Information for hatching eggs

Pet Hens

I sell fertile eggs for hatching from most of my breeds and colours. 

I will post eggs and my packaging is over and above that of other sellers.

Any eggs I offer for sale will have come from groups whose fertility has been checked regularly, either by incubation or by opening the egg and checking for the characteristic bulls eye blastoderm on the yolk. If there is any doubt, or I do not honestly believe that  90% or more of the eggs are fertile, I will not sell eggs from that group at that time. 

Cost

First class signed for postage and packaging is £6.10 for 6 eggs, £7.10 for 12.

Packaging

I do my very best to make sure the eggs arrive safely. My packaging is over and above that I’ve seen from other sellers. I make sure the eggs are secured the right way up (pointy end down) to give them the best chance. 

But anything can happen in the post…

Risk from postage 

When you are thinking of buying hatching eggs please remember they can be subject to internal damage in the post which can be seen as partially or fully detached air sacs or damage which is not visible, such as detached chalazae or other membranes. 

As a consequence I cannot guarantee the eggs to have the ability to develop when they reach you. If a posted egg does not develop it does not mean it was infertile. 

I have hatched a lot of posted eggs, or should I say I’ve incubated a lot! Results can vary and I’ve had more 0% hatches than I have 100% (although the former were usually badly packed).

I recommend posted eggs are always incubated pointy end down, rather than on their side or under a broody. This helps give the best results by keeping the air sac at the fat end of the egg. 

Other risks

Hatching eggs is a learnt skill, and the other reason I cannot guarantee that eggs will hatch. I have no control over the incubator you use or its settings. Or for your own transportation of the eggs if you have collected them, or how long you wait before putting them in the incubator. And I don’t recommend broody hens at all for posted eggs nor the incubators that roll the eggs along on their sides.

One tip though is to ALWAYS test the temperature of your incubator with a really good quality, reliable, separate thermometer. And to run the incubator for 24 hours before you put the eggs in to get the temperature correct. I’ve never had an incubator, even a good quality one, that shows the actual temperature on the display, they generally run cool. And the cheap ones seem to struggle to keep a level temperature at all. If you’ve bought a £50 incubator online for a bit of fun then please don’t expect to get a good hatch rate.

I can provide the fertile eggs but the rest is in your hands and the hands of the postman!  Good luck!