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Eggs, Hatchlings and Poults

Hatching Eggs and day-old chicks, poults and ducklings require a specialty handling mindset throughout. Hatching Eggs are very sensitive to rough handling, temperature extremes and fluctuations. Recommended transit temperatures are between 55 to 65 degrees F. Improper handling can cause the embryo to die within the shell, losing hatchability. For day-old-chicks its important the plastic or cardboard case has adequate ventilation. Temperatures during transport should be 65-to-75-degree F. For poults, we recommend reverse engineering to the number of cases that can be taken per aircraft. This can vary pending trade lane. CFI understand there is a long advance planning stage that takes place as timing the hatch to ship is crucial. With limited oxygen or air flow depending on aircraft cargo hold, making sure we don’t “over ship” to what the aircraft should take is important. Making sure no dry ice is in that hold departure day and when loading the container ensuring there are enough air flow channels that also help manage the heat coming from the chicks themselves is also things we keep in mind.

At CFI, a sense of urgency is a must with the limited time allowed for transit, so mortality is minimized, and ROI maximized. It’s about continuous monitoring, the best route to the destination, the most oxygen in route, limiting sunlight, heat and cold exposure while the documentation is organized in such a way allowing for as smooth as possible clearance at destination.

When packing and loading poults or chicks for transit, we take into consideration the transit time, quantities, space, and oxygen flow to mitigate any issues upon arrival.

CFI understands that the journey is just beginning when the poults reach our care, and we make sure the temperature and transit ensure they reach their destination at exactly the right time.

Poults ship from March through August and fertile eggs ship from May through July. Whether you’re looking for chicken eggs, bantam chicken eggs, duck eggs, turkey eggs, guinea eggs, quail eggs, pheasant eggs, or non-fowl hatchlings, CFI makes sure they’re happy and healthy at arrival.

We understand that for live hatchlings, only the gentlest and most cautious care will do. We make sure each one has the best chance to grow after we deliver them safely to your door.