Fertile Egg Sales for 2020
We supply fertile hatching eggs to our customers through breeding season each year. Orders for eggs open each year mid to late August and close sometime around January. We have been providing eggs to very happy customers across all states of Australia for many years from our quality breeding flocks, and take great pride in offering a reliable and quality service.
ORDERS ARE CURRENTLY CLOSED UNTIL MID TO LATE AUGUST :
We are not currently taking pre- orders for our fertile eggs. Pre orders will open shortly,
please check back to this page for updates on when the season will be open and when we will start taking orders. Our season normally opens mid to late August, the exact date is determined by our hens!
HOW AND WHEN CAN I ORDER FERTILE EGGS? Ordering will be available on this page once our season opens. Once ordering opens, please contact us with your order by contacting us through the clickable link at the bottom of this page. We will require full payment at time of ordering. We will confirm the amount due for payment via email, and provide you with the infomation to make your payment. Once payment is received, you will be placed on a waiting list, and orders are processed in order of receipt of payment. Times of availability on eggs will be discussed at time of ordering via email. Availability will change on a daily basis depending on incoming orders,
and when payments are received.
Eggs can be collected from our business in Margate Tasmania, or we can express post across Australia - we have provided detailed information below regarding ordering fertile eggs through our business, it is important to please take the time to read this thoroughly prior to contacting us or ordering.
We offer our eggs in full or half dozens with the exception
of our "Lucky Dip" eggs that are only offered in dozens.
Payment is required at the time of ordering. We accept secure phone payments (credit card); direct deposit (can take up to 5 business days to clear) and Paypal (incurs 1.9% fee) - please contact us to check availability and to request payment information
TO ORDER FERTILE EGGS, PLEASE CLICK LINK AT BOTTOM OF PAGE
PRICING: Standard (excluding postage) -
Silver Laced Wyandotte - $80/dozen +
Marans - Blue Copper $100/dozen +
Marans - Black Copper $80/dozen +
Welsummer - Avgen Import (dark egg laying strain) $80/dozen +
Bantam (excluding postage) -
Silkie - Black, blue and Splash mixed pen $50/dozen +
Combo (excluding postage) -
Lucky Dip (please see notes below) $40/dozen +
+ POSTAGE FEE: for those wishing their eggs to be posted, the following fees will apply:
1 dozen $30
2 dozen $35
for each extra dozen the above fees will apply to third and fourth dozen
*Please note, whilst all care is taken, we can not guarantee the hatchability of any eggs due to factors out of our control. We do not refund or replace any eggs. When ordering eggs from us we trust that you have read our information below and you accept the conditions of our postage terms and sale of fertile eggs. We take extreme care in providing our customers with the very best quality in our fertile eggs, but cannot guarantee the hatchability of the eggs due to factors that are out of our control. We do not issue any refunds on any eggs (including pick ups) . Please do not request refunds, or replacements and please do not order eggs from us if you do not accept these terms.
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Notes on pens: It is important to understand genetics of breeding certain colours and breeds to understand what each pen will throw in the way of offspring colours, especially with blue genetics. Where blue an blue birds are bred together, they can throw black, blue and splash offspring. Those birds are then carrying the blue gene for future offspring. This is typical of any blue breeding, and we suggest researching genetics to understand this better.
Half dozens are available on our breeds, our lucky dip are only sold in dozens.
Black Copper Pen - Contains Black Copper Hens and Black Copper Rooster
Blue Copper Pen: Blue Copper Hens and Blue Copper Rooster (can throw black, blue or splash offspring)
A Word on Marans Egg Colour: our Marans pens have the ability to lay very dark eggs through their good gentics (we have only hatched our parent birds from dark egg laying strains). Green feed intake makes a huge difference to the quality and depth of colour of marans eggs, along with genetics of each parent bird. Both our pens can vary between a 4 - 6 on the marans colour chart. We will select the darkest eggs possible eggs for all fertile egg orders, but please understand that colour can vary from egg to egg and as all our birds carry dark egg laying gentics, your offspring hatched will follow suit when provided with correct nutrition. At various times of the year and particularly towards the end of the season egg colour can decrease. We particularly notice this heading into the depths of summer when pasture is low and green intake is decreased. please be aware of this when receiving our Marans fertile eggs. We have a large demand on these pens over the breeding season and do our very best to provide all our customers with the very darkest eggs available at the time of ordering. Our birds are not machines, they are live animals and with this comes variations that are out of our control and in the hands of mother nature. We understand the demand on all customers wishing to receive the darkest possible eggs from our Marans pens, but rest assured we will provide what we can when we can to the best of our ability.
Silkies: pen contains a mix of black, blue and splash
Lucky Dip: our lucky dip eggs are a random mix of eggs that can be a mix of standard and bantam breeds. Selection of type contained in these dozens is not available, this is a random mix of what we have available at the time of ordering. There may be two breeds, or all our breeds in the one dozen. Each dozen may be different to the next and we only offer LUCKY DIP eggs in one dozen lots
What do you get when you purchase fertile eggs from Riverbend Farm?
Our breeding pens consist of show quality birds that are fed an optimum diet and are allowed to forage naturally along with been fed greens regularly. Diet is a very important factor in providing quality offspring.
Our pens eggs are checked regularly for fertility. If our strict fertility checks are not met, we do not sell the eggs from those pens. When placing an order with us, we collect eggs FRESHLY for the date you require your eggs.
Riverbend Farm is our full time passion and our customers are very important to us, we have been providing fertile eggs to many happy customers for many, many years - we want you to come back to us and share your success with your friends and family!
Our birds are very well cared for and our pens are clean. We breed as close to the current poultry standard as possible. Our breeding is always a work in progress and we are always seeking improvement in our lines. A healthy, strong bird is the first and foremost of our selection criteria, and generally we only breed from mature to older hens who have stood the test of time and are proven breeders of quality chicks. Temperament is also a very important factor for us, and we select our parent birds to be of good personality. This is especially important to ensure quality offspring.
By choosing Riverbend Farm, you can rest assured that the welfare of our birds is paramount. We pride ourselves on a professional set up, with ample run space and the ability to also free range on pasture. They are checked a number of times a day, and provided with a constant supply of fresh clean water and quality feed. We pride ourselves on feeding quality Laucke Showbird Breeder MP, greens daily and our birds are wormed and treated for mite and lice prevention regularly and provided nutritional supplement. Our birds are also protected from the elements with plenty of shade and shelter. They are free to scratch around, dust bathe, lay in the sun and enjoy a happy life in a low stress, comfortable environment.
We have worked very hard for many years and are proud of what we have achieved with the quality and standard of our poultry and we are excited to share them with you in the way of our fertile egg sales.
Egg fertility is determined by many factors. These include, but are not limited to:
· The health and wellbeing of the parent birds the eggs are sourced from
· The diet of the birds that the eggs are sourced from - from birth to breeding
· Successful development of the reproductive organs
· The ratio of hens to roosters in the breeding pen
· Seasonal fluctuations in fertility (this is why most people source eggs in spring)
· Genetics (inbreeding can affect future generations of fertility)
· Egg collection and storage
· Age of egg upon setting / incubation
Egg fertility is pre determined to a certain degree by the genetics of the parent birds and the quality of feed given to them during the laying period. Most responsible poultry breeders test the fertility levels of the eggs from each breeding pen prior to selling eggs, and 80 - 85% is an acceptable level. Some breeds are known to have a slightly lower fertility level and others higher. Rose combed birds are also known to have a lower fertility rate. Breeds that have pigmented eggs (such as Marans, Aruacana, Legbar etc) can also be harder to hatch as the pigment is almost another layer for chicks to hatch from. Correct humidity on hatching is critical for these breeds.
It is normal practice that anyone storing fertile eggs, store them in a cool dark place in clean egg cartons (we use new egg cartons to minimise bacteria and ensure bio security risks). The eggs should be kept in a tilted position and turned twice a day. This is most important as it prevents the egg yolk from sticking to the shell. Eggs should be as fresh as possible upon incubation and with each day that passes, the fertility rate will drop.
Hatchability is a very different thing to fertility. There are many factors that can cause a embryo to not develop. Rough handling, transport handling problems, how a egg has been stored and for how long, incubator fail (temperature or humidity not correct or fluctuations), eggs being porous can also absorb what may be on the handlers hands in the way of chemical (hand creams etc) bacterial and the like, bacteria in incubators, broody hens not being consistent, eggs not being turned sufficiently, the list goes on.....
How can you tell if the eggs are fertile?
Obviously the pen from which the eggs are sourced should house a fertile rooster. Many people believe that is all that is needed to fertilise the eggs. The reality is that neither you, or the person selling the eggs does not know if each egg is fertile unless checked. There is only two proven ways to ensure that the egg is in fact fertile:
1. Incubating it - a healthy fertile egg will develop (at least partly) into a chick. Breeders have a method to check the growth of a chick in a egg which is called candling. By using a special type of torch in a dark room you are able to see the development of the chick inside the egg over the duration of incubation.
2. Cracking the egg open and looking for the 3 - 4mm embryonic spot - doing this of course will render the egg useless for hatching!
Transportation of fertile eggs for hatching:
You are transporting live genetic material and consideration needs to be given to this. The longer the transportation and jiggling and jarring of the package, the less fertile your eggs will be.
If you are collecting your eggs from a local breeder, please make sure you wrap the carton in a old towel to cushion the jiggling during the car trip home.
The amazing thing of purchasing fertile eggs from breeders across Australia, is the access to breeds and bloodlines that would normally be out of reach.
Buyers need to be aware that posted eggs generally have a lower fertility level due to the handling of the parcel in transit. Just think of the environments they need to go through to get to you: depressurised aircraft cargo bays, cold and heat exposure, often rough handling of the parcel etc
A little bit about eggs that are shipped:
We ship eggs all over Australia, and although we package the eggs with great care and consideration, we cannot ensure the safety of their arrival to you.
We send the fertile eggs in express post satchels and we take great care in wrapping your eggs carefully and then they are shipped inside polystyrene boxes for extra safety. Generally if you live in the suburbian boundaries these satchels are received overnight. We generally send eggs on a Monday to make sure they are not kept in post offices over weekends etc… just so they get to you as fresh as they possibly can. If you live in a remote area, please check with your postage outlet for an expected arrival time of your eggs, even though we only send eggs via express post, sometimes it is not always overnight. We do not take responsibilities for delays in transit times, or the handling of eggs by Australia Post.
When packing, we always pack each egg with the upmost care, inspecting each egg and we pack them as we would like them to be packed if they were being sent to us. We believe our packing methods provide the best possible chance of ensuring the eggs arrive safe and sound. Our aim is to give you the best possible result.
Due to there being so many factors when eggs are posted which are totally out of our control, we are unable to offer any guarantee or refund.
IT IS IMPORTANT YOU UNDERSTAND THE RISKS INVOLVED. Although we do not wish to discourage you from purchasing fertile eggs, we do want you to be aware of the potential risks. and it is important that you understand the variables that are beyond our control.
You may receive a box of scrambled eggs (although we have never had this happen) or you may hatch each and every one (this has actually happened on a number of ocassions) realistically it will be somewhere in between. Postage can damage eggs, which causes them to not develop at all, sometimes without you even being able to see it from the outside. Often there is confusion when a egg shows no development and the egg is thought to be infertile - that is why we check our eggs from every pen regularly, to ensure optimum fertility.
The bloom is also important to remain on the eggs, so we do not wash them. You may find a little dirt on them here and there, but rest assured, the precious bloom is there.
We do not mark our eggs are FRAGILE. We have heard of many horror stories of packages arriving with imprinted boot marks, or being deliberately damaged in transit when marked fragile.
Once you have received your order:
When receiving your eggs, carefully unwrap them. Take your time, as there are a few layers and different wraps to get through. Let them sit in the carton to settle at room temperature for about 24 hours. If any of the cells have detached, this can help them settle and reattach.
Be certain your incubator is running as per the manufacturers recommendations prior to putting your eggs in. Its also good to lift the lid a couple of times to see that your incubator returns to the correct temperature. All incubators can vary in results and in generally the less expensive ones give poorer results than the better quality ones on the market. We stock Brinsea quality incubators and you will find more information on incubators on our Helpful Information page