Frequently Asked Questions...
Q: Do you guarantee that the hatching eggs I order will hatch?
A: No, your eggs may not hatch!
When discussing shipped hatching eggs with an individual, we always try to remind them of the risks involved when purchasing hatching eggs and the difference between an infertile egg and a nonviable egg.
Shipped hatching eggs may travel a great distance and experience excessive variations in climate, including temperature, humidity and pressure changes that may occur with fluctuations in altitude. These conditions, coupled with the possibility of simple human carelessness when handling the package, can decrease the likelihood of a successful hatch.
Because of these factors, a fertile and viable egg can be packed into a box, shipped to you and arrive in a nonviable state. When candling the eggs, nonviable eggs appear clear, just as infertile eggs do.
Errors in incubation procedure and preparation may also cause an unsuccessful outcome.
Due to these circumstances beyond our control during shipment and incubation, Gabbard Farms in no way guarantees the hatchability of eggs. However, all eggs will be fresh and guaranteed to get you in good shape for hatching.
Q: How many eggs should I reasonably expect to hatch?
A: You should reasonably expect 45-50% of the eggs you ordered to hatch. These numbers are not guaranteed but are based on average success rates from past incubation attempts of shipped hatching eggs. You could do better or worse.
Q: How many eggs should I order?
A: Assuming an average hatch rate of 50% , you should be able to “estimate” how many eggs you will need to order, based on your goals. If your goal is to have 6 hens, for example, you will want to order approximately 24 eggs. (50% of 24 is 12, From these 12 chicks, theoretically 50% will be male and 50% female (though it does not always prove to be a 50/50 split of males to females). This would conceivably leave you with 6 hens.
Q: Will you allow me to come to the farm and pick up my eggs or arrange for local pickup?
A: At this time, we do not allow pickup at the farm or arrange for local pickups.
Q: Do you ship overseas?
A: We only ship hatching eggs to the lower 48 States and Alaska.
Most merchandise can be shipped to Hawaii, US Territories and Canada. Please allow an additional 3-4 business days for delivery to locations outside the lower 48 States.
Q: Can I preorder hatching eggs and have them shipped at a specific time?
A: Sure! We will make every effort to ship your eggs when requested. Shipments are always based on availability. Our chickens are not mass producers and their laying habits can change quite suddenly. A hen can stop laying in as little as 48 hours or less, due to broodiness, the number of light hours in a day, stress caused by an injury, illness, heat & cold, molting, and sometimes when it just doesn’t “suit her fancy“…We do our best to estimate the availability of eggs from each breed based on past performance but, as the old adage goes, “don‘t count your chickens…“ Please be patient and know that your order is our priority. Purchases will be filled in the order taken. Please be prepared for delays if you are ordering a rarer breed that is in high demand. We will keep you informed of any changes in availability, should the need arise.
Q: Do you have a minimum order requirement for hatching eggs?
A: No, You may order as few as you like.
Q: Will my hatching eggs be marked so I know what breed they are?
A. Yes, all eggs will arrive marked with a specific breed code. A complete breed code list will be included in your shipment. Breed Codes can also be found under each breeds name on the Hatching Eggs pages.
Q: I have ordered both an incubator and hatching eggs, will they arrive together?
A: Not necessarily, your incubator may drop ship from the manufacturer. Please keep this in mind when ordering. If you have ordered an incubator and hatching eggs, you will need to allow time for your incubator to arrive, be set up and prepared for your eggs. You should request that your eggs arrive 1-2 weeks after your order is placed. Ideally, you should order your incubator prior to your hatching eggs. This will remove the possibility of your eggs arriving before your incubator.
Q: My shipped hatching eggs have arrived. How long can I store my eggs before they must be incubated?
A: Once hatching eggs arrive, they should be allowed to rest at room temperature (70 F.) for 18-24 hours without movement and then placed immediately into your preheated incubator. We discuss this in detail in our Gabbard Farms guide to Artificial Incubation. Please refer to our e-Book for full incubation instructions and helpful tips!
Q: What are Gabbard Farms Terms and Policies for ordering?
A: When customers order hatching eggs or merchandise from Gabbard Farms, we ask that they read, understand and agree to our terms and policies.
Shipping hatching eggs. Hatching eggs are shipped year round from Gabbard Farms (subject to availability). Hot and cold packs are available seasonally and can be added to your order to help safeguard hatching eggs that are shipped during times of extreme temperatures. *Adding a hot or cold pack does not guarantee that your hatching eggs will hatch.
Hatching egg orders are shipped Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday (contingent upon your location from Arkansas) and Saturday each week and are delivered by USPS 2-3 day (not guaranteed) Priority mail. USPS Express mail is available upon request for an additional fee. USPS Express mail is guaranteed in either 1 or 2 days depending on your location.
The maximum quantity of eggs shipped per box is 24. You may order as many eggs as you like (based on availability). Orders over 24 will ship separately. Any orders less than 24 eggs will receive 1 or more free extra(s) to compensate for any mishaps that may occur in the shipping or incubation process. Eggs are wrapped with utmost care to arrive safely to you. Unfortunately, regardless of the care taken with packaging, sometimes packages are mishandled and delicate eggs arrive broken. If your eggs arrive and more than your free extras are broken, please contact us for a refund.
Cancellations and changes. Due to the time sensitive nature of hatching eggs and availability schedules, cancellations or changes will be subject to a $10.00 cancellation/change fee. If your order is unable to be filled by Gabbard Farms, a full refund will be credited promptly or a rain check will be issued (customers choice).
Merchandise orders. (Non-hatching egg) may be shipped Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday or Saturday depending on the location of the distributor. Merchandise shipped by Gabbard Farms will be shipped by USPS. Merchandise shipped by manufacturers may be shipped by USPS, UPS or Fed Ex. Requests for a specific carrier are not possible in most cases. We try to ship orders the day after payment is received. We will ship your order as quickly as possible but please allow 2-3 weeks for delivery.
Drop shipped items. Some of the products we sell are shipped directly from the manufacturer. Please allow additional delivery time for these items to arrive. There may be a restocking fee on drop-shipped items which are returned.
Backorders. We try very hard to keep all of the merchandise we offer available at all times and offer you the best service we can provide. However, Gabbard Farms reserves the right to backorder any merchandise that may not be in stock. We will keep you updated on the status of your backorder.
Merchandise Returns. Prior approval is required before merchandise can be returned. Please email for approval. We accept merchandise for refund or exchange as long as it is in its original carton or container, has all the appropriate literature, has not been used, and is in resalable condition. You may be subject to a handling and restocking fee of 10% of the original cost of the item. Merchandise that is drop shipped from the factory may be subject to additional or different terms set by the individual manufacturer. A refund will not be issued until the item has arrived at our farm. Return shipping costs are the responsibility of the purchaser.