Several weeks ago, I began to investigate the possibility of hatching eggs instead of buying baby chicks at Tractor Supply . . not that I stopped buying chicks . . but there are varieties that Tractor Supply doesn’t have and we are moving more towards heirloom breeds of chicken, and those are pretty hard to come by locally. One of the ladies on a Facebook group I belong to is Bonnie, The Not-So-Modern Housewife. She mentioned that she had some Australorp hatching eggs and I said “YES!”. Then I realized . . I don’t even have an incubator so with a bit of back and forth communication with Bonnie, I ordered my incubator and let her know when it would be arriving and I placed my order for some of her Australorp eggs.
I ordered 12 eggs and they arrived last week. They were clean . . which matters a lot! They were wrapped in bubble wrap and cushioned in a priority mail box. They arrived on Wednesday and were immediately placed in the incubator. They are now in Day 5. It takes about 21 days for them to hatch so I’m anxiously counting down the days.
(The photo shows eggs from Bonnie, along with turkey eggs from a friend, and a couple of eggs from my chickens, which will be the “test” of mailed vs. non-mailed eggs.)
Bonnie sells her hatching eggs on her website. She has Australorps, Barnevelders, and Easter Eggers (the ones that lay blue and green eggs) listed as the eggs she has available, or will have available. Because you don’t always know how many eggs you’re going to get, and because there are certain weather conditions when shipping eggs isn’t advisable, you may have to get on a waiting list but if you’re interested in hatching your own eggs, I highly recommend ordering from Bonnie. The Not-So-Modern Housewife!
I will keep you posted on what’s happening in the incubators around here.