Buying Eggs to Hatch in Your Incubator

You could hit any country auction house or livestock sale barn and pick yourself up a bantam hen to hatch any variety of eggs for you (some hens have even roosted on golf balls to try to hatch them!).

Better yet, get an incubator to hatch out an endless supply of chicks, ducks and turkeys with a pretty good chance of success.

Freshly hatched baby chicken - 5-6 days old

In the past we’ve hatched out ducks, geese, chickens, quail and guinea fowl with a 95% hatch rate (the guineas brought my success rate down considerably! Don’t know what a guinea hen is? See a picture on the egg incubators page).

Believe me if I can hatch out poultry here – in a neck of the woods where our hydro goes out repeatedly in all seasons – you can do it where ever you’re located as well.

On a side note, if your hydro does cut out from time to time, be sure not to lift the lid of your incubator while you wait for the electricity to be restored to it’s normal state.

If your room is cold or if you anticipate a long wait wrap a towel or place a cardboard box over the incubator full of eggs to help keep the warmth in.

A slight drop for a few hours shouldn’t harm the incubating chicks – after all, in nature the mother hen does leave to eat and even socialize.

A Great Spot to Buy Eggs to Incubate…

You can purchase eggs to hatch in our Country Store for a wide variety of birds. I’ve listed a number of sales currently offering eggs to incubate on the buy hatching eggs page.

I have been pleasantly surprised by the hatching success rate and variety available. Just don’t try to ship any of those eggs across the border (i.e., United States to Canada) and you shouldn’t have any troubles.

Your seller will assess your location and help you determine the best packing and shipping method for the eggs you buy.

Also, most of these sellers are quite well versed in egg incubation so they’ll be able to answer all your questions on timing, sexing of the breed and more.

In season (generally spring and summer) you could also buy eggs to hatch from many of the poultry suppliers – online or via a 1-800 number.

How to Do This…

View the listings for the variety of eggs to hatch below and by following the links to the specific eggs you want from this page.

In the spring these listings are numerous.

Click any image or link for the eggs that you are most interested in, to view the country store listing.

If you didn’t find what you were looking for, visit us again tomorrow – we change these egg listings every day.

Here Are A Few of Our Latest Sales on Eggs…

Hatching eggs for sale and incubators at reduced prices.

3 Comments to "Buying Eggs to Hatch in Your Incubator"

  1. Gretchen's Gravatar Gretchen
    March 19, 2010 - 3:05 pm | Permalink

    I have a variety of chickens and want to collect eggs for my daughters class until I have an egg or 2 for each student. I am wondering how long I can collect the eggs and store them in my house before they “go bad” or will no longer hatch.

    • longtobe's Gravatar longtobe
      October 10, 2010 - 12:55 am | Permalink

      It is recommended to set within a week…it is said that you can take off about 5% on your hatch rate for every 24 hours after the 7th day from egg being laid.
      I’ve hatched eggs that was about 15 days old with pretty good luck at about 85%.
      If you think about the hen usually sets on 10-16 eggs with pretty good percentage to hatch..
      I know it was March when you asked but just ran across it.

  2. gareth eardley's Gravatar gareth eardley
    March 17, 2011 - 3:54 pm | Permalink

    i have got an old octagon cradle incubater and i havnt had a very good hatching rate so far.only tryed it twice .i had 3 out of seven eggs hatch last time and only 2 out of 6 this time…it only fits 10 eggs at a time but with my eggs being quite large i can only fit so many..i didnt know weather they could be put in the cradle so that they couldnt move. or to give them space to they need to roll??i was hoping you could give me some good advice and tips to help me with my little hobby…i also have 3 little bantams but they dont seem to sit 4 me..thanks for your time..

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