Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Our 2012 Breeds: Hatching eggs and chicks

Well 2012 has finally rolled around, and plans are well underway for a fantastic year at SLF. Birds are divided into their breeding groups and hatching eggs will be collected starting in a few weeks. Fertility is being confirmed daily and I'm very excited to start hatching! I will be setting the first group of eggs around February 1st and will have chicks available starting March 1st. If you are interested in hatching eggs or chicks, please email me at and I will put you on our lists. Because we are not a hatchery and are subject to the whims of mother nature, I will certainly do my best to accommodate specific requests for delivery dates, but can't guarantee an exact date for when your eggs or chicks will be ready. I will certainly be happy to give you an estimate as to when your order will be ready. When I have hatching eggs just about ready for you, payment is preferred via PayPal, and eggs will either be shipped USPS, or I can do my best to meet you locally and will accept cash at that time. Shipping for hatching eggs will be $12 for 1/2 dozen priority with tracking, $16 for 1 dozen with tracking, and express will be $25. If you'd like to do a mix/match for hatching eggs, please contact me for pricing.

For chick orders, payment is due upon placement of order. Chicks can be delivered to swaps, or I can meet you locally for pick up. At this time were are not shipping chicks, pending our NPIP certification. Please note: Chicks are sold as straight run only. Some of our breeds, including the Salmon Faverolles and Wheaten Ameraucanas can be sexed at a few weeks of age because of feather color. If we have any juveniles at the farm that can be sexed, they will be listed here for sale.

As always with hatching eggs, we can't guarantee your hatch rate due to factors beyond our control once the eggs leave our hands. This is especially true for shipped eggs, as with the post office they are subject to rough handling, x-ray, less than ideal temperatures, etc. However, I take extreme care in shipping hatching eggs: each egg is wrapped in a piece of paper towel and then wrapped in small bubble wrap, which is then placed carefully in a box which is lined by large bubble wrap and filled with packing peanuts. Extras are included whenever possible for shipped eggs. I will be happy to discuss my incubation techniques if requested to help you have the best hatch possible!

Our first sale will be 3/31 at the Montpelier Feed and Seed in Montpelier, VA. We will also be attending the Mount Olympus Berry Farm sale in Caroline County, VA on 4/21, and of course at Gilmanor Farm in Glen Allen, VA, which takes place in mid-May.

Also, News Flash! The SLF website is in the works and will be live at the end of January. Ordering will not take place on the web site, but you will be able to see pictures of all of our breeders as well as of the farm, and even some of the horses!

Here are our hatching egg and chick prices for 2012:

Welsummers: Chicks $6, Hatching eggs 1/2 doz $15, 1 doz $25
Black Copper Marans: Chicks $7, Hatching eggs 1/2 doz $15, 1 doz $25
Barred Olive Eggers: Chicks $6, Hatching eggs 1/2 doz $15, 1 doz $25
Partridge Rock: Chicks $6, Hatching eggs 1/2 doz $18
Silver Penciled Rock: Chicks $6, Hatching eggs 1/2 doz $18
Lavender Orpington: Chicks $9, Hatching eggs 1/2 doz $25, 1 doz $40
Wheaten Ameraucana: Chicks $8, Hatching eggs 1/2 doz $25

Breeder's choice hatching eggs: These will all be purebred hatching eggs, but the hens decide on the extras we have each week! I'll guarantee at least 3 different breeds, and as many as 7. $20/doz.

Buff Bantam Brahmas and Salmon Faverolles (LF) won't be available until mid-summer so we have some time to build up our own stock.