Hatching Eggs

Wild Acres located in Armstrong, BC, Canada ships hatching eggs across Canada by Xpresspost. Some of out breeds are limited to 1-2 dozen eggs 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 ship dozens of hatching eggs across Canada every week from March through the early summer months. Some of our heritage chicks or hatching eggs will be limited and we do not guarantee show quality. We do appreciate your business and we want you to be satisfied with your purchase. Please remember that dealing with live poultry and eggs do have their risks.

          We are currently taking pre-orders for 2019 hatching eggs. 

As of Feb, 22nd we are booked up until mid to late May for many of our chicks breeds and  fertile eggs. 

Please contact us via email and if you have any issues with the order form. 

We cannot guaranteed shipment dates but we can stay in touch and give you an approximate time frame. Not every breed goes into full production at the same time. We do test hatches and check for fertility prior to shipments to ensure quality chicks and hatching eggs.

To order to hold your place in queue we require an order form and a deposit.
Emails are preferred and we can answer questions more readily this way as well.

No guarantees on hatching eggs, no refunds or replacements. 
Eggs are collected Monday-Sunday, packed with care and leave here in good order.

In regards to hatching eggs there is normally 50/50 male and female ratio for hatched chicks, but no guarantees. Therefore the rule of thumb for ordering eggs or chicks is to order twice as many eggs or chicks as you would want hens. 

Purchasing from us means you accept and agree to our terms and conditions, which are listed below. 

Please check out our poultry breed pages for availability.

PDF Fillable Order Form Directions:

It is best to download and install Adobe Acrobat Reader on your PC or your phone.
https://get.adobe.com/reader/
Open it, fill it in , save it to your computer (ie. your desktop or documents) and then send it back to Wild Acres at info@wildacres.ca  

If you have any problems please contact us via email. 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
(We can send you a PDF or doc. order form via email) 
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.

Amount Box Size cm L X W X H Weight KG
1 dozen 37 x 19 x 17 1.1
2 dozen 32 x 32 x 17 2.2
3 dozen 38 x 31 x 17 3.1
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 Shipping Orders can be made by:
Interac Email Transfers to info@wildacres.ca
Paypal (2.9% extra charge)

Payments for Pick Up Orders can be made by:
Cash
Interac Email Transfers
Paypal (2.9% extra charge)
Certified Cheque or Money Order
Sorry, No Personal Cheques

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 17  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 purchase high quality feeds, greens, vitamins and herbs for increased egg production.
– We run our incubators from February through the early summer months so we are constantly checking the fertility of our eggs and we stay in touch with our customers concerning fertility percentages.



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.
-We only ship eggs we have good fertility and hatchability with at home.
-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 as a fertile eggs shipment.
-We are in touch with our customers during the week of collection and during the mailing process.
-We send you the tracking number after 5 pm that day.
-We are available if issues arise with Canada Post.

Terms and Conditions on Hatching Eggs:

  • Hatching eggs are a risk and we do not guarantee them.
  • We ship hatching eggs to Canadians residences only.
  • A $20 deposit or the full amount 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.
  • Eggs are collected Monday-Sunday, packed with care and leave here in good order.
  • We do add a few extra eggs for shipping losses if we have them available at the time.
  • There is a packaging fee of $6.00 and shipping costs via Xpresspost added to your egg order.
  • We prefer to ship hatching eggs on Monday or Tuesday to ensure delivery before the weekend. 
  • Fertility can fluctuate and that is out of our control. 
  • All hatching eggs are final sales.
  • We do not refund, replace or credit hatching eggs.
  • Wild Acres is not responsible for delays nor losses by Canada Post for shipping.
  • There is no insurance on eggs.
  • Canada Post will not reimburse the sender or receiver for the contents.
  • Canada Post only allows for a partial refund on shipping costs when the package arrives on the following Monday or Tuesday.  
  • There is a $5 fee to process late parcel refunds.
  • 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.
  • Please remember that 100% hatch rate is not guaranteed even in the most ideal circumstances. 80% is considered a successful hatch even at home. If your eggs have been sent to you by Canada post, that 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 standard chicks sell for $12. Most of them are sold unsexed. If you were to purchase 6 chicks that would be $72. If  you purchase a dozen eggs for $60 and only half hatch you are still saving yourself money.
  • We show poultry and breed towards the Standard of Perfection but we cannot guarantee show quality. 

  
When Hatching Eggs Arrive and Preparing for Incubation: 
(Please see our Care Tip page for more detailed information)

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 purchasing shipped eggs, please check your eggs for cracks etc. carefully before you set them in an incubator. That is why we send extra eggs. We incubate at 37.4C – 37.5C with a humidity of 46-47%. during the cooler spring months such as March/April. On hatch day we raise the humidity to 52-56% for our chicks. The incubator humidity will also naturally rise 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 temperature within a range of 1 degree C

  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 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 geese, ducks and turkeys usually 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. Some breeds of geese can take 30-35 days to hatch.
  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 become damaged.
  11. At the 18th day stop turning your eggs chicken 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 turkeys and 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 12-24 hours and as much as 48 hours. It also allows slow hatchers time to hatch and chicks need to spend a good part of the couple of days after hatch sleeping.
  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 with an 18 inch brooder guard to ward off drafts and set this up  before you remove the chicks from the incubator with the heat lamp.
  15. Dip their 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 dash of a vitamin electrolyte mix and a bit of apple cider vinegar to the water.
  16. Sprinkle the chick starter around on a paper towel or shop towel flooring and leave the feeder in the middle of it. You can remove the paper towels after a day or two. This is just to ensure that the chicks find the food they need and don’t eat shavings by accident.
    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.

Some of the possible causes of unsuccessful hatches are:
·Damage from mishandled packages in shipping
·Exposure of the eggs to extreme temperature/pressure/x-ray
·Inexperience with incubation/failure to prepare/improper technique
·Faulty incubators
·Incorrect incubator temperatures
·Incorrect incubator humidity levels
·Improper storage of eggs and not allowing your eggs to rest before putting them into the incubator.
·Improper cleaning of the incubator prior to starting incubation (this may allow bacteria to form and contaminate your eggs)

Please remember that you are not paying for chicks. You are paying for fresh, fertile eggs. 

Different Incubators, fluctuating temperatures and humidity, egg handling, storage and shipping variables make each hatch unique. Issues like these are simply beyond our control, hence we cannot guarantee hatchability. 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. Also remember that chicks, poults and waterfowl generally hatch out 50% female and 50% male.

However, we do guarantee that fertility has been tested here on the farm prior to sale, and we let you know up front what the fertility percentage is. We do test hatches throughout the entire time that we sell hatching eggs, to ensure that the fertility remains constant. The buyer assumes all risk associated with shipped eggs, once they leave our hands.

Embryo Development Summary

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 March until the early summer months 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 March 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 85-100% 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. These are only averages and you may have a better hatch rate.
Our standard chicks sell for $12 each . If you were to purchase 6 chicks that would be $72. If  you purchase a dozen eggs for $60 and only half hatch you are still saving yourself money.