For those of you who ship, what is the minimum number of day-olds you are comfortable putting a standard 25 chick box? Has anyone found a smaller approved box? Just thinking ahead for spring.
Also looking for incubator recommendations in the 40 to 50 egg range with an auto turner option. Anyone use a Hovabator 1588 with turner? Love my Brinsea but no way can I afford their 40 egg unit.
I had the 1588. It worked great but being stryo it was not the easiest to clean. Also I don't know how you feel about early hatching chick or late hatching chicks. But if you set 40 eggs for a 20 chick order, once you start pulling chicks out it decreases the remaining eggs' chances of hatching. BUT if you don't get those chicks out and in the mail as soon as possible, their chances of making it are not the best either.
Many smaller breeders in the RIR thread have instead opted to use express shipping for chicks. And the minimum number is more based on age. A single teenage rooster can make the journey in express shipping.