Appletons Heritage Hatching Eggs

Appletons Heritage Hatching Eggs


Hatching Eggs From Our Heritage Breeds

Over the years we have invested much time and energy in keeping our heritage breeds going so we can supply both hatching eggs, day-old chicks and pullets to our customers. It is very time intensive as requires input all year round - on a daily basis! Looking back, we have been doing this for 15 + years – since our boys were little!
Unfortunately, this has become a costly exercise both time-wise and financially and we are now a family of teenage boys with very busy lives and are finding we can no longer do it all! We have made the decision to scale back and run smaller breeding groups or trios - so reducing hatching egg numbers and availability.

Customer Reviews

Based on 15 reviews

Eggs received in good time and very well packed.. Thank you


I am so impressed with Appletons. They are so helpful on the phone. The shipping is super fast. The fertile eggs I have bought are huge and 100% fertile. Thanks guys. Keep up the tip top service.

Fertile Eggs

Very good company to deal with In every way. Eggs arrived on time and were well packaged. Very good pricing.

Fertile eggs. I have babies!

18 fertile eggs ordered 26 days ago, they arrived a couple of days later perfectly packaged & safe ready to put under my 2 Broodies. 24hrs later they were set & my girls did their job. On Thursday evening to my delight, at day 20, I went to check the girls and heard the peeps, then caught sight of 2 fluffy ginger bums. By the next day there were 14 bundles of joy. Thank you so much guys. My girls are enjoying co-parenting the 6 Rhode reds, 5 Araucanas & 3 barred Plymouth Rock that hatched. Beautiful healthy chicks, I’m over the moon. Every purchase from Appleton’s is promptly sent, great quality and meets my expectations, thank you.

thank you

I recently brought fertile chicken eggs from you and just wanted to say you provided fantastic service, quick delivery and eggs were packed and labelled very well. Will definitely buy from you again. Big thanks

Hatching Eggs for Spring 2020 - Summer 2021

We will not have any hatching eggs available for sale for this season.

We will not have heritage pullets available for sale for the 2020-21 season and as a result will not be offering our hatching eggs for sale either. We will be taking break from hatching and raising pullets for this season. As we will not be setting eggs weekly in our incubators we are not able to regularly monitor fertility in our pens. The rare breeds website has a chook directory. This can be helpful if looking for hatching eggs as they do list members that keep many of the heritage breeds of fowl.

Rare Breeds Directory

We will list availability. Please note this will not be until the 2021-22 season.

We send eggs on Mondays and Tuesdays of each week. Price is per egg. We have a minimum order of 6 eggs. If you choose to cancel your hatching egg order we do not offer a refund. Please bring your own egg trays or cartons when collecting eggs directly or we have egg cartons for sale. We currently keep the heritage breeds shown below.

Light Sussex

Excellent regular layers of tinted eggs. Starts laying early in the season  - mid June.

Rhode Island Red

Excellent regular layers of medium sized brown eggs.

Barred Plymouth Rock

Very good layers of large tinted eggs.

White Leghorn

Excellent layers of good sized white eggs.

Buff Sussex

Good Layers of large brown eggs. They too like the Light sussex start early in the season.


Rare breed Good layers of white shelled elongated eggs. We find they are slow to start in the season but once they get going then alls well!

Croad langshan

Average layers of pale brown eggs. Rare breed.

Lavender Aruacana

Awesome layers of pale bluey-green eggs. These eggs are delicious! They have a large yolk for their size!

Silver Spangled Hamburgh

Great layers of small white eggs. A decent sized egg from from what is essentially a small hen.

Golden Campine

Great layers of small white eggs. A decent sized egg from from what is essentially a small hen.

Rest your Eggs for 24 hours prior to setting

If you have received eggs in the post we recommend resting them prior to placing them under the hen.

How Many Eggs Should I put Under my Hen?

Under a small hen or pekin bantam we recommend 6-7 standard-sized eggs.
10-12 under a standard-sized hen.