Transporting set eggs?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Saveadane, Apr 17, 2016.

  1. Saveadane

    Saveadane Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 27, 2008
    DFW, Tx
    I have a question for you all. There is a seller local to me that sells goose eggs. I told her I wanted to get some from her, but it would have to be next week. She told me that she had 4 ready to go, but I responded that I was busy this weekend. I told her to go ahead and sell those and I'd be interested whenever she got more ready. She responded back to me today that she went ahead and set them, but I can pick them up later this week. Is it just me, or is that an epically bad idea? I'm maybe 20-30 minutes away from her. Even if I was able to keep the temperature correct (somehow), I don't think the developing embryos would survive the jostling of the journey. I'd be happy to let her set them and buy the goslings instead, but it sounds like she still wants to sell them to me as hatching eggs. Do you think there's any way to get them here safely? I really don't want to upset the lady because I would like eggs from her, but I don't want to spend a bunch of money on eggs that will die in transport. [​IMG]
  2. feedman77

    feedman77 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 10, 2013
    I don't think that early in the incubation cycle the time out of the Bator would hurt them. Hens get off the nest longer than your drive times to eat, drink, and have a constitution.

    Set them in egg cartons or a box to keep them stable and they should be fine. For the ride home.
  3. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

    Oct 11, 2014
    Gouverneur, NY
    I wouldn't do it. You aren't talking a matter of a day or two right? Once that embryo has started forming, I'd be reluctant to chance it, escpecially more than 5-10 minute ride. I'd want fresh unincubated eggs and that's that.
  4. nhrocks

    nhrocks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 1, 2015
    Barnstead NH
    It can be done. I had to move set goose eggs, I think they were two weeks along? Forty minute journey. I packed them in a cooler, well padded, with mason jars of hot water. All survived to hatch day!

    It's not like you'd be sending them through the mail where the box would get all banged up for a couple days, just a short, gentle car ride, lovingly packed, and avoiding potholes!

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