Originally Posted by VI KING RANCH
But it's a big hassle and a huge expense! I looked at getting 6 KO shamo eggs from a breeder in the states and shipping and border fees would have been ove $300! Way easier to drive eggs across. I have a friend who does it once or twice a year to keep his stock "fresh"
EGADS. That's crazy! $300+?
Price on the foam inserts shipped to me - according to their shopping cart, to order two sets of foam would be $17.12 total.
Goes down if you order more sets, because you save so much on shipping.
Got my calculator here . . . that's 8.56 if you buy two, 7.66 for three, 7.21 if you buy four, 6.93 if you get five sets, and down from there depending on how many sets I order.
They recommended the Chicken/Duck size, by the way. That would be 36 eggs per box.
They said these will go in the Large Priority box size. The Large "flat rate" box costs $15.45 to ship anywhere in the US. Add $7.50 (give or take) for the foam, and that's $22.95 per box for 36 eggs, just for shipping and materials. So roughly $23-$26 per box of 36 eggs, shipped in foam? Depending on how many foam sets I order at once.
(Not including ANY cost for the eggs themselves. Donations for feed are greatly appreciated! The girls are going through about a bag of feed per week.)
I don't know how many "free" eggs I can spare, in general? Before, I was shipping out free eggs to try and get folks started on this, but the results were so dismal (in terms of hatching, on the other end) that it wasted eggs, my time, and my gas . . . we never even got ONE single new breeder started that way. So I kind of gave up . . . .
Instead, I started to hatch out chicks and sell them on Craigslist. At least chick sales covered my feed costs last spring. They sell like crazy, locally. (Though that didn't set up any new breeders, which is really the goal here.)
If I have extra eggs here, like I do now, I'm willing to give it another shot for a few people. Maybe if we try these foam things? My packing skills leave a lot to be desired, LOL!
Feel free to PM me (anyone in general) if interested in the extra eggs. I'll see if we can get anywhere with these shipped ones . . . give it another shot. Wasn't that feasible before, though. Which is why I'm trying the shipped CHICKS now. Got a new batch of babies going to Runswithscissors this coming Tuesday!!!
Edited by alohachickens - 2/25/12 at 5:46pm