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Quail Shipping
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Rowdy Yates    Posted 01-09-2004 at 20:29:34       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Does anyone know for sure if it would hurt quail eggs to ship them this time of year? I'm needing some fertilized eggs and I've found a fellow in Virginia who will ship them to me. I live in Southeastern Ohio. The temp here has been 8-27 degrees F the past several days. The fellow with the eggs says that the cold will not hurt them as long as they are not exposed too long. But who's to say that? You know that those shippers are so careful and all!!! LOL!!! I understand that they should be stored at 55F until incubation anyway. I would buy closer and pick up myself, but I haven't any luck finding anyone, especially this time of year. Any thoughts or ideas would be appreciated

just curious-    Posted 01-10-2004 at 05:56:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
We have a neighbor that raises exotic birds, and quail, and pheasants. He has been at it for years.
Ships all over the country. We are in Old Virginny. Did you buy eggs from a fella named Brian?

Let us know how it went- Mike D.

Juliana    Posted 01-09-2004 at 21:00:37       [Reply]  [Send Email]
If they are shipped overnight and there are enough of them to keep each other warm, it would probably be fine. Do you have plans to keep them warm, fed and dry till they are put outside? Will the house have some heat? I don't think you can just plunk them out in that kind of weather. Make sure you have everything ready BEFORE you get them.

Rowdy Yates    Posted 01-09-2004 at 21:11:42       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Yes, I have a heated building. They are eggs that I'm ordering, so it will be close to a month before the even hatch. By the time I get them they won't be ready to hatch until about the 1st of march. And then several weeks of brooding, by that time warmer weather will be moving in. Thanks

Pitch    Posted 01-10-2004 at 01:46:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
I work for the Post Office and we handle live chicks,eggs and bees everyday. They are shipped express mail and insured. If the guy knows what he is doing they will be in an insulated container. Don't expect your carrier to deliver them though, we always call the customer when they arriv at the office to come pick them up. You don't want them in a cold mail truck for that extra 4 or 5 hours on the route.

Rowdy Yates    Posted 01-10-2004 at 05:45:12       [Reply]  [Send Email]
So you think that they'll be alright then?
Thanks for the info everyone!

TnDave    Posted 01-10-2004 at 22:02:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
As long as he follows the advice given above. If he knows what he's doing I wouldn't worry too much about it. You might give your local post office a heads up, give them a card with your name & number, tell them what day you expect them to arrive. (your # should be on the address lable too)I got day old chicks last Feb. They called me at 6:00 am and told me thez there I went and picked them up right then. Got home before sun-up. It was colder than a witches...well it was pretty cold for Tn.
I plan to do it all over again next month.

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