Getting the flock out of here - a diary of a crazy chicken man

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by ozexpat, Dec 25, 2012.

  1. perchie.girl

    perchie.girl Desert Dweller Premium Member

  2. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    I have had an interesting few days.

    I have done two egg runs.

    The first, on Sunday, to San Diego a 225 mile circle. I picked up eggs in Lake Elsinore, Valley Center and Delmar.

    Then I spent Monday night unpacking shipped eggs. The quality of packing is improving.

    Any broken eggs were really not USPS fault. I had 2 shipments of turkey eggs destroyed. They are heavy and require stabilization in the box. They end up banging into each other. If the box travels on its side, the weight of the eggs piled on each other smashes the eggs now on the bottom.

    I got some of the last pheasant eggs of 2013 and some quail eggs too.

    Yesterday I did a 270 mile trip into the high desert north of Los Angeles. I had made arrangements to pick up eggs from a vendor up there - White Rocks and Cuckoo Marans. This place was in the middle of no where. When I arrived the gate was locked and a voice mail. I hung out for an hour and gave up. I went onto my next two stops and collected 40 eggs. It was a nasty drive back to Orange County. Half way back I got a call from the missing vendor. Too little too late. I feel like sending them an invoice for breach of verbal contract and the 50 bucks in gas I spent.

    My flight is in 12 hours.

    I cant wait to hug the wife and kids.
  3. joannefiddler

    joannefiddler Chillin' With My Peeps

    You must be exhausted! Please be careful of your heart...don't need you becoming your own patient! Safe travels.
  4. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    My heart is certified A-OK.

    Its my brain that has its moments.

    Thanks. I have an upgrade to business class so I will be sleeping well in a nice reclining chair. The plane is flying direct so I will have a about 9 hours of the 14 hours uninterrupted to sleep straight.

    Racking up all those miles has its rewards.
  5. Phage

    Phage Mad Scientist

    Aug 1, 2009
    San Diego, CA
    Hey Oz, I fertility checked the 3 eggs from Wednesday and all look good! Yours were collected Thursday-Sunday. GOOD LUCK!!!
  6. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    Thanks Phage.

    I really appreciate the eggs. I will treat them with kid gloves and prey they hatch.
  7. Roxannemc

    Roxannemc Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 30, 2012
    SE Missouri
    You can use dirt even if you want to take the chance Thing is you may swim in it but would you drink it?Chickens arent just walking on it they are ingesting it.If you have many of a breed or ones you donrt care a lot about i woukd do it too but anyone who has invest substanial money or care into their chicken might want to go the whole 9 yards and buy sterile.Maybe im wrong but todays world factories dumping waste chemical spills im not sure any stream river or creek is clean enough to drink from but them wild animals do so who knows
  8. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    Most of the world's chickens dont live on anything sterile. I know many rivers that dont have factories spewing waste into them. The world is too big a place for narrow generalizations.
    Last edited: Aug 28, 2013
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  9. perchie.girl

    perchie.girl Desert Dweller Premium Member

  10. scottcaddy

    scottcaddy Overrun With Chickens

    I DO SO Hope that you have a way better trip then the start is looking like!!


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