Shipping chicks and eggs.

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by jay1995, Oct 7, 2009.

  1. jay1995

    jay1995 Songster

    Jan 27, 2009
    St. Augustine, Florida
    How would you pack 4 small chicks into a box to ship? And how much would it be? What kind of shipping should I use?
  2. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    You need more than 4 day old chicks to generate enough heat to survive shipping. MPC uses some kind of heat pack to do it, but it's not something I'd advise doing.
  3. jay1995

    jay1995 Songster

    Jan 27, 2009
    St. Augustine, Florida
    They are all a week old or more.
  4. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    The only birds you can safely ship are either day olds or ones that are much older.
  5. mypicklebird

    mypicklebird Songster

    Aug 8, 2008
    Sonoma Co, CA
    Not recommended/don't do it--- why do you want to do this?
    Hatcheries ship 25 or more together so they can keep each other warm, and they ship 1 day old chicks- as they can survive 2-3 days on the remaining yolk in their abdomens. This is still hard on them, and shipping losses often happen. They pack them in to a small but strong box with air holes and a pad for traction and a bit of insulation. Older birds can be shipped- like 3mo and up, they are old and large enough to keep themselves warm, and will eat apple slices packed with them to keep from dehydrating and dying. A week old chicks is a fragile thing, they need to stay warm and have access to chick food & water at all times. The boxes can get turned upside down, there is no way to send food and water with them, even if you got a battery pack heater to keep them warm. You need to wait until they are much older and can survive 2-3 days on apples or similar. If a person wants these, they need to pick up or you need to drop them off in person- or wait until they are much older to ship.
  6. happi752

    happi752 Songster

    Sep 12, 2009
    Casa Grande
    pack them with a couple of hot hands. those are in the sporting goods store. they activate with the air and stay nice and warm for 18 hours. most of the off brand names will only last 8 to 10 hours but the brand name "hot hands" will last 18 hours. the chicks will huddle on them to keep warm during shipment. That will at least give them a good chance at shipping. also put lots of pine shavings in the box for them to huddle down in. that will help hold the heat in also.

    oops i thought these were day old chicks. you cannot ship 1 week old chicks. they will die.
    Last edited: Oct 7, 2009
  7. pips&peeps

    pips&peeps There is no "I" in Ameraucana

    Jan 18, 2008
    Newman Lake, WA
    You cannot ship chicks that young. They will not survive the trip without food and water, even if they have heat.

    A bird must weigh over 6 ounces to be shipped, if it is not a day old chick.
  8. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

    Jan 12, 2007
    Land of Lincoln
    Quote:I agree with this if you really need to ship four chicks. Seen those things all over and not only HOT HANDS, you can also find some heaters in pet stores where they get their fish mailed by UPS or USPS. It is very simliar or same as Hot Hands. Also some apples. For THAT young, can you wait awhile so they will get a bit older like amonth old up to three months of age?

    Ive had 15 chicks shipped in the dead cold in Feb by Ideal to me and no losses.
    Last edited: Oct 7, 2009

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