Lone Star Farmstead is proud to now offer hatching eggs for purchase locally. We currently do not offer shipping. Our eggs come only from our small flock which was purchased from Chicken Scratch Poultry and come from the Hink-JC Poultry line of American Lavender Orpington chickens. Our chickens are free-range, anti-biotic free, and are healthy and happy. They roam a large, guarded area with no restraints on where they go. We practice good bio-security measures and provide our chickens with a diverse diet to help ensure their health. Our Lavender Orpington eggs are from our full blood Lavender Orpington rooster and full blood Lavender Orpington hens.
Our flock of Lavender Orpington chickens consists of just 5 hens and our proud rooster meaning that the number of hatching eggs available are limited. For large orders, we will need to process them in multiple stages and shipments. We generally have eggs available year round but the number of eggs we can gather varies with the season. Lavender Orpington eggs are a light brown in color and medium to large in size.
Orpington chickens are consider a dual purpose breed. They are large chickens that can be kept for meat but with approximately 170-300 eggs a year they are great layers as well. Orpington chickens do not stop laying through the winter, although depending on climate and amount of daylight available, production can drop during winter months.
Our Easter Egger/Lavender Orpington crosses come from the same Lavender rooster as our Lavender Orpington hatching eggs and from any one of our various Easter Egger hens. Easter Egger chickens are typically a cross between an Araucanas and Ameraucanas and some other breed. According to the Chicken Chick, “Easter Eggers lay a wide range of egg colors, including: any hue of blue and green and even pink on occasion. Other common EE traits include pea combs and wattles that are either small or absent. They often have greenish legs and beards and muffs, but not necessarily. They can have any skin color. Their leg color can range from green to slate and even yellow. They can be found in an infinite array of feather colors, which makes them a beautiful and unique.”
With our EE hens already being a cross, adding in the Lavender Orpington makes them a 3 way cross. This creates a wide genetic diversity with endless possibilities in size, feather color, skin color, comb size, wattle size, egg color, and egg size. Due to the fact that these crosses are not a specific breed and are there for not consider rare, specialized, or heritage we sell them for a lower price giving those with a tight budget and less specific breed requests the opportunity to start a unique flock of chickens. Think of it like a birthday or Christmas present. You won’t know exactly what you’ll get until you “open” them. For those looking to add color diversity to their egg basket, Easter Eggers are a great addition to the flock and are sure to delight you with their unique colors.
For incubating your eggs, we suggest any of the Brinsea products as they are top notch products and we have had great success with them. We prefer the Brinsea Mini Advance Hatching Egg Incubator (affiliate link) for small hatchings as it takes all the guess work out of the process. We have had very high hatch success rates with our Brinsea Mini Advance and have been greatly pleased with the quality. If the price tag is a bit to hefty there are economy models for much lower price tags. For hatchings between 7-24 eggs we use the Brinsea Products Manual Egg Incubator (affiliate link) although an auto turn cradle is also available for purchase. For larger hatchings there are additional models available but we don’t have any personal experience with them.
When it comes to setting up a brooder area we are big fans of the Brinsea EcoGlow Brooder. Due to a lack of infrared bulbs like typical brooding lamps, the Eco Glow Brooder is safe to use. As a paramedic, I can assure you that I have responded, along with the fire departments, to many fires started by heating lamps. Even when used with extreme vigilance, accidents can happen. With the EcoGlow brooder, you don’t have to worry about a fire destroying your home, barn, and/or animals. While the price tag may seem a bit hefty, the safety of you, your family, and your animals is well worth it. To see our brooder set-up you can check out our post from last years hatching.
To purchase your hatching eggs please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your order and we will get back to you regarding availability and payment options.