How Does One Package Hatchlings For Delivery Service

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by jabowery, Oct 11, 2017.

  1. jabowery

    jabowery Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I want to send some hatchlings to some friends. What is the best way to package them and what service is best?
     
  2. sylviethecochin

    sylviethecochin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hatchlings? Do you have chickens, quail, ducks, other? How far away do they live? Is your area moderately warm, or are you going to need to install heat packs?

    Honestly, if I'm moving fowl, I try to do it personally, but that probably won't work if you're a long distance away.
     
  3. jabowery

    jabowery Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm confused. I thought the word "hatchling" meant a chick that had already hatched.

    I'm trying to send some recently-hatched chicks.

    Are you saying that you send eggs that are in, say, day 17 of incubation and you call those "hatchling eggs"?
     
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  4. jabowery

    jabowery Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We received our initial stock of chicks via mail order. But that was so many years ago that I don't recall how they were packaged nor which carrier service delivered them.
     
  5. sylviethecochin

    sylviethecochin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think she misunderstood the question--no, eggs are not hatchlings. Chicks are hatchlings. And if you want to send chicks through the mail, you can do it at your local post office. IF YOU'RE NPIP.(tested for disease-free)



    If you're not NPIP, you might try contacting your local feed store to ask questions or look up specialty shippers. Honestly, it would probably cost upwards of fifty dollars and you might as well take them yourself.
     
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  6. jabowery

    jabowery Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How do you go about becoming NPIP?

    Round trip from Iowa to Texas is going to be "upwards of fifty dollars", and that's not counting the time off from work I'd have to take.
     
  7. sylviethecochin

    sylviethecochin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Iowa to Texas. Ouch.
    NPIP is a certification; I've never done it, but I've read that you pay about twenty-five dollars, the state vet (or equivalent) comes out and does a blood test on your birds (at least ten, I think?) and the license lasts for five years. I believe you have to have this certification to ship out of state, esp. to or from Texas and Florida(?)
    Your county extension office is probably the place to start contacting people; the ones in my county (in PA) are usually pretty informed and helpful, if you get ahold of the right people.
     
  8. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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    You might want to look into interstate shipping. There may be laws concerning health certifications, etc.
     
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  9. sylviethecochin

    sylviethecochin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There are.
     

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