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Shipping eggs long distance

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by CindyS, Sep 1, 2009.

  1. CindyS

    CindyS Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just shipped eggs to California from Illinois, for an ebay buyer. He had emailed me to make sure I sent fertile eggs, because he said he has recieved alot of infertile eggs from other ebay members. and to make sure I had them well packed for the trip. Well the packing is no problem, I have sent hundreds of boxes of eggs and never have had one break. As far as the fertility part, I KNOW they are fertile, have been hatching these eggs all summer. But as we all know, shipping can make eggs APPEAR unfertile. I know his other sellers sent him fertile eggs but some people just dont get it. If ANYONE has had a sucessful hatch or knows of one with long distance eggs please let me know:) I need to know if these little eggs have a chance, BTW they are serama and he paid ALOT for them ($53 for 12+)
     
  2. ColbyNTX

    ColbyNTX Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 2, 2009
    Woods, TX
    I live in East Texas and have had eggs shipped from WA state and SC with hatchrates in the high 80%s. If they are bubble wrapped and packed good, they will do fine if the USPS doesn't destroy them. I got eggs from NJ one time and the seller wrapped a single paper towle around each egg, put them in a styrofoam egg crate, placed a little wadded up paper in a box and shipped them. 2 of the 18 eggs were smashed in shipping. 1 of 16 hatched.
     
  3. onthespot

    onthespot Deluxe Dozens

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    I would have sent him two extras labled "for cracking open to check fertility" and hope that would settle him down.
     
  4. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

    Dec 20, 2008
    Boise, Idaho
    I have bought a lot of shipped eggs. Most coming from back east, we don't have a lot of breeders in the north west. Certain breeds ship better than others and losses should be expected. That said there are many dishonest sellers and bad shippers out there as well . . . certain breeds more than others. I am sure that his scepticism stems from a bad experience, and that your good eggs will keep him as a future customer.
     
  5. AK-Bird-brain

    AK-Bird-brain I gots Duckies!

    May 7, 2007
    Sterling, Alaska
    We have successfully shipped eggs from Alaska all the way to Florida. It's not about how far they travel it's a combination of how they are handled in route and what temperatures they are subjected to.
     

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