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I have a question for you all.  There is a seller local to me that sells goose eggs.  I told her I wanted to get some from her, but it would have to be next week.  She told me that she had 4 ready to go, but I responded that I was busy this weekend.  I told her to go ahead and sell those and I'd be interested whenever she got more ready. She responded back to me today that she went ahead and set them, but I can pick them up later this week.  Is it just me, or is that an epically bad idea? I'm maybe 20-30 minutes away from her.  Even if I was able to keep the temperature correct (somehow), I don't think the developing embryos would survive the jostling of the journey. I'd be happy to let her set them and buy the goslings instead, but it sounds like she still wants to sell them to me as hatching eggs.  Do you think there's any way to get them here safely?  I really don't want to upset the lady because I would like eggs from her, but I don't want to spend a bunch of money on eggs that will die in transport. :/

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I don't think that early in the incubation cycle the time out of the Bator would hurt them. Hens get off the nest longer than your drive times to eat, drink, and have a constitution.

Set them in egg cartons or a box to keep them stable and they should be fine. For the ride home.
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I have a question for you all.  There is a seller local to me that sells goose eggs.  I told her I wanted to get some from her, but it would have to be next week.  She told me that she had 4 ready to go, but I responded that I was busy this weekend.  I told her to go ahead and sell those and I'd be interested whenever she got more ready. She responded back to me today that she went ahead and set them, but I can pick them up later this week.  Is it just me, or is that an epically bad idea? I'm maybe 20-30 minutes away from her.  Even if I was able to keep the temperature correct (somehow), I don't think the developing embryos would survive the jostling of the journey. I'd be happy to let her set them and buy the goslings instead, but it sounds like she still wants to sell them to me as hatching eggs.  Do you think there's any way to get them here safely?  I really don't want to upset the lady because I would like eggs from her, but I don't want to spend a bunch of money on eggs that will die in transport. :/

I wouldn't do it. You aren't talking a matter of a day or two right? Once that embryo has started forming, I'd be reluctant to chance it, escpecially more than 5-10 minute ride. I'd want fresh unincubated eggs and that's that.

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It can be done. I had to move set goose eggs, I think they were two weeks along? Forty minute journey. I packed them in a cooler, well padded, with mason jars of hot water. All survived to hatch day!

It's not like you'd be sending them through the mail where the box would get all banged up for a couple days, just a short, gentle car ride, lovingly packed, and avoiding potholes!
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