Originally Posted by cjwaldon
Well you know, postage will vary between $45-$75 depending on age of birds when shipped, box between $4-$15, again depending on age of birds, heat packs are $4 each, grogel, etc. Shipping chicks is a PITA, especially when you don't do it on a regular basis and so don't all your ducks in a row.
So well said. In fact, even shipping eggs is a PITA if one doesn't do it all the time and have all the materials at hand.
It isn't a simple thing of pulling any old box out of your basement, sticking the birds in the box, writing the address on the box and putting a stamp on it.
The boxes have to be USPS approved - that is for the welfare of the birds.
The boxes are pricey and as ravynfallen said, in addition to buying the approved boxes, one must pay the high price of shipping the boxes to the bird seller.
One has to decide if they are going to ship birds once or twice or on a regular basis. It doesn't make sense to buy 24 boxes if they're going to sit in storage forever.
The boxes have to be assembled and appropriate bedding like excelsior pads added. Additional material and shipping costs.
You have to prepare the birds. In winter, you need to keep roosters in a warm space so you aren't shipping a bird with frostbitten combs.
Ideally, one should make sure their birds are conditioned for the stress of shipment. That could take 2 days or more of making sure they're well hydrated before going into the box and if conditions of extreme heat or cold, they should have their environment moderated.
If using heat packs, one must evaluate shipping distance and the proper heat pack to enclose whether that be 12 hour, 24, 36, 48, etc..
Those have to be purchased well in advance and adding more shipping charges.
You have to have done your due diligence to have annual blood tests to be NPIP. You have to properly complete the NPIP forms, include one with shipment and then send copies to the state.
Then there is hand carrying the birds to the best postal facility for rapid processing.
I'm sure I forgot other hassles. I for one am not going to go through all that work for free.
I recommend if anyone wants to complain about shipping and handling charges, they drive to the breeder, pick them up and drive them back home.
Unless one is in state, that could be a multiday trip. Shipping is still cheaper.
Originally Posted by kajira
I forget you guys need heatpacks in other states.
If you put a heatpack and ship to texas, you'll overheat the birds. lol
Mine are always sweating when I get them. It's 70 at night here, and 90+ during the daytime still.
Perhaps a 12 or 24 hour heat pack would get them there.
Edited by ChickenCanoe - 10/17/16 at 10:19am