I have received literally hundreds of shrimp through the mail but I have little experience shipping them, let alone in the cold weather. I'm looking for tips and suggestions from those who have this experience and who can share it with those of us who don't.
How do you pack, how many shrimp would you include in each bag, what all do you include in your packing?
Head to Home Depot to pick up a 4x8 sheet of styrofoam insulation. Just cut it down to size. One sheet is about $12 and lasts for tons of boxes. Also good for going under tanks, useful as insulation for tanks during power outages, etc.
Average temps here in Upstate NY earlier this week was 30-45f. I received a package from Florida which left on Monday and got to me Wednesday. There were 12 fish total, all juveniles. 4 Kordon breather bags with the fish distributed between them. One 72 hour heat pack (I think - it looked generic with no printing on it) that was still warm when I opened the box. The total on shipping was $16.50 for this deal.
Here are some pix of the box and packing. I took them for that time when I too might want to ship animals. The guy I got them from, in my opinion, did it right. With over 900 transactions on aquabid he has 100% positive rating.
Just for your info, there's an active forum affiliated with aquabid.com, and they have as one of their forum topics: Shipping... I recommend you take a look over there too.