Ordering Eggs?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Silkiehen, Aug 4, 2014.

  1. Silkiehen

    Silkiehen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Pros and cons of ordering eggs from the internet? I have heard that the x-ray kills the chick. Tell me your experiences! Best place to order if I decide?
     
  2. Gatsbysmum

    Gatsbysmum Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The closer the location is to you, the better. And be prepared to have a few that don't hatch. A lot of places add an "extra" or two because of this. :)
     
  3. darkbluespace

    darkbluespace Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had already ordered shipped eggs when I started to realize the complications that can arise. Air cells can become detached, yolks can get scrambled. I think hatch rates are often around 40 to 50 % with shipped eggs though some people have great rates on shipped eggs. Do some searches on here about how to incubate shipped eggs and see if you are up for it. If you can't get certain eggs locally then it might be worth it. If you can get them locally then that is definitely the way to go.
     
  4. Silkiehen

    Silkiehen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you! I can only find barnyard mixes and breeds I am no interested in around here. I don't want to spend a ton of money and only have only a few hatch! Than you for replying!
    Ok, thank you!
     
  5. MangerSainFarms

    MangerSainFarms Out Of The Brooder

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    I order some speckled Sussex eggs from an internet based site that is reputable and well backed. Out of 13 eggs not a single one hatched. Candling showed 2/13 barely developed beyond yolks. The rest looked like scrambled eggs. Used incubator for years to hatch before with no issues. Only thing I can foresee is the shipment ruined them. Good luck to you. Close and local is best
     
  6. Silkiehen

    Silkiehen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am thinking i shouldn't order eggs. It would probably be cheaper just to order chicks!
     
  7. MangerSainFarms

    MangerSainFarms Out Of The Brooder

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    Chicks seem to fair better and it's easier to get reimbursed should something happen to any during shipment.
     
  8. Cracked SA

    Cracked SA Out Of The Brooder

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    I can't get eggs or chicks of the species I want in my country. . Would anyone be prepared to help me out by acting as a sender on the US side? I'll pay of coursel
     
  9. dheltzel

    dheltzel Overrun With Chickens

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    Everyone wants to be helpful, but if you can't get eggs shipped from another country legally, smuggling them is not something to consider lightly. People in the US have done jail time for smuggling eggs internationally. In this age of inspecting with X-rays and reading most internet communications, the likelihood of success is much lower than the likelihood of getting caught.

    As other posters have mentioned, shipping even short distances in the US often results in no hatched chicks at all, I can't imagine eggs getting to you and still hatching. It wasn't always this way, I've had eggs shipped and got great hatches years ago, but it seems like our postal workers take pride in destroying as much as they can now.
     
  10. Cracked SA

    Cracked SA Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks. I wasn't thinking of doing anything illegal. I just need a sender. Because there is no one currently breeding them here... and in my situation, I would have to risk the postage system or accept I'll never have the chickens I want...
     

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