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Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by dandydoodle, Sep 25, 2011.
If you don't ship chicks at a day old how long do you have to wait????
Are you able to ship once chicks are feathered out and can get out from under the lamp??? If so how do you get them food and water for the travel. I know when they are a little older you can send oranges and apples. Anyone have any suggestions?
I have only shipped adult birds who can go without food and water for 2 days.
The post office was slow and it took 3 days.
I don't know many chicks that can live that long without food and water.
The reason they ship day old chicks is because they can go a couple days without food and water because the mom sits on the eggs til all the eggs hatch and that takes a couple days, so chicks are designed to begin eating after a day or two when every chick in the nest is hatched and ready to go.
But juvenile chickens are more fragile. The hatcheries ship them at about 10 weeks I noticed if you order juveniles. I think from hatching til 10 weeks, they need the food and water consistantly.
So I can ship them at 10 weeks????