Tuesday was our very first chick shipment for this season. We hatch on Monday nights and ship on Tuesday mornings. Chick shipping day is always a busy, hectic, run myself crazy day. The first thing I do to get ready is mix up the grow gel. Each box gets 2 little cups hot glued in the corners to hold the grow gel. The chicks eat this along the way and it keeps them hydrated during shipment. Grow gel is mixed with water.
The end product looks like green jell-o salad and the chicks seem to love it. I was afraid when I first began to use it. I wasn't sure if the chicks could find it in the box. After asking customers what they see, it seems the chicks find it just fine and eat it all. Most hatcheries charge for grow gel, we don't, I think it's just worth it to put it in the box and have healthy chicks arrive at their new home.
Each box gets a heat pack in the bottom of the box under the grassy pad.