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When you sell chicks, what do you deliver them in?

Discussion in 'Chickenstocks, Shows, Meet-Ups' started by Chick_In_The_Burbs, Feb 24, 2013.

  1. Chick_In_The_Burbs

    Chick_In_The_Burbs Songster

    Jun 26, 2010
    Western Washington
    Hi all, I am getting off the ground with my business and was looking for a slightly more professional way to deliver chicks. I am selling day olds and, eventually, started pullets. At most swaps I have been to people bring heir own carriers but I am also selling locally via Craigslist and FB.

    I was looking at cardboard pet boxes but I can't find them for sale wholesale anywhere. [​IMG] And the few I could find are far to big for delivering three or four chicks.

  2. mstricer

    mstricer Crowing

    Feb 12, 2009
    If you are selling day old you can order boxes from a lot of hatcheries or from http://www.hm-e.net/
    I get mine from Meyer hatchery I live down the road so I don't have to pay shipping
  3. Chick_In_The_Burbs

    Chick_In_The_Burbs Songster

    Jun 26, 2010
    Western Washington
  4. hoppy

    hoppy I'm not all fluff

    May 5, 2007
    central maine
    I've got some small boxes the the local store gets premade macoroni salad containers in. they even have air holes on one end.
    Home Made Brand Foods Co Inc Newburyport, MA

    maybe you can find something like this from a local store.

  5. troy4

    troy4 Songster

    Jul 9, 2013
    In da Country Coop
    well I've never sold chicks but, I do know what you can put them in. Try maybe cardboard boxes?
    Last edited: Sep 30, 2013
  6. GardenerGal

    GardenerGal Songster

    Dec 20, 2008
    I use sturdy cardboard boxes, and reinforce the seams with duct tape or packing tape.

    If the birds are going to auction or tailgate swap, so I want potential buyers to be able to see them without me having to open the box (and all the risk that comes with that - lol), I cut out a good sized window on the side, take a piece of chicken wire or hardware cloth screening, and duct tape it securely all around the edges, holding the screen in place. The birds get good ventilation and light. Also, I always give them at least an inch of pine shavings for bedding. It cushions the box for them, absorbs their poop, and gives them something to nestle into during their travels.

    If the chickens are going to be in the box for a while, I toss in some apple chunks and green lettuce (to quench thirst since it's not practical to include a water dish), and some bread ends, poultry pellets or other goodies to keep them fed and distracted from the stress of being moved.

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