Our Hatchery

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 most of the year with 1-2 week notice.  We only sell fresh eggs for hatching to give you the best chance of success!

Available from our own hatching:

Limited availability starting in March 2021! Guinea fowl most likely available in May/June at the earliest.

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CHICKENS:

Lavender English Orpingtons – chicks $8 each (straight run only) – English Orpingtons are a docile breed that are great layers and do well in winter due to their thick feathering.

Crested Legbars – $15 for females, $2 each for males (or free with female purchase) – 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.  Some of these will carry the “Frost” white gene.

Chantecler/Orpington 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 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!).  They mature a bit slower than production layer breeds such as the Leghorn and Gold Comet, however the Orp/Chant hybrid hens lay further into the winter, start laying earlier in Spring, and have more high-production years than those breeds.

Black Copper Marans – $10 each (straight run only) – Black Copper Marans are beautiful feathered-legged solid black chickens that lay dark brown eggs.  The males usually have copper-colored feathers on their necks and saddle.  The females often have some copper-colored feathers on their necks, but not as much as the males.  They are well-known for laying the darkest brown eggs of all the brown-egg-laying breeds.

Candy Cane Polish – $15 each (unsexed) – Polish are well known for their fancy “top-hats” or crests of feathers on top of their heads.  The “Candy Cane” 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.

F1 Olive Egger – chicks $5 each (straight run only) – Our female F1 Olive Eggers should lay a medium olive egg. Unlike most commercial olive eggers that are Ameraucana-based, ours are Crested Legbar crosses.  They will have a single comb, no muff or beard, and will be black with white barring similar to a barred rock.

Easter Egger – chicks $5 each (straight run only) – Easter Eggers are a mixed breed of other blue and green laying breeds.  Your EEs from Serendipity farm will have a mix of Crested Legbar, Ameraucana, and Marans genetics and the females will lay a blue, light green, or aqua “spearmint” egg.

OTHER POULTRY:

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.

Guinea Fowl – $8 each for keets (straight run only).  Guinea fowl are raised in a similar way to chicks, but need to be free ranged to do their important job of consuming ticks!  They will “home-in” wherever you raise them, so they CAN be trained to go into a coop at night like chickens.  Our breeding stock are mostly lighter colors – porcelain, ivory, and lavender, but I’m hoping the royal purple male will father some darker colored chicks.

Available from our hatchery orders:

We will have hatchery-sexed female chicks arriving regularly during March, April, and May.  We expect a variety of breeds! Hatchery chicks are $7-15 each depending on breed and come vaccinated for Mareks.  (Occasionally we get the especially rare chick like a Jubilee Orpington or Splash Marans which are priced at $25 each.)  Pre-orders are welcome with deposit.  If you need a male, I usually have extras from my own hatching.  Males are $2 each or free with female purchase.

March 2021

3/3 Assorted “Rare” Breeds – we never know exactly what we are getting til they arrive (and some are usually a mystery anyway), but that is part of the fun!  Here’s a list of what we received in our orders in 2020:  Crested Legbar, Black Australorpe, Splash Marans, Blue Marans, Cuckoo Marans, Black Copper Marans, Lavender Orpington, Jubilee Orpington, Gold Laced Polish, Splash Polish, Easter Egger, Olive Egger, White Cochin, Partridge Cochin, Dark Brahma, Buff Brahma, Swedish Flower, Barred Rock, Silver Dorking, Welsummer, Speckled Sussex, Spitzhauben, Egyptian Fayoumi, Gold Laced Wyandotte, Blue Laced Red Wyandotte, Buckeye, Barnevelder, Ameraucana, Australorpe, Andalusian, Buff Chantecler, Exchequer Leghorn

3/10 – Assorted Rare Breeds

3/17 – Dominiques & Assorted Rare Breeds

3/24 – Assorted Rare Breeds
3/29 – To be determined – OPEN FOR REQUESTS!  Email serendipityfarmNC@yahoo.com to place an order.

April 2021

4/7 – Buff Orpington, White Leghorn, Easter Egger, Barred Rock, Rhode Island Red
4/14 – Assorted Rare Breeds, Gold Laced Polish, Egyptian Fayoumi
4/21 – Assorted Rare Breeds, Speckled Sussex Females
4/28 – To be determined – OPEN FOR REQUESTS

May 2021

To be determined – OPEN FOR REQUESTS

June 2021

6/7 – Buff Chantecler, Silver Laced Wyandotte, Assorted Rare Breeds

Email SerendipityfarmNC@yahoo.com to reserve!