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I no longer sell Ancona duck eggs. You can find people with hatching eggs here:
Ancona Duck Breeders Association
Ancona Ducks- ISO and Where to Find
Ancona Ducks
Worth It Farms: Ancona Ducks for Sale
Woodstock Sustainable Farms
Feed Comfrey to Poultry How to Hatch Eggs
Types of Incubators
How to Incubate Eggs
How to Help Hatching Babies
How to Brood Poultry
Make A Poultry Incubator
Shipping Fertile Hatching 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

Shipped Through the Post Office
Your 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 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.

"I just 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

Priority Express (rather than regular Priority)
I 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 overnight delivery.

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

Homes, Schools and Universities
I ship to individuals, schools, universities, and other organizations. Incubating eggs is a great educational project that children and adults love.

"My daughter 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

Ordering Eggs
There is a 3-egg minimum order. Shipping is $18 no matter how many eggs you buy.

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.

"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

Ordering 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

Egg Collection and Storage
I 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.

Fresh, Fertile Hatching Eggs
Your 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

Healthy, Happy Chickens and Ducks
My chickens and ducks have a good life. They are free range.

Besides feeding them poultry layer food, I also feed them kelp, azomite, 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

How Eggs Are Packed for Shipping
Each 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

Home/Office/School Delivery, Or Holding at Post Office
You 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.

When I ship, I email you the Post Office tracking information so you know when your eggs will arrive.

Broken Eggs
It 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 know.

Incubator or Broody Hen
You 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 birds.

"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

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 or under a broody hen.

Your Expected Hatch Rate
People who 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: in terms of rough handling and temperature extremes. In terms of egg fertility, I have more problems with very hot weather than I do with very cold weather.

Because there are so many circumstances outside of my control, I can not guarantee fertility or hatching rates.

I enclose a flyer in your box about incubating eggs and brooding chicks.

"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



Ways to Pay
Email:   I ship to USA only.

PayPal 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.

PayPal 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

Credit/Debit 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 to buy.

I ship to everywhere in the United States. I do not ship outside the United States.

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