The Merry Hen

Find a Farm

Our Story

The Merry Hen is a small homestead in Southern Maryland operated by the Merranko Family.  We raise only Cream and White Legbar chickens, and sell chicks, and hatching eggs.  We are located in Calvert County, Maryland, which is located between the Chesapeake Bay and the Patuxent River. While we allow local pick-up, we do not allow visits to the coop area for any reason due to bio-security measures.

We are a NPIP Certified operation, tested and clean for AI and TP.  Our NPIP # is 51-558. You can verify if a farm is part of the National Poultry Improvement Program and clean for Pullorum and Avian Influenza by going to:

We are members of The American Poultry Association (APA) and the Cream Legbar Club. Sarah Merranko is currently serving as the Eastern Regional Director for the Cream Legbar Club.

Cream Legbar Pullets each: $25

Cream Legbar Cockerels each: $20
White Legbar Pullets each: $30
White Legbar Cockerels each:$25

Prices above do not reflect shipping costs.  Shipping is a flat fee for all U.S. customers in the lower 48 states only (Hawaii and Alaska not included) of $35.  Shipping rates include costs of USPS Express (1-2 days depending on destination) for up to 25 chicks.  All shipping orders will need to pay an additional service charge for 72 hours UniHeat pack(s) (1-2 depending on order date, and the number of chicks in the box).  Heat packs are a flat fee of $2.50 per pack.
To place a pre-order for the 2018 hatching season, please fill out this form.

Please note, this is for day-old chicks only.  Please read below if you are looking to order hatching eggs.

2018 Hatching Eggs Pre-Orders:

This information is for hatching eggs only
After you fill out this order request, we will contact you to go over details and availability before the order is completed. All orders will be invoiced and must be paid the Sunday before shipping. All payments must be paid by PayPal, regardless of shipping or pick-up at The Merry Hen.  Hatching eggs are currently only available for shipping or pick-up on the days listed.  We may be contacted at directly at for questions, or on The Merry Hen FB page through messenger.

  • Cream Legbar Hatching Eggs-$35 per 12+ (2-3 extras will be sent).
  • White Legbar Hatching Eggs-$50 per 12+ (2-3 extras will be sent).
  • Split Dozen (1/2 White, and 1/2 Cream)-$57 per 12+ (2-3 extras will be sent).

Prices above do not reflect shipping costs.  Shipping is a flat fee for all U.S. customers of $15 per dozen.  Shipping rates include costs of USPS Priority (2-3 days depending on destination).

To order hatching eggs, please go to:

Please note, this is for hatching eggs only.  Place all chick orders above.


Live Chick Guarantee

All chicks are mailed on Monday’s via USPS Express Mail services.
When you place an shipped order for six or more chicks, The Merry Hen guarantees a live chick delivery.  If you have any birds in that order that pass within 48 hours after you receive them, we will refund you for their loss.  We do not send replacement birds.  To receive your refund, please notify us by email of the loss within 48 hours after you receive your chicks with corresponding pictures of the chick(s) that have passed. This guarantee does not apply if you do not pick-up chicks within 4 hours of arrival.  USPS delays are out of my control, and are not covered by my guarantee, but may be covered under USPS.  Please see the following USPS policy for more information: Hatching Egg Guarantee
Shipping can greatly influence the hatchability of any egg.  For that reason, if you are in a drivable distance of Prince Frederick, Maryland, my recommendation would always be to pick-up directly.  Due to shipping and incubator conditions that I can not control for, I do not offer any guarantees on hatching eggs.  However, if you receive hatching eggs that have less than a 30% fertility as measured by candling at 10 days, I will offer a one-time, good-faith credit of 30% on your next order of hatching eggs.  The credit will be good for 30 days after your failed hatch date and can only be used once for your next batch of hatching eggs.  The credit cannot be transferred towards the purchase of live chicks.
All hatching eggs are sent via Express Mail.  They are mailed on Monday’s only.  All eggs are individually wrapped and double boxed with additional protection.  If eggs arrive broken, please contact us immediately with pictures of the broken eggs.  I will work with you to process your claim with USPS which offers $100 of insurance with your Express Mail package.Started chicks, juvenile birds, and laying hens

We offer these from time-to-time exclusively on our Facebook page. They are available only for local pick-up.  We do not ship birds older than 1 day.  All started chicks and juvenile birds should be kept in quarantine for 30 days and observed before adding them to your existing flock.

Customer Loyalty Program

As a token of our gratitude, if you place a repeat order within 30 days of receiving your order, or if you refer someone else who makes a purchase, you will receive a 20% discount on your next order with us. This offer is good for up to 30 days after the initial purchase. Please mention this discount code when placing your order.