Are you NPIP certified?
- Yes! The owner is also an Authorized Poultry Testing Agent (APTA) for the state of Minnesota. This means we have the capability to certify our own birds. For bio-security reasons, we only test our flock.
- NPIP #: (in progress!)
- MN Board of Animal Health: Poultry Testing Agent #: 967840, exp. 12/31/2026
Do you ship chicks or just hatching eggs?
- We only ship hatching eggs.
- There are too many instances of chicks and ducklings dying due to being delayed in transit - either becoming too cold or too hot, or whatever circumstance. Due to these risks, we decided that shipping chicks was not for us.
Do you offer pick-up of chicks or hatching eggs?
- Yes - pick-up is available for either. Chicks should be pre-ordered at least 4-5 weeks in advance. This will give us time to collect enough eggs and incubate (21 days). We don't incubate unless there are orders for chicks or to check fertility.
- For bio-security reasons, we ask that you remain at the end of the driveway to receive your order. This is to help prevent cross contamination between your flock and ours - regardless of NPIP status.
Do you offer sexing of chicks?
- We only offer chicks as STRAIGHT RUN (unsexed).
Do you take back roosters? Trade-ins?
For bio-security reasons ..
- We do not accept returns on roosters .
- We do not accept trade-ins for a different chick, rooster, or hen. When a bird leaves the farm, it cannot return.
How much is shipping?
- Cost to ship anywhere in the continental U.S. depends on your location. If you provide us with your zip code, we can give you an estimate on cost.
- We offer Priority and Priority Express shipping through the USPS.
My package was delivered damaged - what do I do?
- BEFORE YOU OPEN THE BOX, TAKE A PICTURE. You can file a claim with the USPS. Each box is insured up to $100. While we can't replace your order for free, if you still want hatching eggs from us, we will do our best to work with you to get you more.
What happens if eggs break?
- It's possible and not 100% preventable. Eggs are fragile and not meant to be handled often let alone shipped.
- We do our best to provide extra eggs in your shipment (if availability allows) and provide adequate packaging and insulation to reduce the risk of breaks.
What time of the year can you ship hatching eggs?
- Approximately March-August. Weather permitting, we could start as early as February or as late as April. It all depends on the hens' laying schedule and as long as the temperatures remain above freezing in our area.
Can I visit the farm and see the birds?
- Visitations are not permitted due to bio-security reasons and to maintain NPIP status. This is to keep our farm bio-secure from any outside diseases that may be tracked in on people and/or vehicles.
Do you take returns or take back roosters?
- No - once the eggs have been shipped or picked up, we cannot accept returns.
- No - I do not take back roosters. However, I highly encourage you try posting an ad in a rooster rehoming group on Facebook, try to sell him locally, process him as a meat bird, post an ad on Craigslist, or add him to your flock (if he's a good rooster and you're able).
How is the fertility?
- Fertility is checked continuously throughout the laying season to ensure our roosters are doing their job. We do this by incubating our own and cracking open eggs. A couple different roosters are among the hens at any given time. If we find our fertility drop, we will notify those waiting on eggs from that group of the issue until we find a resolution. We will give you options for a refund, short ship, or substitute if availability allows.
How do you package the eggs?
- We've ordered from many different places to produce our flock. We've learned quite a bit about what does and doesn't work. All eggs will be individually wrapped, big side up, the box reinforced, and heavily cushioned with packing peanuts, shredded paper, foam, bubble wrap, etc. The package will be marked as much as possible as having fragile contents and "this side up", but we can't guarantee how it will be handled in the process.
At the end of the day, we *REALLY* want you to have a successful hatch and be able to enjoy our birds as much as we do. We have acquired and developed a beautiful variety - but we couldn't have done it if our sellers hadn't done the same for us. We want to continue the favor by making sure we do the same for you.