The hatching eggs that we ship are the exact same eggs that we use here in the hatchery. We pack and ship orders for hatching eggs on Tuesdays. The eggs are shipped by USPS Priority Mail and arrive between Wednesday and Friday directly to your address. Egg orders can sometimes take up to 2 weeks for delivery but are still viable for incubation. Because of their delicate nature, hatching eggs that are shipped may experience a slight decrease in the success of hatching. Eggs do tend to get bumped around somewhat during the shipping process, so we want to show you how carefully we pack the eggs destined for shipping.
During extremely cold weather, please use your best judgment on deciding to order hatching eggs during the winter. We are unable to put a heat pack in the shipping box because it may begin the eggs’ incubation time.
Packing a box of hatching eggs includes multiple layers of material to ensure the eggs arrive unbroken. First, 2 layers of open-cell foam are placed in the bottom of the Priority Mail shipping box. The layers of foam are an exact fit to the inside box dimension so no shifting can occur. Next, a piece of foam with 25 egg-sized cutouts is placed on top. Each hatching egg is then placed individually into one of these cutouts until all of the eggs for the order are surrounded in cushiony foam. Then a piece of solid flat foam is placed on top of the eggs. If the order is for more than 25 hatching eggs, another piece of cut out foam is now added and the rest of the eggs are set into the cutouts. We can pack a maximum of 50 eggs into a single box, so orders for more than 48 eggs (allowing for free extras that we include if available) will ship in more than one box. Next, the cylinder foam cutout pieces are placed on top of the solid foam for even more cushioning. The final layer consists of 2 cardboard egg flats to take up any headroom in the box. If the order is for more than 25 eggs, then the cardboard may not be needed because of the double layer of eggs in foam.
At this point, the box is sealed, labeled, and sent to the post office for delivery. With USPS Priority Mail service, you automatically receive the tracking number by email when the package is scanned into the USPS system at the post office.