We open our chick order and shipping lists for each season on January 1st. 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 first week of October. Chicks will begin shipping Valentines day week each season.
Chicken Hatching Eggs:
Chicken hatching egg orders will open June 1st and begin shipping July 1st of each year. We do not ship chicken hatching eggs earlier in an effort to fulfill everyones chick orders in a timely manner.
Quail Hatching Eggs:
Ship year round and can be ordered at any time.
We ship all orders of hatching eggs and chicks Tuesday mornings. 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 $25 for up to 2dz chicken and 5 dozen quail eggs anywhere in the US. We now are 100% plastic free in our shipping process of both hatching eggs and baby chicks – woohoo!
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 $50 for express and all the comforts to give them a safe journey. If you are looking to place a bulk order for chicks (over 50 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!
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 can be made for anyday of the week. If selecting “farm pickup” in the checkout process it will still ask you for a shipping week. Simply select a week that you would like to come for your chicks and we will reach out to you after your order comes through to coordinate a pickup time.
We do not sell pullets or laying hens unless we have a special sale which is typically announced over 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
Should I order quail chicks or hatching eggs?
It is totally reasonable for a first timer to get hatching eggs. It is my preferred method for getting quail to folks – the eggs are far more stable than the chicks in the mail as the chicks are very fragile when they are young. Their eggs are very easy to incubate the quail chicks are SO STINKING CUTE!
If ordering hatching eggs from us (or chicken or quail) we will be sending you an incubation care sheet to go with your eggs so you can incubate in confidence and prepare the brooder for them for hatching day.