We will announce when we will open our sales lists for chicks on our Instagram and Facebook When ordering chicks at that time you can select a preferred shipping date as early as Valentines day week and as far out as the middle of October. Chicks will begin shipping and being available for pickup Valentines day week of each season.
We now have a fantastic new checkout process that allows you to see chick availability week by week for both pickup and shipping of chicks. Need help ordering? This tutorial video will cover how to use our new checkout process for shipping.
If your chicks will be shipped to you we recommend reading this preparation guide. We ship our chicks on Tuesdays only. After placing your order you will receive a confirmation from us and one week before your shipment you will receive a tracking number and more details on the shipment. Once your chicks ship they will be held at your closest post office for you to come pick them up. The post office will give you a call as soon as they come in so you can go and collect them.
For shipped chicks we have a minimum of 10 from February-June and 6 from June-October to guarantee live arrival. If 10 or 6 chicks is more than you wanted to order we can pad your order with free male chicks so that all chicks have a safe journey from us to you. Shipping for chicks is a flat rate of $60 for express and all the comforts to give them a safe journey.
Chicks can be picked up directly from the farm and there is no minimum number you need to order, though we do recommend at least two because chickens are social creatures and one lone chick will not thrive well.
If you are looking to place a bulk order for chicks (over 30 chicks) we can offer wholesale pricing and a larger shipping box. Email us for a quote and shipping time, we are happy to help meet your flock needs!
If you are picking up your chicks from the farm you can select a pickup date and time and your chicks will be available to you via our self serve farmstand infront of our front gate.
Chicken Hatching Eggs:
We have hatching eggs available at different times of the year, for the most up to date availability see our calendar on each hatching egg breed.
We ship all orders of hatching eggs on Tuesday mornings along with our chicks. Any orders needing to be shipped on a Tuesday must be made and 5pm on the previous Sunday.
There are no minimums for shipped eggs, the shipping/handling cost is a flat $30 for up to 2 dozen chicken eggs anywhere in the US. For orders over 2 dozen eggs we will need to charge a second shipping fee. We do not guarantee any hatch rate on our shipped eggs but we can guarantee that they will arrive intact and that they will be fertile. We now are 100% plastic free in our shipping process of both hatching eggs and baby chicks – woohoo!
When deciding how many fertile hatching eggs to order I always start with how many hens we would like to have. If you would like 2 hens then you should order at least 5 hatching eggs, this is because each egg has a 50/50 chance of being a male or female chick and the 5th egg is just incase something does not go correctly along the way with the incubation process. Now, if the eggs are going to be shipped I would double that number to 10 eggs because shipping does indeed take a toll on the eggs. We only ship the freshest eggs possible but no matter how well we package them they will be exposed to temperature swings and possible dropping/throwing.
I always plan on 50% of my shipped eggs hatching and then of those 50% that hatched, another 50% will be female. It is a very conservative way to calculate how many hens you will get. Hopefully the hatch rate is much better and hopefully you get more hens. If you do end up with more hens then you were planning then it is a good thing – folks are always happy to adopt extra hens from other folks!
Our farm is not open to the public due to needing to maintain good biosecurity for the health of our flocks and our NPIP certification. We are however open for egg and chick pickup appointments if you are local and would like to pick your new flock members up. The easiest way to get the process started is to make an order through our online store on this website. You can either prepay for your eggs/chicks at that time through paypal or select “check payment” and pay with cash or check made out to Alchemist Farm when you come for your pickup appointment. Pickup appointments are available on Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday each week.
We do not sell pullets or laying hens unless we have a special sale which is typically announced through our email list or our instagram and facebook accounts. To stay updated on all of our current sales and happenings on the farm we recommend following us on both platforms. We can be found at @AlchemistFarm