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Eggs/Shipping distance

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Cason, Sep 22, 2008.

  1. Cason

    Cason Chillin' With My Peeps

    Are eggs shipped (what distance + - ) less viable than those within your state? I know pick up is probably the very best method of transportation, but how far is "too far"? I'm sick of failed or weak hatches, and am thinking it may be best to ONLY purchase eggs within a certain mileage.
     
  2. klf73

    klf73 Mad Scientist

    Jun 1, 2008
    Maine
    I have found the distance doesn't matter as much as how long it takes. I had eggs shipped from CA to ME do better than PA to ME and I have had a 100% hatch from the midwest. I got eggs shipped from in state and got about 40%. I think the biggest factors are weather and how they were treated while in transit.
    Krista
     
  3. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I think it all depends on how they are handled and the x-ray equipment that they go through. It seems that I have had much better luck with the eggs that don't have to board a plane to get here because they forego the x-ray's. That might just be my opinion, but I think the x-rays really screw things up on top of how the eggs have been handled by the P.O.
     
    Last edited: Sep 22, 2008
  4. KKluckers

    KKluckers Time Out

    Sep 4, 2007
    It really doesnt matter what the distance is. It is what they go threw when they are in shipping. I have eggs sent from Ca to Wa. and not a one hatched. My best hatches have been from back east. Couldn't tell you why. Maybe they just handle the packages better or just less time traveling on the ground.
     
  5. SGM

    SGM Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've had eggs shipped from CA all the way here to SC. You can't get much further than that in the US. [​IMG] And yes I did hatch chicks. I even had a power outage during incubation!
     

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