Fertile Hatching Eggs
I ship everywhere
in the USA except Hawaii.
Have fun hatching chicken and duck eggs.
"Thank you! I have bought hatching eggs many times before but no one has compared to the amount of information or customer service you are providing. I truly appreciate it." -Kristin, Hamersville, Ohio
"I've bought a ton of eggs online, and yours were the first that had directions!! You are also the first person to really show they care about thier eggs and the people getting them. It really makes the whole experience so much more personal, thanks! I can wait until they hatch!" -Laura, Portland, Oregon
Through the Post Office
fertile hatching eggs are shipped through the Post Office by regular Priority
mail. I ship everywhere in the United States except I do not ship to Hawaii.
(They restrict egg shipments.)
I usually ship on Mondays. Once I ship your eggs, it usually takes 2-4 days
for you to get them through regular Priority mail.
"Our house is warm and the incubator is all warm and the temp and humidity are perfect. Our eggs have arrived at our local post office. The lady that called from the post office was very nice and said they would keep our eggs safe for us until we could get there." -Shelly, Norman, Oklahoma
When you place an order, I always email to let you know your shipping date, and whether you want your eggs delivered to your home or the Post Office. Please make sure your PayPal email address is correct. If you don't get an email from me, check your spam folder.
candled the 18 Dominique and Bantam chicken eggs you sent me (day 12 of
incubation), and 17 were fertile and developing just fine. That's amazing
for shipped eggs (or otherwise)!" -Doug, Jacksonville, North Carolina
Express (rather than regular Priority)
can ship eggs 'Priority Express' through the Post Office which means you
get your eggs in 2 days guaranteed. The Post Office does not offer guaranteed
Priority Express is a lot more money. It is anywhere from $30 to $65 or
more depending on where you live and the weight of your box. If you want
Express, then email me your zipcode and number of eggs you want. I will
email you the shipping cost. I can send you a PayPal Money Request.
I think regular Priority is good for most shipping situations.
"I have to tell you how amazed we are at how vigorous the chicks we hatched out from your farm are, especially compared to our past mail order chicks. We are so happy with them." -Kate, Weaverville, North Carolina
Schools and Universities
I ship to
individuals, schools, universities, and other organizations. Incubating
eggs is a great educational project that children and adults love.
Samantha, who is 9 is the headmaster in this adventure. She is the worlds
largest animal lover ever, and her dream is having a farm and rescue for
all animals...and now that I have researched and found your amazing web
and farm, I'm sold on having babies!! We are super excited and have already
prepared our incubator and building a proper brooding area for the little
ones." Shirley and Sammy, Crownsville, Maryland
to Order Eggs
There is a
3-egg minimum order. Shipping is $18 no matter how many eggs you buy.
You can order eggs on each breed page by clicking on the PayPal "Add to
Cart" button. Or you can email me at email@example.com,
and I can email you an invoice where you pay online without using PayPal.
Or you can call me at 828-321-9036 in North Carolina to pay by phone with
Visa, MasterCard or Discover. Call any day between 9 am and 8 pm, eastern
time. I may be outside working on the farm, so leave a message if I do not
Christina ordered 4 Dominique Standard, 4 Cream Brabanter, and 4 Broody
Bantam chicken hatching eggs. "Such
a DIFFERENCE from hatchery chicks sent in mail! Way more active and happy
and really spunky!" -Christina, Beecher, Illinois.
More Than 1 Breed and PayPal Cart
It is $18
shipping total even if you order more than 1 breed of eggs (chickens and/or
ducks). However, the PayPal shopping cart keeps adding $18 additional shipping
for each breed.
So if ordering more than 1 breed, email me. I can send you a PayPal Money
Request with the correct price. Or I can send you an email invoice where
you pay online without using PayPal.
Or you can go ahead and place your order online with the PayPal cart. I
will refund you the amount you overpaid for shipping.
"I am very excited about both the Dominique chickens and the Ancona ducks. They are beautiful birds, and I feel good about taking part in helping to preserve such outstanding stock." -Donald, Hinton, West Virginia
"I am in LOVE with the Dominique chickens. I don’t support hatcheries- just local people trying to do a good job. I do prefer heritage breeds. My two favorite all-time hens, Flora and Fauna were Dominque rescues, and I have never loved a hen more…" -Lisa, Asheville, North Carolina
Ahead of Time
If you want
your eggs shipped on a particular date either weeks or months from now,
you can pay ahead of time. Let me know the day, and I will put you on my
calendar. When I ship, I email you the tracking information.
"I've bought a lot of hatching eggs through the mail before, and I have to say that you packed the eggs 100 times more conscientiously than anyone I've ever seen before." -Heff, Bolton, Massachusetts
Collection and Storage
collect eggs twice a day (sometimes 3 times). While waiting to ship, I store
them at the correct temperature (55 degrees) in a special refrigerator.
I turn them daily.
Fertile Hatching Eggs
eggs are very fresh. They were laid either the day I ship or a few days
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.
"The eggs arrived yesterday safe and sound. I candled all of them to check air cells, and everything looks great." -Stephen, Pennsylvania
Happy Chickens and Ducks
chickens and ducks have a good life. They are free range.
them poultry layer food, I also feed them kelp,
brewers yeast, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, and comfrey.
I have had friends and visitors comment on how good my birds look.
"I look forward to hatching some of your eggs. I have heard wonderful things about your eggs and chickens." -Alyssa, Baldwin, Maryland
Eggs Are Packed for Shipping
egg is wrapped in tissue, and placed in an egg carton. I put bubble wrap
on top of the eggs. I close the carton and wrap wide scotch tape around
the carton so it can not come open.
I put more bubble wrap around the carton. Then it is put inside the shipping
box with packing material around it.
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 Animals".
On the top of the box I stamp: "Do Not X-Ray" and "This End Up".
"I received the Brabanter eggs today, they arrived wonderfully packed and intact. I have two little banty hens that started setting a couple of days ago, now they have a job to do!!" -Tony, Quincy, Illinois
"I picked up the hatching eggs and comfrey seeds today. They all arrived safely thanks to the wonderful job of packaging! It is the best packaging I have ever seen, and the shipping box thoroughly marked. It shows how well you take care of your birds. Thank you for enclosing the information guides." -Janet, Cassopolis, Michigan
"Great packing. Great shipping. Just candled the Ancona duck eggs. 8
of 9 are developing. In my experience that's pretty amazing for shipped
eggs." -Frank, Mercer Island, Washington
Delivery, Or Holding at Post Office
have a choice of having your eggs delivered to your house/business/school
or having them held at the Post Office for you to pick up.
Eggs are handled less if picked up at the Post Office. And in hot or cold
weather, they will not sit in a mail box for hours if you are not home.
Either way is OK.
I ship, I email you the Post Office tracking information so you know when
your eggs will arrive.
is very unusual for eggs to break during shipment. Your eggs are guaranteed
to arrive in good condition. If you have any broken eggs, please let me
are good books on how to hatch eggs and lots of information on the internet
about it. I sell "A
Guide to Better Hatching" book by Janet Stromberg. 120
Chickens take 21 days (3 weeks) to hatch. Ancona ducks take 28 days (4 weeks)
"My hatching eggs arrived safe and sound, and on
time! I truly appreciate that your eggs are so clean and well protected
for the long transport across the country! I also appreciate your very helpful
incubation and hatching book." -Darlene, Flagstaff, Arizona
sell an incubation thermometer by Brinsea that measures from 80 to 105 degrees:
Keeping a consistent and precise temperature is very important for successful
or Broody Hen
can use an incubator to hatch eggs. Or a broody hen can hatch them for you.
A chicken will hatch duck eggs!
I do like to hear how your hatch goes. I like getting photos of your baby
"I am eternally grateful for your services, and I will for sure recommend you for further egg buyers. Thank you so much for your amazing customer service!" -Sara, Fairfax Station, Virginia
Day 1 of Incubation Start?
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 or under a broody
Expected Hatch Rate
have bought from me 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), humidity, temperature and overall attention
you give your eggs while incubating.
It also depends on how the Post Office handles the box during shipment.
I enclose a flyer in your box about incubating eggs and brooding chicks.
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
Shopping Cart: You can pay with PayPal online using my shopping cart.
All products have buttons you can click to order this way. You do not have
to have a PayPal account to pay with your credit or debit card.
Money Request by Email: I send a PayPal Money Request by email. You
pay online. Or you can send a PayPal payment from your PayPal account to
firstname.lastname@example.org. Both are good for all purchases but especially
those that combine shipping or have special pricing.
"Pay Now" from Farm Site: Go to my PayPal
page. Fill in the amount. Log into your PayPal account and
pay. My account is Health Treasures/ Nantahala Farm. This is good for all
orders but especially those that combine shipping or have special pricing.
After you pay, email me what you ordered.
Card Online using Email Invoice (No PayPal): If you want to pay by credit/debit
card but do not want to use PayPal, I can email you an invoice. In the email
there will be a link to take you to an online payment page. Use Visa, MasterCard,
Discover, JCB, or Diners Card. Email me what you want.|
I accept credit/debit cards by phone: Visa, MasterCard, and Discover. Call
me in North Carolina at 828-321-9036 any day, 10 am to 5 pm Eastern time
(after 5 pm I unplug my phone). I am in and out working on the farm. Please
leave a message if I do not answer. I will get back to you soon.
I accept checks, money orders and cash. Checks need to clear before shipment.
Make check payable to Nancy Shirley. Mail to: 477 Long Branch Road, Topton,
NC 28781. Please include shipping. If you include your email address, I can email you that I received your payment.
you are ordering many products, I can discount the shipping. Email me and I
will give you a lower shipping cost than what is on the PayPal cart.
I ship to everywhere in the United States. I do not ship outside the United
at my Vacation Rental on the farm.