Our Heritage RI Reds are a beautiful deep dark mahogany red. They are a show strain that has been raised and shown for over 50 years by the Ryan Family in Arkansas and have won numerous Blue Ribbons and Best of Show at our county and state fair. They lay nice size brown eggs and make great fryers or baking hens too! Very sweet gentle birds, we've never had a mean rooster in all the years of raising them. They range well and are very hardy in the winter too. They are defiantly a year round winner in my flock! Most that we have laying now are pullets that just started laying in October, so eggs are a little smaller than normal, but will get bigger as they get into full lay. We have 3 roosters with 25 hens and have had great fertility and hatch rate to date. All birds on our farm are blood tested Pullorum/Typhoid clean. We see that our birds are kept happy and healthy by giving them the best feed and TLC daily! Our Heritage RI Reds get to free range while our purebred bantams are kept in individual breeding pens away from predators. We feed a high quality, high protein all natural game bird breeder pellet with vitamins and minerals in the water daily to insure high fertility. We also feed a little scratch grains, Calf Manna and veggie treats from the garden daily. We LOVE spoiling our birds and it shows! Chicken raisin' is all we do so I assure you we gather often to keep the eggs from getting to hot or to cold to stay fresh and fertile for you. Our hatching eggs we send out are no more than three days old. They are turned three times a day and stored in a temperature controlled room to assure you the best possible hatch. Eggs are usually fairly clean, but may contain occasional soiling. I do not wash eggs but will brush of excess soiling if present. Washing can contaminate the eggs and may decrease hatch rate. Eggs are wrapped individually in paper towels and bubble wrap then wrapped in an egg carton that is then nestled and secured in crumpled newspaper and box is clearly marked FRAGILE-DO NOT FREEZE. I have found if I don't put Hatching Eggs on the box they get treated better also, but will gladly mark them that way if you so want. I've had very good success shipping this way. We have had an excellent hatch rate on our farm ourselves this year as well as with our shipped eggs. However, we cannot guarantee your hatch rate due to circumstances out of our control. Rough postal handling and incubator mishaps will make perfectly fertile eggs not develop or hatch. Purchasing shipped hatching eggs is a risk. Please be understanding and know this when purchasing hatching eggs. When your eggs arrive carefully unwrap them and store them pointy end down at room temperature for 12-24 hours to help the air cell settle from shipping. We ship eggs on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Saturdays. We prefer not to ship eggs out on Thursday or Fridays in order to help prevent the possibility of your eggs sitting an additional night somewhere in the mail system. Eggs are shipped as soon as payment is made unless you contact me with a shipping date you prefer. If you don't want the eggs at the time bidding is over, no problem!!! WE WILL SHIP YOUR EGGS ON THE DAY YOU CHOOSE!!! Just let us know the date you want shipped when you send payment. We are always happy to work with you on a shipping date. Pictures of all our birds can be seen on our website below. Thank you for looking!