MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc. has burned the midnight oil to prepare for a shipment of 135,000 pheasant eggs that left for Europe from Chicago O’Hare Airport on May 17, 2016. It takes a lot of people-power to put together a shipment of this size, and communication is the key. The office was busy getting numbers, health certificates, coordinating drivers, and scheduling flights for the eggs. Many people were involved in boxing the eggs and getting the eggs ready for shipping.
What did it take to get eggs ready for shipment?
Eggs were collected daily, prior to this shipment. Our egg collection crews were collecting over 30,000 pheasant eggs daily from our breeder flock.
- Every egg was washed soon after collection by the egg washing crew at the breeder farm.
- The eggs were picked up by the hatchery crew and taken to the hatchery. Each egg was then stamped with our NPIP number.
- The eggs were then cased (boxed) at 420 eggs per case.
- The 135,000 eggs were cased in 324 cases.
- The cases were then palletized (see the attached picture).
- Within 24 hours of the shipment leaving for O’Hare, the USDA vet in Madison signed the health certificate.
- Our trucks delivered the shipment to O’Hare Airport with the original health certificates.
- Lastly, the shipments left O’Hare for Charles De Gaulle Airport and for Heathrow Airport in London.
When the eggs arrive in Europe, our customers immediately take them to their hatcheries to begin the incubation process. We have been shipping eggs overseas for many years now, and our employees never lose the excitement of knowing our hard work is responsible for pheasants (eggs, in this case) traveling around the world. We are grateful at MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc. for our employee dedication to this shipment and the shipments yet to happen this season. This is a busy time of year for chick and egg sales. Be sure to watch our website for sales and call us at 800-345-8348, if you need help with your order.