Q: Are you a hatchery?
A: No, we are a Private Breeder. We do not operate on a mass scale. We work with quality, and not quantity. That being said, please allow ample time for us to get to your order. We stay quite booked up on most of our breeds. So let us know as early as possible what you may want. This way we can schedule you into the year with ease. On eggs, we usually run 2-3 weeks out on everything, so please keep that in mind, we will get to you, we just need time. All orders are filled on a first come first serve basis. Some breeds or colors we keep are in limited supply. Feel free to ask about any of our breeds and/or colors, we will let you know if we have any and what their current availability is.
Q: Are people allowed to come visit your farm?
A: Yes people are more then welcome to come visit our farm. All we ask is that you contact us by email before hand to set up a date and time that is appropriate for you to come visit. Remember this is not only our place of business but our home as well so there are times when we aren't able to host visitors.
Q: How do you ship your eggs and chicks?
A: Eggs - We carefully bubble wrap each egg individually and place it in an egg carton, tape the carton shut, pack it tightly in a Priority Mail Box using packing peanuts and/or newspaper, label them "Hatching Eggs! Very Fragile!", and send them on their way. We go the extra mile packing them for safe arrival.
Chicks - Once hatched and doing well, we place your chicks in a box specially designed to ship live chicks. We add a straw liner and heating pad to the box for stability and warmth. We label the box "Live Chicks! Handle With Care!" and send them on their way. We ship them Express Mail only to prevent loss due to a 2-4 day Priority Mail trip.
Q: What are your shipping rates?
A: Our shipping rates vary, but in general Eggs by Priority Mail are $12.00 -$14 Large orders may be a bit more. Chicks by Express Mail are $45.00 a box (one box includes: straw liner, heating pad, and gives you $100 in insurance. One box holds 20-30 Chicks). NOTE: These are just ballpark averages. Please check with us for an exact quote for your individual order.
Q: Do you ship overseas?
A: Sorry we do not. Due to the USDA laws regarding poultry shipping, it is illegal to ship any poultry or eggs outside of the US.
Q: Do you have a minimum order quantity?
A: Not on eggs! Order as few or as many as you want! However, on Chicks heat is an issue, therefor we require a minimum order of 15 Bantam Chicks no less. This is for their safety and is required to aid in keeping them warm during shipping. NOTE: There is no minimum order for eggs or chicks if they are picked up at the farm.
Q: How long will I have to wait to get my order?
A: For Eggs: we generally ship the day after Payment is received. For Chicks: we collect your eggs after payment is received and incubate them, so you will be looking at a 3-4 week wait. We do this to keep us from being overwhelmed by unpurchased Chicks.
Q: Are there any special tips for when my Eggs and/or Chicks arrive?
A: Yes, on Eggs carefully unwrap them and place them large end up in an egg carton. Allow them to sit at room temp over night before starting the incubation process. Have a warm brooder or box ready for the chicks before they arrive. Make sure to keep the temp at 95 degrees for the first week then lower the temp 5 degrees every week after. When placing them in the brooder or Box, gently dip their beaks in the water to show them where it sits, tap your finger on their food (simulating a mother hen pecking at the food) to show them where their food is and they will take it from there.
Q: How long will my eggs take to hatch and at what temperature should they be set at?
A: 99.5 degrees is ideal for most all eggs. Turn them 2-3 times a day and keep humidity at near 55%. Raise humidity and stop turning the eggs with 3 days to go. Incubation period for Bantam Chickens is 21 days.
If you have any other questions you'd like to ask please feel free to contact us. We are always glad to help.
Aubrey & Aimee
Boggy Bottom Bantams