Frequently Asked ​Questions

If you don’t find the answer to your question here, just reach out to us!

Our Farm

Do you ship?

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No, we do not ship. We are in the process of getting our NPIP certification which will allow us to ship. Hopefully by spring of 2024 we will be able to start shipping

How are your flocks kept?

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Our breeding groups are kept in separate pastures. We don’t use enclosed runs or breeding cages.

How are you different from a large scale hatchery?

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We are committed to beyond humane practices on our farm and that means our flock is raised on pasture with 100% organic feed. We never use breeding cages and our birds are loved from the day they hatch. You can read more about our story and our practices here.

Can I visit your farm?

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While we would LOVE to have you come check out our farm, we aren’t able to have visitors except by appointment for order pickup. We are in the process of becoming NPIP certified, which allows us to ship across state lines, but it also means we must follow strict biosecurity protocols, which includes limiting visitors.

Ordering

Do you ship?

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We don’t, but we plan to start in the summer of 2024. If you would like to be notified when we do, let us know here!

What happens after I place my order?

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You will receive an automated order confirmation email and we will reach out about a week before your pickup to arrange day and time.

What if you can’t fulfill my order?

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Filling your order is our top priority. We take great care to underestimate the productivity of our birds and always set plenty of extra eggs with each hatch, so that we can dependably fill orders. However, there are a number of factors outside of our control, such as predator attacks, broody hens, and extended power outages. Should anything out of the ordinary happen, we will get in touch and make arrangements to either reschedule your order or offer a refund. Either way, we promise to communicate and take good care of you.

Can you fill orders of a different quantity than you have listed?

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Sometimes! Go ahead and reach out to us here and we will see what we can do

How many chicks or hatching eggs should I order?

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It’s always best to start with how many hens you would like to have and then work from there. For our chicks, 50% of them will be male (these numbers can be skewed in small samples), so you would want to order twice the number of hens that you would like. If you want 6 hens, you would order 12 chicks and half should be hens.

For hatching eggs, the math is the same, but you need to account for hatch rate.

For unshipped eggs, the hatch rate is about 75%. So you would order 18 hatching eggs, 13-14 will hatch and half should be hens!

Chicks

Do you have a minimum?

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We have a minimum chick order of 2. Chicks are social animals and a single chick is a sad chick. If you have chicks of the same age, you can reach out to us at hello@safelandingfarm.com and we can make an exception!

How long do you guarantee the health of your chicks?

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For chicks that are picked up, we guarantee chicks for 4 days. Beyond that we cannot offer refunds or replacements.

Do you vaccinate your chicks?

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Yes, we vaccinate every chick for Mareks

If I get a rooster, will you take him back?

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No, for biosecurity purposes, we cannot take back any birds once they have left our farm. All of our chicks are straight run--aka unsexed. You cannot tell if they are male or female at hatch. Roughly half will be male and half female.

Large hatcheries employ professional "chicken sexers" who are able to sex chicks by squeezing them and glancing at their internal organs. We do not do this, nor do we kill male chicks at hatch, which is also a common practice at large hatcheries. We love our roosters and raise all of ours to maturity, at which point they are either selected for breeding or protection, or are processed for food.

If you cannot or do not want to keep roosters, it will be important to have a plan in place in case you end up with some boys. Some ideas are re-homing, 4-H clubs, finding a butcher to process roos for you, or process them yourself.

Do you offer older birds?

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Sometimes we have grown out birds available. If you would like to be notified, you can get on our email list here, or follow us on our social media channels.

Hatching Eggs

Do you guarantee a certain hatch rate?

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We cannot guarantee hatch rate as there are many factors that go into the hatching process. However, we do check for fertility weekly to ensure that you are getting fertilized eggs.