Deer Run Farm

Buy Fertile Eggs - Mail Order

We're happy to provide our customers with fertile eggs when our girls are laying. For shipped orders we require a 12 egg minimum purchase and order multiples of 12. You can mix and match the eggs with any breed, but you must meet the 12 quantity minimum and multiples.

Our eggs are collected daily and shipped no more than 3 days after they're laid. Collected eggs are stored separately and properly to ensure freshness and improve viability. 

We recommend purchasing twice as many eggs as you want chicks if you're hoping to get hens. Statistically, your hatch should yield 50% Males and 50% Females. We also recommend purchasing a few extra to increase your likelihood of hatching your ideal number of chicks. Although we're able to hatch at 80+%, most people are happy if they get 50%. The longer an egg waits to be incubated the less likely it is to develop a chick. The traveling and the handling that the eggs will endure before making it into an incubator will play a factor into their hatch rate. It's best to set your eggs as soon as you receive them. If you're not able to set them right away be sure to store your eggs in a cool location out of direct sunlight. Room temperature of stored eggs should be 60ºF.

We offer two shipping methods through the post office just as we do with day-old chicks: Priority and Priority Express. We always recommend Priority Express for a quicker delivery, but realize it can be more cost effective to ship standard Priority. Eggs will ship Monday through Wednesday so they're guaranteed to reach their destination before post offices close on Sunday.

Although we will guarantee your eggs arrive intact and ready for incubation, we cannot guarantee your hatch rate. There are multiple factors in the shipping of fertile eggs that are just simply out of our control. Even if the outside of an egg is completely intact and seemingly ok, handling by the post office can damage them enough that they do not hatch. The internal arrangements of chicken eggs are relatively delicate and can be disturbed enough that they do not hatch. Your incubation conditions are also beyond our control. Eggs will not develop chicks unless exact incubation conditions of temperature and humidity are met. Any cracked or broken eggs will receive a refund or in case of 50% or more eggs are damaged we will reship them provided we receive photos of damages within 48 hours of receiving.  

For best practices in incubating fertile eggs please refer to this informative article in Grit Magazine: Expert Tips for Incubating Chicken Eggs

**Please understand that not all eggs from each breed will be available at all times in any quantity you desire. Our girls need breaks too! Since we raise them naturally without any artificial lighting we see a dramatic decrease in egg production throughout these seasons. This does not mean eggs aren't available at these times - it only means we're not able to accommodate large orders of one breed at once. Please feel free to place your order. We will contact you as soon as possible to discuss your order and a time frame you can expect to receive your fertilized eggs.**

Thanks for your interest in our fertilized eggs. We've temporarily disabled the sales of fertilized eggs so that we can ensure enough eggs are collected to fulfill current orders. We will resume fertilized egg online sales in March when our girls are laying more frequently and more consistently. Please feel free to email us your interests in a fertilized egg order at: info@deerrunfarmmd.com

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