Shipping hatching eggs in the winter - - - Whatch think? ?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by math ace, Nov 29, 2010.

  1. math ace

    math ace Crowing

    Dec 17, 2009
    Jacksonville, FL
    So, I am thinking about having some hatching eggs sent to me soon . . .

    When is it best to ship eggs?

    IS it BAD - - REALLY BAD - - to ship eggs in the winter?

    Should they be shipped with a heat pack or something to avoid freezing.


  2. lorrir

    lorrir Songster

    Jun 19, 2009
    Upstate SC
    After the eggs are warpped for shipping I would guess they would stay pretty warm. I think fall and spring are better than summer and winter. Winter doesn't start until 12-22.
  3. ChickieBooBoo

    ChickieBooBoo Cold Canadian Chick

    Dec 2, 2009
    It depends where are are coming from, here you never ship eggs in the winter, its just too cold
  4. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    Buy close to home. In the spring I would purchase from Maine with no problem (I am in CA), but this time of year I would only buy west of the Mississippi.

  5. math ace

    math ace Crowing

    Dec 17, 2009
    Jacksonville, FL
    Quote:Good information ! What do you consider SPRING ? ?
    Do you go by a "DATE" or by "TEMPERATURES" . . . ? ? ?

    I am looking at shipping eggs from the New York / Maine area to Florida . . .. .
  6. dwegg

    dwegg Songster

    I have some coming in the post today from Virginia to Georgia...they should be here wed or thurs...I hope they will be fine...spoke to my post-lady and I am leaving a blanket out for her to wrap them in if I am not home when she delivers them...
  7. Arrowhead07

    Arrowhead07 In the Brooder

    Dec 29, 2009
    NW Michigan
    I have only done this for a year, however, I started last fall and had eggs shipped to me all winter. Where I live the days avg 20 to 30 degrees and the nights 10 degrees. Make sure the post office holds them for pick up. I have had no problems YET. I dont feel the hatch rate has been effected by the cold. I still get 33% to 50% from Georgia or Iowa eggs. 3 to 4 days shipping.

  8. mandelyn

    mandelyn Crowing

    Aug 30, 2009
    Mt Repose, OH
    My Coop
    It really just depends on the weather along the route and if the eggs freeze or not. You definitely want to pick them up at the post office unless your mail person comes early in the morning. The less sitting around in cold places the better. If you do Tennessee to Florida, you'll likely be fine. Not much of a chance for a big blizzard to trap the mail for a day or more.

    You would want to avoid a bidding war online in the winter with eggs that would travel long distances, keep the cost down and cross your fingers. I bought eggs semi-locally when the weather was gorgeous, but when shipping time came, it dropped dramatically, the post office took 4 days on a 6 hour trip south so they sat around who knows where, but I have development showing through candling so I can't complain.

    It's all a risk.. buying from someone you've never heard of, from chickens you've never seen, seasonal hazards of shipping, shipping itself and trusting the treatment of the box to who only knows. Then when you finally get them... you have to hope there isn't a serious storm that knocks your power down for days, or temperature fluctuation in the incubator, or anything else that can happen during incubation. This is why sellers don't guarantee a hatch, there's too many things that can happen. Their job is to get fertile eggs to you, nothing more. If they don't develop at all, that doesn't exactly mean they weren't fertile. There are a lot of reasons why a fertile egg doesn't start developing.
  9. flgardengirl

    flgardengirl Songster

    Dec 2, 2009
    Sunny side up :)
    I have had better luck in general with shipped eggs in the winter and early spring than the warmer months here in Fl. I have refrigerated my own hens' eggs, even those of newly laying pullets and had excellent hatch results afterwards.

  10. math ace

    math ace Crowing

    Dec 17, 2009
    Jacksonville, FL
    Quote:Glad to hear it Flgardengirl. I want to wait until after Christmas - - - Do you think it will be too cold for the eggs to come from the GREAT WHITE north of the New York Area ? ? ?

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