Ordering chicks, how far can they ship?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by tomato lady, Jun 12, 2009.

  1. tomato lady

    tomato lady Songster

    May 18, 2009
    Eatonville, WA
    I would like to order some Polish pullets but I am a long way from the hatcheries that sex them. How far can they be shipped safely?
  2. paddock36

    paddock36 Crowing

    Dec 24, 2008
    Ocala, Florida
    I ordered chicks from Ideal in Texas and they made it to Florida with no problem. Only lost one in shipping. Lost some JB later but all the RIR and Turkeys are still fine.
  3. Auntbeast

    Auntbeast In the Brooder

    Mar 25, 2009
    Rabun County, GA
    I ordered from Ideal also, all 14 arrived bright eyed and bushy tailed in Georgia. I'm pretty darn rural, everything has to go through a town 2 hours away before it gets here. I would recommend you know when they are going to arrive and get to the post office first thing. Depending on how far away the post office is, you might want to bring a waterer and some feed. Mine shipped Wednesday and arrived this morning. You can always call the hatchery and request a specific hatch date, that way you can be sure if there is a delay, it won't be more than a day. You wouldn't want them to get stuck in the post office on a Sunday.
    Last edited: Jun 12, 2009
  4. lux_interior

    lux_interior Songster

    Apr 28, 2009
    I'm pretty sure as long as they are shipping from somewhere in the US to somewhere in the US, they'll be fine [​IMG]
    Last edited: Jun 12, 2009
  5. Chickfever

    Chickfever Songster

    Jul 22, 2007
    Southwest VA
    I have ordered from Ideal twice, TX to VA and all arrived in great condition.
  6. RendonRoo

    RendonRoo Songster

    Feb 7, 2009
    ft. worth
    The chicks will live 3 days after hatching without food or water. They can be shipped in 2 days or less in most situations. With warmer weather i think they will have a better chance of survival. Mine came in Feb. with cold weather but i got mine the next morning after shipping.
  7. BuffBeck

    BuffBeck Chirping

    Hi, there. I just wanted to ask all of you what you think of shipping chicks from Georgia to Washington (from one corner of US to the other). If it is too dangerous for the chicks I would never ship that distance. I am putting together quality lines from a breed that you can't find everywhere, so I already looked for local chicks.

    Thank you,
  8. FreddyC

    FreddyC In the Brooder

    Mar 18, 2014
    Got mine from Ideal Tx to NC and no problems.
  9. kmartinez

    kmartinez Chirping

    Jan 9, 2015
    I got mine from Michigan to Tennessee almost 3 weeks ago. I know it was cold there and here the same day they came in the area it started to snow. I was beside myself with worry. But every chick survived shipping. Mine shipped on a Monday I got them Weds morning.
  10. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Crowing

    Apr 11, 2011
    Mine came from TX (Ideal) to TN, all are fine, picked them up this past Thursday. They even showed up a day early. I also ordered from them when I lived in VA with no problems. Good luck!

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