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How to Ship Eggs

We no longer ship eggs for hatching unless we have a personal excess.

Once your quail start to lay eggs there are a number of things you might consider doing with them. Hatching being an obvious answer while others eat them or feed them back to birds. You might consider joining one of the monthly  egg swaps (sending your information to the board hostess, sending your eggs to a mystery partner, and receiving eggs from a mystery partner).  Some folks make jewelery, some sell eggs,  and some just trade eggs to gain different colors and bloodlines.

If your decision involves shipping your eggs you will want to package them properly so that they will survive the trip and have a higher success of hatching. The box you ship in can be just about any sturdy box. It seems most people who ship eggs use priority shipping. Priority shipping is a 2-3 day service and is fairly decently priced. The priority boxes are free from your local post office and can be ordered to have shipped to your door as well. Priority mail has flat rate boxes so no matter how much the box weighs you pay the same flat rate cost.

The method we used involves egg flats. You can purchase paper mache egg flats that fit most any sized egg including quail. We fill the egg flat with the eggs pointed end down.  We then wrap those in bubble wrap securing all sides with masking tape so that the eggs do not have room to move around. We prefer masking tape because it is less sticky than other tapes and easily comes off of bubble wrap when the package is opened. Stickier tapes can make it hard to open the package. Once the egg flat full of eggs is wrapped in bubble wrap. We fill the box partially with packaging peanuts then set the egg flats on top of the peanuts. We then fill the box further with the peanuts making sure they are on all sides of the bubble wrapped egg flat. We make sure that the peanuts are to the very top of the box so when shut there is not room for movement but also not so many the lid needs pressure to be shut possibly crushing the eggs.

Other folks line the bottom of the box with bubble wrap and individually wrap each egg in bubble wrap laying them on top of the bubble wrap then adding yet more bubble wrap till there is no room left for movement. Either way will work as long as you are careful and plan for there to be no movement inside the box once it's sealed up.

When we shipped larger eggs than the quail such as our bantam chickens we layer peanuts on the bottom but instead of using egg flats we use egg cartons and wrap each egg in bubble wrap before we place the egg into the carton. We then place the carton in the box and put a layer of packing peanuts on top of the carton before sealing the box.

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