What's the best number of chicks to order in cold weather (optimum survival rate / box size)?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by SeaChick, Apr 4, 2013.

  1. SeaChick

    SeaChick Songster

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    My chicks are being shipped April 14, and it's still REALLY cold here. I know the boxes are sized for 25, 50, or 100 chicks. Right now I have an order of 25, but I'd like to add a few more.

    However- if that means the hatchery would increase the box size to the 50-count size, might that be worse for their survival (less chicks in a bigger space)? I'd rather do what's best for them.

    Anyone ship chicks and have any input into this? Thanks!
     
  2. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Crowing

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    I've had hatchery chicks shipped in February (25). They all arrived in excellent shape, but the hatchery included a heat pack. Maybe you could call them and request they add one to the box? They may charge you a little extra for it, but it'll be cheaper then ordering more chicks and well worth the peace of mind :)
     
  3. SeaChick

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    Thanks, yes, I've had a heat pack included in small orders before as well.

    I was more asking about the box size difference (a 25-chick box versus one twice as large for 50 chicks) and whether shipping 30 chicks in a 50-chick box might stress them more than just getting 25 chicks in a 25-chick box. I realize this is a nitpicky sort of question ;)

    I'm going to call and ask the hatchery what they think.
     
  4. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Crowing

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    Calling the hatchery is a good idea. I've never ordered more than 25 chicks at a time, so I can't say about box size :)
     

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