Here at Serendipity Farm we love hatching! We hatch a variety of heritage and rare breed Chickens. Fertile eggs are collected daily and turned twice per day before being incubated. Chicks are available throughout the Spring and Summer. Coop-ready pullets and cockerels are available late Spring through Fall. We occasionally have adult laying hens and adult roosters available, usually late Summer through early Fall. Hatching eggs are available May through September with 1-2 week notice. We only sell fresh eggs for hatching to give you the best chance of success!
2023 Chick Availability – beginning in March!
***Prices listed are for chicks under a week old! Prices for chicks that are a few weeks old will be a little higher***
Cream Crested Legbars – $15 for females, $5 each for males – the Cream Crested Legbar is an autosexing breed that lays blue eggs. The male is a gorgeous mix of golden brown, cream, white, black, and barred all over. The female is mostly brown, but also barred, and has a puff or crest of feathers on top of her head. These chicks will carry the Opal (lavender) gene. The father of these chicks “Marty III” is very friendly and I expect his sons will be too.
Opal Crested Legbars – $20 for females, $5 each for males – the Cream Crested Legbar is an autosexing breed that lays blue eggs. Since our hens are opal and the rooster Marty III carries the opal gene, we are hatching approximately 50% opal chicks in our legbar hatches! Opal is the lavender version of the Legbar – they are light gray and with their barring just slightly visible.
Chantecler Hybrid – $4 each (straight run only) – I have been working with this hybrid for several years to incorporate the personality of the Orpington with the winter egg-laying, small comb, and foraging ability of the Chantecler. The Chantecler hybrid is less expensive to feed than the Oprington and the hens are always my first to start laying for Spring (usually in late January or early February!). In recent years I have also incorporated some Wyandotte and other excellent-laying breeds in an attempt to increase egg size and add more feather colors. These hybrids will mature a bit slower than production layer breeds such as the Leghorn and Gold Comet, however these hybrid hens lay further into the winter, start laying earlier in Spring, and have more high-production years than those breeds. They also have better instincts than production breeds – they forage well and due to natural selection throughout the years I’ve been breeding them, they are quite good at avoiding hawks! I have purposely been selecting only friendly males for breeding which I believe gives the male descendants a better chance at also being friendly. These hybrids could be most any color including white, black, chocolate, wheaten, lavender, barred, or duckwing.
Candy Corn Polish – $20 each (unsexed) – Polish are well known for their fancy “top-hats” or crests of feathers on top of their heads. The “Candy Corn” Polish are one of the MOST colorful of Polish chickens because they are a mix of golden brown and dark black with white barring and sometimes dark green accents. They are alert, active, and very fun to watch! I do not recommend letting them free range since their crests make it difficult for them to see hawks. The females lay medium sized white eggs.
Tolbunt Polish – $30 each (unsexed, very limited quantities available this year) – Polish are well known for their fancy “top-hats” or crests of feathers on top of their heads. The Tolbunt Polish are another of the MOST colorful of Polish chickens because they are a mix of golden brown and dark black with white mottling and sometimes dark green accents. They are alert, active, and very fun to watch! I do not recommend letting them free range since their crests make it difficult for them to see hawks. The females lay medium sized white eggs. As I am keeping some of these to build my flock, I will only have a few available at a time throughout the Spring.
WAIT LIST FULL – Fibromelanistic Easter Egger – chicks $10 each (straight run only) – These chicks are a mix of dark-skinned Mosaic and various blue/green laying breeds. They will all have dark skin and their feather coloring will be unique and varied. Most will lay some shade of light blue or green, but some may lay an ivory, tan, or light pinkish egg. I sadly lost 2 of my hens to a hawk in early March and only one remains, so we won’t have many of these eggs to hatch this year. If you are interested in them, please email me and let me know so I can reserve them for you.
Quail: (Not Currently Available)
***Quail hatching eggs are available with notice! Email SerendipityfarmNC@yaho.com
Coturnix Quail – $2-10 depending on age/sex. We have a variety of colors and most can be sexed at around 4 weeks old. Coturnix are a fast-growing and early-laying breed of quail, perfect for both meat and egg production. The eggs are ivory-gray with dark brown/gray/black spots – similar to the Dalmatian jasper gemstone! Quail cannot be allowed to free range since they will fly away. They are best housed in rabbit hutches or similar caging or enclosed aviaries.