Shipping eggs and chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by meagan1823, Apr 12, 2016.

  1. meagan1823

    meagan1823 Out Of The Brooder

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    I was wondering how you guys ship and pack your eggs? Are there certain boxes you have to use? Any regulations?
    What about chicks? Regulations, certain boxes?
    Any tutorials?
    Where do you get your supplies?
    Hatch rate of shipping eggs?
     
  2. realsis

    realsis Crazy for Silkies

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    You might get a better answer asking someone who sells chicks. I just received my shipped chicks today. They were shipped from Meyer hatchery. They ALL did great! They were packaged very nicely and thoughtfully with the chicks needs in mind. Mine had a heat pack to keep them cozy with special nesting material on the bottom and sides. They were hatched and shipped yesterday, arrived today healthy and happy. Of course there are regulations for shipping. You can call and ask any hatchery and they can best tell you what those are. The hatchery can also best tell you hatch rate of shipped eggs as well. Most shipped chicks do quite well. Most hatcheries take extra care to insure their safe and comfortable journey.
     
  3. sdm111

    sdm111 Overrun With Chickens

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    Have been shipping eggs a while and as long as the new owner does their job good they have had excellent results

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  4. meagan1823

    meagan1823 Out Of The Brooder

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    What are those tubes? That you use? And do you just ship priority? Do you mark it as fragile or special handling?

     
  5. sdm111

    sdm111 Overrun With Chickens

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    I will not put hatching eggs I just put fragile and this end up. I am convinced hatching eggs on the box brings unwanted attention. Yes priority 2 sometimes 3 day if going to Alaska or Hawaii. Usually 12.65 shipping
    The containers are sterile medical specimen cups (4oz)
     
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  6. keesmom

    keesmom Overrun With Chickens

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    There are a multitude of ways to package and ship eggs. Hatch rate will vary from 0-100% depending on roughness in shipping, incubator, hatcher's experience, and so on

    Chicks need to be sent in approved shipping containers (Horizon or similar).
     
  7. meagan1823

    meagan1823 Out Of The Brooder

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    Okay thanks for the tips. I don't really have anything worth shipping right now but was just wondering how everyone did ship them and what the costs were.
     
  8. AK Chick

    AK Chick Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you for posting this! I have chickens, but have never incubated eggs before, and was also curious as to how fertile eggs get shipped. Great info!
     
  9. sdm111

    sdm111 Overrun With Chickens

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    You're welcome they are packed and shipped a bunch of ways this one is just mine and it works for me. I would also highly suggest the Hatcher use Broody hens in lieu of an incubator to give them more chances of success.
     
  10. meagan1823

    meagan1823 Out Of The Brooder

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    How do you guys ship 1+ week old and adult birds? Do they travel wit food/water. Can you use a chicken box for 2 week old chick's or would you have to use an adult bird box.
     

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