We hatch our own free range chickens every year on our farm and it is this same egg stock that we share with you here.
These are 6 mixed variety chicken eggs. They are different colours – as per photo and we make an effort to give you a good range of colours. You can also see pictures of some of our chicks that hatched – there is a short video of them on our Facebook page.
Our chicken breeds include Bovans Brown, Dekalb White, Black Copper Maran, Copper Neck Maran, Black Maran, French Maran, Dark Silver Sussex, Speckled Sussex, Welsummer, Bresse Gauloise and 1 Brahma Rooster. We have active Roosters/Cockerels for each of these breeds in a ratio conducive to maximise fertility.
We cannot guarantee pure breed chicks as we keep all our chickens together and do not separate them. Our own chicks that we hatch every year are beautiful and lay well.
- Postage** – We use Royal Mail 1st Class Small Parcel service (usually next day delivery). A tracking number is provided for you. Due to some delays in the postal system, we have provided an option for you to pay for Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed by 1pm the next day should you prefer to reduce the risk of postal delay.
- Packaging – we are proud to say that we do not use any polystyrene or plastic packaging in any form. All our packaging is home compostable.
- Collection – we are happy for you to collect your eggs from us (our preference for egg safety). There is no requirement for contact.
*fertility – although we cannot guarantee fertility we have an extremely high fertility rate. We hatch our own chickens every year on our farm and it is this same egg stock that we share with you here. It is impossible to tell whether an egg is fertile until it’s been incubated for about 7 to 10 days.
**Please note – Postage is very hard on hatching eggs. We and the postal service can’t guarantee how carefully the boxes/packages are handled and no matter how well we pack them, sometimes you end up with broken eggs or detached air-sacks, or otherwise “scrambled” eggs on the delivery side. The latter will not develop. We can’t be held responsible for damaged eggs or postal delays. Regarding any postal delays – Hatchability holds reasonably well up to seven days, but declines rapidly afterwards. Therefore, do not store eggs more than 7 days before incubating. After 3 weeks of storage, hatchability drops to almost zero.
- What will my chicks look like? – You are warmly invited to add your pictures, stories and questions to our new Facebook Group ‘Home Farm Customer Hatching Stories’ where you can also see our other customers pictures and stories.
- When we pack and send – every day we collect fresh eggs for the orders placed that day (inc the previous evening) up to 5pm. We then pack and apply postage labels according to your order. We take your parcel to the Post Office the next morning.
- An order made on a Monday – Thursday (up until 5pm) will be processed the same day with that days eggs and be posted our next working day – that will be Tuesday – Friday morning.
- An order made on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday (up until 5pm) will be processed on the Sunday with that days eggs but be posted our next working day – that would be Monday morning.
We do not delay posting out orders unless specifically requested to do so by the buyer or we may delay over long bank holidays if we judge egg viability to be otherwise compromised. As eggs viability for fertility is largely unaffected in the first 7 days, that is a safe method for us to use without unnecessary delay to our customers after they have placed an order.
PLEASE NOTE – WE GIVE OURSELVES 1-2 WORKING DAYS TO DISPATCH. VERY OCCASIONALLY OUR BIRDS MAY HAVE NOT LAID ENOUGH (FOR WHATEVER REASON) THAT DAY OR THERE HAVE BEEN BREAKAGES. IN THIS SCENARIO, YOUR ORDER IS PLACED TOP OF THE LIST FOR THE NEXT DAY.
- Royal Mail Tracking numbers – We provide you with a tracking number for your order. We have noticed that some items are simply not scanned and therefore you/we are unable to track the item. We don’t know why and this is frustrating for both you and us as we monitor deliveries for our own peace of mind. We only know what you know.
- eBay’s estimated time of delivery – eBay will give you an estimated delivery date. This is based on (1) Handling time: Sellers set their handling time. This can range from the same working day, to up to 30 business days from when they receive payment. We set our handling time 1-2 business days (to give ourselves time in the event of unforeseen circumstances on the farm) – that’s where that date comes from. It is nothing to do with Royal Mail. (2) Shipping or courier services: Delivery times can vary depending on which service is used.
- Questions – We would advise you to ask questions through various UK poultry keeping groups on Facebook or online. We have a Facebook group ‘Home Farm Customer Hatching Stories’ where we may be able to help answer some of your questions. There are lots of specialist UK Poultry sites that are designed to give you the time and advise. They tend to be very responsive. Please just make sure you have your incubator or broody hen before you purchase your eggs!
Have Fun Hatching!