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Shipping eggs or chicks in freezing weather?
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Ana    Posted 02-09-2003 at 11:48:53       [Reply]  [Send Email]
It's still freezing here in MO, but I'd like to order eggs to incubate and/or chicks to start. Anyone have experience with mail-order in bad weather? Should I wait till at least above freezing? Thanks.


Curt    Posted 02-09-2003 at 13:20:35       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I just had a bad experience last week. Lost 22 out of 26 chicks. They shipped from my own state. It was not a problem with the hatchery, the postal service neglected them on the way. They are replacing the entire order and are insuring this batch. This hatchery ships nation wide and told me the chicks can ship anywhere in U.S. as long as the drivers know they have chicks, so they can be protected. You will probably find it is cheaper to order chicks vs. eggs. Plus you may pay for eggs that don't hatch.


Dave    Posted 02-09-2003 at 13:33:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
I had the advantage of having a relatively small post office pretty close to us. I told them to be expecting them and gave them my phone number and they told me that the truck gets there about 6:15 a.m. and if I wanted, they would call when they arrived. Sure enough 6:30 last Thursday morning they gave me a call and I went and picked them up. Had a good conversation about chickens with the two postal workers that were there and everything was just fine. I'm sure this would not be the case in all post offices, but if you drop by and give them a heads up I'm sure they'd be helpful.


Curt    Posted 02-09-2003 at 14:13:42       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I talked to them the same day this happened. They were very helpfull. Found out they call within 15 min. of getting the chicks. The problem is the chicks make 2 stops on the way to my post office. So I had to work with 3 seperate post offices. They were all very friendly and I get the impression this does not happen often. In fact, one of the post offices in another town called this morning to tell me the chicks are doing fine and will be warm over night until they get onto a truck to get to my local post office.


Dave    Posted 02-09-2003 at 11:58:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
I just ordered some day old chicks from Ideal. They made it just fine. Had the brooders ready when they arrived. They box them pretty good and if you order enough they will huddle and keep each other warm. If you don't order enough, you'll get some freebies cause they will add some roosters for warmth. Check out the link below and check out the gallery for a couple of pictures.


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