A few question on shipping chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by danamillette, Jan 7, 2009.

  1. danamillette

    danamillette Chillin' With My Peeps

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    First off, how many at the least should be shipped to help them keep warm this time of year? Also, I hear there is a heating mat that can be used to help them keep warm. Any info on this mat?

    Thanks!

    Dana
     
  2. BayCityBabe

    BayCityBabe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This time of year? Wisconsin?
    Michigan, here.
    IMHO - no chicks should be shipped in "our" neck of the woods in Winter.
     
  3. danamillette

    danamillette Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What about eggs?
     
  4. congdon476

    congdon476 GaLLiNa LOcA

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    Some companies claim to have found a "heating element" that they can ship with the chicks so you can order 8 or fewer. Some recommend as few as 3 if you live nearby the hatchery, 6 if you live just outside a major city, and 8 if you are considered "rural".

    Most companies will put in "packing peanuts", male chicks that are just packed in for free to help with warmth. I haven't had mine come yet, so I have no idea how I will tell the difference between the chicks I ordered vs. the warming chicks when they get here. Some people say just order and then sell off or give away the packing peanuts when they get old enough to "sex".

    A lot of companies will require 25 chick minimum for regular sized chicks and around 30-35 for bantam chicks. Ideal will sell lower numbers. It seems a lot of people around here order from them. The other option is to get some form a "local" breeder. We don't have any that I know of yet so I ordered from Ideal. 3 GLW, 3 SLW, and 1 Buff Orp. I will let you know next week how it turns out... if you can wait that long! [​IMG]
     

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