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I officially hate the post office! Do they stand a chance?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by mrslb333, Oct 13, 2010.

  1. mrslb333

    mrslb333 Songster

    Jun 15, 2010
    Halifax, Nova Scotia
    I've had my eye on Chocolate Orpington eggs for a while but they go for silly price upwards of £100 for 6 so very expensive. I waited till now thinking they would come down in price. I managed to get some on Ebay for £40 and paid extra for special delivery. A week passed and nothing so I E-mailed the seller to check they had been sent he E-mailed me back on Saturday 3 days later and said that they had been posted 8 days ago and gave me a tracking number. When I checked the number it said they had tried to deliver but we were out so had left a card. The week before I did receive a card but when I collected it, it was for something else. Off I went to the post office, they couldn't find the parcel but said they would search and call me if they found them. Today Wednesday 12 days after they posted I got a call, turns out the postman had forgotten to take the sticker off the parcel and put on the card so they had got lost in the system [​IMG] To add insult to injury she dropped the parcel as she was bringing it to the counter [​IMG]
    The eggs are intact the post office was cool so I don't think they have been exposed to any heat, but they have been 12 days in the postal service. Do they stand any chance at all? [​IMG]

  2. ChickieBooBoo

    ChickieBooBoo Cold Canadian Chick

    Dec 2, 2009
    Your hatch rate probably would have gone down a bit from the length of time, and maybe a but more from her dropping them...
  3. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    I would put them right in the incubator!!!! (But I'm a newbie at incubating!)
  4. Cindiloohoo

    Cindiloohoo Quiet as a Church Mouse

    Dec 19, 2009
    Southwest TN
    It's worth a try. You'll regret it if you don't at least TRY IT. So, I would. Sorry for all the trouble [​IMG]
  5. muddstopper

    muddstopper Songster

    Aug 23, 2008
    Murphy NC
    I think we all hate the Postal service. Some of the first eggs I ever shipped, I went to the PO, had the girl stamp Fragil all over the package, explained what was in the box and then she turns and tosses it into the big mail pouch. What part of Fragil and eggs did she not understand. The eggs arrived with 5 out of 15 eggs broken. 7 of the remainning eggs hatched so it wasnt a complete loss.
  6. racuda

    racuda Songster

    Oct 1, 2008
    North Carolina
    I optimistically predict a 50% hatch rate. [​IMG] Good luck!
  7. smoothmule

    smoothmule Crowing

    Apr 12, 2008
    Buffalo, Missouri
    I've had decent luck except when they have to go through the Kansas City, Ks site. I've had them sit there for days before they leave that place. The last eggs I got came from the total opposite direction from me and "Still" went through that place and sat there an extra day. ACKKKKK!
    When packed right, they should not break but that doesn't stop the eggs from "shaken egg syndrome" and I think that's as bad as being broken, same outcome.

    I've been told you should Never put fragile on a box or what's inside or handle with care or Anything that might inflame a postal worker. I would expect they figure they handle them all with the same care and it's irks them when someone puts that on the box.

  8. SkyWarrior

    SkyWarrior Songster

    Apr 2, 2010
    Wilds of Montana
    I'd put them in the incubator. Who knows?[​IMG]
  9. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    Put them in and pray.. but perhaps you should have paid for insurance on an order that expensive.
  10. D'Angelo N Va.

    D'Angelo N Va. Songster

    Dec 28, 2009
    This year I shipped my first eggs out..and I put Fragile on them and when the person contacted my 3 days later the eggs were delivered to her house, and the postal carrier had handed her the box upside down..I guess it's my fault not to have put this end up on them...and I have never had any problems with my post office, so maybe I am just lucky....in your case I would put them in the bator just in case and hope for the best..I would also talk to the manager of the P.O...and higher if you have to. someone needs to know what an idiot they have working for them.

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