas
I am so excited! Not a single one broke. I have the incubator all ready to go
and the eggs are coming to room temp before I put them in. Thank you for the shipment."
"We candled the eggs, and it appears that all have babies in them." -Carmen, New York
Questions People Ask
How old are your eggs when shipped?
They are very fresh. They were laid either the day I ship or the day before.
If you order a lot, some will be a little older while I collect them for
you. But they are always less than 1 week old. They are stored in a special
refrigerator that keeps the eggs at 55 degrees.
Have your birds had any diseases?
My chickens are very healthy. They are free range. Besides feeding them poultry layer food, I also feed them kelp, azomite, brewers yeast, sunflower seeds and flax seed. I have had friends comment on how good my birds look.
Have other buyers had a good hatch rate?
People who have bought in the past are happy with their hatch rate. A lot
depends on the type of incubator you have, whether you have a turner (or
turn properly by hand), the humidity, temperature and overall attention
you give your eggs while incubating. I enclose a flyer about incubating
eggs and brooding chicks.
How are they packaged for shipping?
Each egg is wrapped in 2 tissues, and placed in an egg carton. I wrap wide
scotch tape around the carton so it can not come open. I place packing material
and a box around the carton, so it is held securely. It is unusual for eggs
to be broken. I have stamps I place on all sides of the box that says: "Fragile,
Hatching Eggs. Winter: Do not let freeze. Summer: Keep out of sun" and "Live
"I have had eggs shipped to me before but never like you did. Their packaging
was thoughtful. Plus fantastic tips. I couldn't be more pleased :) "
-Gabriella, Bartow, Florida
When does Day 1 of incubation start?
Your countdown for days of incubation starts when you put your eggs in your
incubator. It does not start when the hen lays the egg. I keep hatching
eggs at 55 degrees while waiting to ship them. This suspends the growing
process until they are in a heated incubator.
You can see the tip of his beak.|
They incubate for 21 days at
about 100 degrees and then hatch.
Then they are put under a heat lamp
(brooding) until about 3 weeks old.
Dominique chicks just after they hatched.
"I just wanted to send you a big thanks for the Dom eggs. They came this afternoon and not one broken or cracked. I was amazed."
Then 1 week later: "Hi Nancy, I candled the eggs today and happy to see 15 of the 16 you sent are alive (one not sure of, looks alive but I couldn't see the baby). This is after my turner did not work and having to hand turn them. Thanks again so much. Crossing fingers for the next two weeks." -Helen, Pleasant Hill, Ohio
of just hatched Dominique chick.
Here's a 4-day-old Dominique chick looking right at you.
These chicks are 4 days old.
|| These are
1 week old. I love their fluffy rear ends.
|| These are
Dominique chicks, 2 weeks old.
|| These are
Dominique chicks, maybe 3 weeks old.
Here are some juvenile or adolescent hens roosting. They are not full grown
2 Dominique hens.
Dominique hen in comfrey and stinging nettle. There is another hen behind
|| Alpha Dominique
rooster in comfrey and stinging nettle.
|| This is
a Bantam hen with 5 Dominique chicks. She hatched them. You don't have to
own an incubator if you have a broody Banty chicken.|
I sell random-bred Bantam
chicken eggs for hatching. Banties do a good job of hatching
and mothering. It doesn't matter to her at all that they are not eggs that
Chickens are Intelligent
Chickens have sophisticated
social behavior including favorite chickens (friends). From my own experience
I have seen hens and their female chicks hang out together for years.
have stable social groups (cliques). They can identify each other so well that
they are able to recognize over 100 different birds in their flock. And all of
these birds are part of a definite pecking order that they remember.
scientists have discovered 30 different chicken vocalizations where they "talk"
to each other. They have long-term memory and even think about the future!
From these scientific sources:
1. Rogers LJ, "The Development of Brain and
Behaviour in the Chicken", Wallingford, Oxon, UK: CABI Publishing, 1995, p. 217.
2. Dr. Joy Mench, Professor of Animal Science at University of California at Davis,
in "The New Yorker", April 14, 2003, p. 64.
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Make check payable to Nancy Shirley. Mail to: 477 Long Branch Road, Topton, NC
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We ship to everywhere in the United States. The only exception are chicks,
chickens, ducks, ducklings and goats need to be picked up at the farm. We
do not ship outside the United States.
below is Nancy in her garden. The photos to the right are tools for working in
a comfrey patch, and Nancy's flower garden (day lily, anise hyssop, catnip).