Hatching Eggs

Wild Acres located in Armstrong, BC, Canada ships hatching eggs across Canada by Xpresspost. Some of our breeding flocks are smaller and we have a limited number of eggs available per week but we have lots of breeds to choose from. We can also make up a custom mixed dozen for you as we have 18 heritage and rare chicken breeds to choose from.

We thank you for your interest in our poultry, waterfowl and registered Nubian goats. We enjoy breeding, hatching eggs and selling livestock for a few months in the spring each year. We prefer to operate on a smaller scale and we have no intention of becoming a commercial hatchery. Therefore, we do not offer chick or hatching eggs sales year round. Our hatching eggs and unsexed day old chicks and ducklings are only available in April, May and June.

We are now accepting pre-orders/order forms for April, May and June 2021 sales via email to info@wildacres.ca 

Our price list has been updated for 2021. We have set a limit as to the amount of unsexed chicks and eggs available for each breed on our price list. Some breeds will not be available for 2021.

Canada Post sets their new 2021 Xpresspost rates for shipping in January so we cannot give shipping quotes until after that time. We only ship eggs through Xpresspost. Please see our shipping examples page for estimates from previous years.  https://wildacres.ca/shipping-charge-examples/

We will also keep you up to date on our Facebook page.  https://www.facebook.com/wildacres.ca

Due to biosecurity reasons, we do not sell laying hens or other adult birds and we do not take back any birds once they are hatched or purchased and leave our property.

We ship dozens of hatching eggs across Canada from BC to Newfoundland every week through April and May. Some of our heritage chicks or hatching eggs may be limited, unavailable or booked up at the time. We cannot guarantee show quality but we do appreciate your business and we want you to be satisfied with your purchase.

We are happy to accept your hatching egg orders but please understand and accept the many challenges of hatching eggs and remember that you are not paying for chicks. You are paying for fresh, fertile eggs and we do not guarantee that your purchased hatching eggs will hatch or what the hatch rate will be due to the many variables involved. We assume that the buyer is aware of all the risks with the shipping of eggs or picking up hatching eggs, and they feel comfortable to take that risk.

A 100% hatch rate is almost impossible and a not guarantee even in the most ideal circumstances. If your eggs have been sent to you by Canada post, that will potentially drop to around 50% or even less. Also chicks and waterfowl generally hatch out approximately  50% female and 50% male.

The buyer assumes all risks associated with shipped or picked up eggs, once they leave our hands. Therefore, we do not refund, replace or credit hatching eggs and we do not refund deposits unless we can’t supply the order.

Different Incubators, fluctuating temperatures, humidity, egg handling, storage and shipping variables make each hatch unique. These various influencing factors are simply beyond our control; hence we cannot guarantee what your hatch rate will be even if you picked up the eggs yourself.

All of these things are generally understood by seasoned buyers of hatching eggs.  We do not want you to be disappointed in anyway with your purchase. It helps to understand what to reasonably expect and accept the fact that from time to time hatches are unsuccessful, even for the experienced breeder.

However, we do guarantee that fertility has been tested here on the farm prior to sale and we let you know up front what that fertility percentage is. We do hatches throughout the entire time that we sell hatching eggs to ensure that the fertility remains constant.

Also for biosecurity reasons please do not drive or walk into our farmyard. Pick ups are done at our farm gate and are usually prearranged for Sunday afternoons.

Please read our Terms and Conditions on Hatching Eggs and Incubation Tips (see below)

To order to hold your place in queue we require an order form filled in and a deposit.
See our breed list and order form for more information. 

We take orders as they come in via email and schedule them on our calendar according to availability of eggs at that time. However, egg production fluctuates and therefore we can only give you an approximate time frame for shipping.  We do test hatches and check for fertility prior to shipments to ensure quality chicks and hatching eggs. If we have to make changes to your order we will contact you via email. 

Purchasing from us means you accept and agree to our terms and conditions that are listed below.
Thank you for your patience, understanding and supporting our farm. 

If you have any problem filling in your order form please contact us via email for assistance. Thank you. 

In order to calculate shipping of eggs we require:
a completed order form including your address, postal code,
phone number , email and the amount of eggs ordered


Your postal code determines shipping costs along with box size and weight

https://www.canadapost.ca/web/en/pages/parcelscon/default.page

Our postal code is V0E 1B5
You can use the  Canada Post website above and our box/weight table and then you can calculate your own Xpresspost shipping charge and add $6 for packaging.
These weights are for chicken eggs and duck eggs. 

Amount Box Size cm L X W X H Weight KG                        Duck Eggs
1 dozen 37 x 20 x 18 1.1                                        1.5
2 dozen 32 x 32 x 18 2.2                                           3
3 dozen 38 x 31 x 27 3.2                                           4
4 dozen 38 x 31 x 27 4.2
5 dozen 38 x 31 x 27 5.1

Please also check out our shipping examples page.

Payments For Shipped Orders are made by:
Interac Email Transfers to info@wildacres.ca

Payments for Pick Up Orders can be made by:
Interac Email Transfers prior to pick up to info@wildacres.ca

Cash at the gate (Interac is prefered during Covid-19)
(Sorry, no Personal Cheques or PayPal)

Please check out the links below for more information on how to make a payment via interact email transfer:

https://www.rbcroyalbank.com/onlinebanking/bankingusertips/emt/send.html

http://interac.ca/en/interac-e-transfer-consumer.html?gclid=CNzn_tXO0NICFUtNfgod7t8HzA

A box measuring approx. 32 cm X 32 cm X 18 holds 2 dozen eggs. This size of box with 2 dozen eggs weighs approx. 2.2 kg. (Every dozen eggs is approx. 1 kg. )

At Wild Acres are constantly working at improving our breeding stock and hatching eggs:
-We only use healthy young stock for our breeding pens that meet APA specifications as much as possible.
– We often use more than one rooster in our breeding pens to improve genetic diversity and increase the odds of fertility in our hatching eggs.
– We always purchase high quality feeds, greens, vitamins and herbs for increased egg production and to ensure strong shells and chicks.
– We run our incubators from spring through the early summer months so we are constantly checking the quality and fertility of our eggs. We stay in touch with our customers concerning fertility percentages via email or messenger.



Collecting, Storing, Packaging and Shipping Eggs:

-We collect the eggs several times throughout the day from clean nest boxes lined with straw or shavings.
-We collect eggs over the course of one week only, turn them daily and keep them in a cool dark room with humidity ranging between 55-65% and 10-15 degrees C.
-All of our eggs will be inspected, dated and labelled with a pencil as to what type they are.
-We only ship eggs that are hatching well on our farm.
-We will contact you if fertility drops and then a different breed or change in your order may be suggested.
-Deposits are only returned if we cannot make your specific order due to a lack of specific eggs or chicks.
-We use new eggs cartons, new boxes, new bubble wrap and packing paper when we pack our hatching eggs and we suggest heat packs when needed.
-We clearly label each box with bold lettering for Canada Post employees so it is easy to recognize the box.
-A Signature Option of $1.75 can be added to your egg order so that the box is held at the post office for you to pick up. This is a good idea for those people who receive their mail via community mailboxes. Eggs may get too cold, too hot or neglected in community mailboxes.
-We are in touch with our customers during the week of collection and during the mailing process via email or messenger.
-We send you the tracking number after 5 pm on shipment days.
-We are available if issues arise with Canada Post.

Terms and Conditions on Hatching Eggs:

  • We believe in old-fashioned breeding techniques that promote a healthy flock and we do not vaccinate our chicks or adult birds.
  • We will not ship less than a dozen eggs but you can have more than one breed in that dozen.
  • Chicks and ducklings will become available in April and be sold until June 30th depending on breed availability and the current order queue.
  • Due to biosecurity reasons, we do not sell pullets, laying hens or other adult birds and we do not take back any birds once they are hatched or purchased and leave our property.
  • We believe in being fair and schedule our customers in a dated queue according to the day they ordered and availability.
  • An order will not be held without an order form. We retain all our files electronically.
  • Purchasing hatching eggs involves a risk and we do not guarantee them to hatch or how many chicks will hatch. There are too many variables with hatching eggs due to travel time and or shipping, different types of incubators, weather variables which may affect heat or humidity and skills involved with the user. You take a calculated risk with incubating eggs and results will vary with each hatch. 
  • Therefore we do not refund, replace broken or credit hatching eggs. This includes eggs that are picked up at our gate.
  • Fertility can also fluctuate due to weather variables etc. and that is out of our control.
  • We ship hatching eggs to Canadians residences only.
  • Please remember that 100% hatch rate is not guaranteed even in the most ideal circumstances. 80% is considered a successful hatch even on our farm.
  • If your eggs have been sent to you by Canada post, the hatch rate will potentially drop to around 50% or even less.
  • It is a good idea to order two to four times the number of hatching eggs as the number of hens you plan to have in your flock.
  • Our chicks sell for $15 and they are sold unsexed. If you were to purchase 6 chicks that would be $90. If  you purchase a dozen eggs for $60 or $72 and only half hatch you are still saving yourself money.
  • A $20 deposit is due when you place the order to ensure your commitment and hold your place in queue.
  • We do not refund deposits on eggs unless we can’t supply the order (ie. a specific breed has stopped laying).
  • All hatching eggs are final sales.
  • Eggs are collected from Monday-Sunday, inspected for cracks, strong shells, shape, size, cleanliness and colour before being labelled with pencil and packed with care.  They always leave our farm in good order.
  • Dual-Purpose & Laying Breeds Mystery Egg Box is a mystery and we will send you our choice of breeds. The eggs will be labelled as to what type they are. This is a popular choice among people not looking for a specific breed.
  • Ornamental Breeds & Rare Breeds Mystery Egg Box is a mystery and we will send you our choice of breeds. The eggs will be labelled as to what type they are. This is a popular choice among people not looking for a specific breed.
  • There is a packaging fee of $6.00 and shipping costs via Xpresspost added to your egg order. We only ship via Xpresspost.
  • We prefer to ship hatching eggs on Monday or Tuesday to ensure delivery before the weekend.
  • Wild Acres is not responsible for delays nor losses by Canada Post for shipping.
  • There is no insurance on eggs via Canada Post. 
  • Canada Post will not reimburse the sender or receiver for the contents during Covid-19.
  • There is no refunds on shipped packages east of Manitoba or to BC islands. Canada Post has implemented new policies and they cannot promise it will get there within their 2-3 day policy. It could take up to 4-5 business days for eggs to get to Quebec, Ontario, Newfoundland, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia or Prince Edward Island. These eggs are shipped as fragile only. 
  • When the hatching eggs are dropped off at the post office, you will receive a tracking number after 5pm that day. Your phone number also needs to be on your package.
  • It may take a few hours for Canada Post tracking information to be updated online.
  • It is the customer’s responsibility to track their own package. However, If there are ANY issues with the tracking please contact us or call Canada Post at 1-800-267-1177.
  • Wild Acres shows poultry and breeds towards the Standard of Perfection but we cannot guarantee show quality.
  • We hatch hundreds of chicks every year, observe them, cull as needed and grow them out before making our final selection for our breeding pens.
  •  Our best roosters are chosen for our breeding purposes and very few birds will make the cut for any future poultry shows. 

    “No animal that exhibits a lack of vigor or good health or which proves low in fertility should be used as breeding stock.”
    http://www.albc-usa.org/documents/ALBCchicken_assessment-3.pdf

  
When Hatching Eggs Arrive and Preparing for Incubation:
Disclaimer: When we provide you with tips or advice for incubation that does not guarantee what your hatch rate will be. Our skills, incubators and our climate is unique to Wild Acres. 

P
lease let your hatching eggs sit in a cool room with the fat end up for 24 hours before incubation at 7.2 – 15.5 degrees C or 45 – 60F. Target humidity for fertile egg storage is 75%.

If your eggs have already been in transit for a longer period of time then expected you can put them in the incubator fat side up but do not turn on the turner for 24 hours.  

If you are purchasing shipped eggs, please check your eggs for cracks that may have happened during transit etc. carefully before you set them in an incubator. 

We incubate at 37.4C – 37.5C with a humidity of 47-49%. during the cooler spring months such as March/April. On hatch day we raise the humidity to 55-59% for our chicks. The incubator humidity will also naturally rise to as much as 62% on hatch day due to the moisture coming off the hatching eggs.

During hot dry summer months of August we raise the humidity to 49-54% in the incubator to compensate for the dryness in the environment. Central air conditioning also adds to the dryness factor in homes. Hatch day humidity should be higher as well such as 55-62% but you may have to drop the temperature to about 37.2 to allow the chicks cooler air to breathe. Check your air sac size to see if you need to increase the humidity or decrease it (See the egg picture on the bottom of this page).

For duck, turkey and goose eggs we may raise the humidity closer to 60-62% and we may drop the temperature down 1/2 a degree or so on hatch day depending on the heat in the room, egg capacity and how they are hatching and or breathing in the incubator.
Happy Hatching!

Incubating eggs suffer much more from higher temperatures than they do from lower temperatures.  Within a range of 1 degree Celsius difference can damage the embryos and make it harder for them to hatch.  

  1. Clean and sanitize the incubator prior to your hatching eggs arrival.
  2. Maintaining incubator room temperature between 21 and 24C with good ventilation and relatively high humidity will increase your hatch rate.
  3. Turn on your incubator to warm it up a day or two ahead prior to adding the eggs and adjust the temperature and humidity as needed a couple days ahead of adding the eggs. Watch for fluctuations.
  4. Wash your hands and unpack the eggs.
  5. Mark the eggs will an O on one side and an X on the other side with a pencil if you plan to turn by hand.
  6. Mark your calendar and count down 21 days to incubation for chicks. Chicks can take as long as 25 days to hatch if the incubation temperature dropped for a period of time.
  7. Our ducks eggs take 28 days or more to start hatching but they are slow hatchers and they need extra time to hatch due to their thicker shells.
  8. Turn the eggs 3-4 times daily in a small incubator if you do not have a turner especially in the first week.
  9. Check your eggs with a candler or good small flashlight at 7-10 days or later for development.
  10. Take out any eggs that are not developing correctly, are cracked or have become damaged.
  11. At the 18th day stop turning your eggs and raise the humidity slightly depending on the dryness in your home or area during that time of year. Too much humidity can cause hatching problems and or deformities so do not over do it. I like to keep it on the lower side for chicks and a bit higher for ducklings as they have thicker shells.
  12. Please allow chicks and ducklings time to dry off before you remove them from the incubator. I usually leave them in there for about 24 – 48 hours. Mother hens stay on the nest until all the eggs hatch before moving off of it. It also allows slow hatchers time to hatch and chicks need to spend a good part of the first couple of days drying off and recuperating.
  13. Baby chicks don’t need anything to eat or drink for about 48 hours after they’ve hatched. They are sustained by the yolk of the egg, which they absorb into their body just before they break through the shell.
  14. Prepare the brooder area a day ahead of your chick arrival or before you remove the chicks from the incubator with an 18 inch brooder guard to ward off drafts and with a proper red 250 watt heat lamp, especially in early spring when it is cooler.
  15. We also use a 150, 100 or 75 watt red reptile heat lamps from the pet store as a secondary light during the hotter summer months. We alternate or use both the red 250 watt light and red reptile light as needed depending on the weather and needs/ages of the chicks.
  16. Do not be in a rush to take away or shut off the lights, especially for smaller breeds and bantams. They need to be fully feathered in first and we recommend that they should be at least 8 weeks old. Bantams and smaller breeds may need the light for a longer period of time depending on the weather, their development , size, and feed. Bantams should get higher protein and or chick starter, which is higher in protein for a longer period of time.
  17. If you are raising a mixed flock and have different breeds of chicks in the same brooder you will note that some chicks are already larger upon arrival and they may grow faster than the smaller breeds or pullets. Observe your chicks daily for development and know that you may have to provide a separate brooder area for the smaller or slower developing chicks so that they also have access to feed, water and heat without becoming trampled. 
  18. Dip the chicks beaks in the water a few times to show them where it is when you first introduce them to the brooder area.  We add a 1/4 of a teaspoon of a Electrovite, which is a vitamin electrolyte mix  and  1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to the gallon sized waterer. We purchase Electrovite at our local feed store and apple cider vinegar at the grocery store.
  19. We prefer apple cider vinegar with the Mother in it (Braggs) as the chicks feather out quicker and are a lot healthier when compared to chicks given the regular filtered apple cider vinegar. Braggs is great for their immune systems, guards against bad bacteria and maintains digestive health in the intestines by lowering the pH levels and is an overall health booster. Be sure and use a plastic waterer: the ACV will rust the metal and galvanized waterers.
  20. Vitamin deficiencies can look like very much like Mereks: https://thepoultrysite.com/publications/diseases-of-poultry/217/vitamin-b2-deficiencyhttps://www.merckvetmanual.com/poultry/nutrition-and-management-poultry/vitamin-deficiencies-in-poultryhttps://www.backyardchickens.com/articles/the-great-big-giant-mareks-disease-faq.66077/
  21. Sprinkle the chick starter around on a paper towel, shop towel or puppy pad on the floor of the brooder and leave the feeder in the middle of it. Change the paper towel daily and remove the paper towels after a day or two and add shavings slowly. This is just to ensure that the chicks or ducklings find the food they need and don’t eat shavings by accident.
  22. It is very important to keep your brooder area dry and clean. Drafts, high humidity and or heat and ammonia are harmful and cause sickness and death. We clean out our waterers and feeders 2-3 times a day for developing chicks and we adjust the height of the feeders and waters, lights and air flow as needed throughout the day. A mother hen is consist source of heat, guidance and protection and she would not leave her offspring alone for very long. Otherwise, they may perish. You are taking on the role of the mother hen when you decide to build a brooder and some raise chicks.
    Spring hatch day. Note the temperature and humidity. The temperature outside and in the room was on the cool side.

    Please see our extensive Care Tips and Link Page for more information on hatching eggs, poultry, waterfowl and goat care.

Every Hatch and Incubator is Unique
Some of the possible causes of unsuccessful hatches are:

-Damage from mishandled packages in shipping or during travel
-Exposure of the eggs to extreme temperature/pressure/x-ray
-Weather/humidity can affect eggs during the lay time, travel and incubation (ie. dry or humid weather/hot, or cold temperatures)
-Inexperience with incubation/failure to prepare/improper technique

-Type of incubator, faulty incubator, turner or egg capacity 
-Incorrect incubator temperatures at time of setting or during hatch
-Incorrect incubator humidity levels
-Improper storage of eggs and not allowing your eggs to rest before putting them into the incubator for up to 24 hours even with picked up eggs as condensation builds up in the eggs. 
-Improper cleaning of the incubator prior to starting incubation (this may allow bacteria to form and contaminate your eggs)
-Not cleaning hands properly before handling eggs or handling them too much, especially during the first week of incubation.
-Location of the incubator: keep the incubator in a cool area away from sunshine, drafts and heavy traffic. (We suggest a cool room in the basement). 

https://the-chicken-chick.com/facts-and-myths-about-fertile-eggs/

https://the-chicken-chick.com/chicken-embryo-development-views-from/

 

How to Spot Problems of Newly Hatched Chicks Chicken Health For Dummies

A chick with spraddle leg and a chick with bandaged legs.

Question: Have you ever shipped eggs to Nova Scotia?  I understand the farther they go the lower the hatch rate is.
Every week from April until June 30th we ship out dozens of fertilized eggs across Canada including NB, PEI and NS.  The hatch rate of fertilized eggs depends on many factors including: breed of chicken/ genetics, chicken age/pairings, feed/vitamins, breeding pen set up, packaging, incubators used, experience of the person hatching, time of year spring vs fall and of course the time in transit/handling with Canada Post.

Shipping eggs in spring, such as April is can be better due to fertility of eggs and healthier rested chickens. In late summer fertility drops as the chickens tire and the summer heat affects egg laying and fertilization. It also affects humidity and heat in incubators making it more difficult for chicks to hatch properly. In August the temperatures start to cool and the fertility improves as does the hatch rate.

Shipped eggs are slightly older and depending on how roughly they were handled you should expect a hatch rate of 50% or less. Some hatch rates will be much better but we cannot guarantee this. These same eggs will hatch 85-95% or higher at home. It is a good idea to order two to four times the number of hatching eggs as the number of hens you plan to have in your flock.