Originally Posted by bullets
This topic has got me curious. With the shipping boxes for chicks. .it's my understanding that you may use a priority flat rate box to ship chicks in as long as they have adequate spacing and vent holes and marked as live chicks. I couldn't find anything on Usps website saying hey had to be in the certain box. Just an adequate box. Not trying to ruffle any feathers at all. I'm just wondering if anyone has any further insight on this? I'd like to know in case I ever want to send chicks to someone.
That is a good question. If properly ventilated, and everything, why not?
Originally Posted by minihorse927
I can guarantee refusal at all my local PO if they show up in a priority box that has been cut for air holes. The post offices I have dealt with consider this destruction of their personal property.
I had someone ship me chicks that way once. The local PO raised a fuss and I had to pay extra plus they were not going to let me have the chicks.
So cutting holes in a USPS box is destruction of property? They destroy the boxes themselves!!! Not like many of the boxes get reused anyway, so what's the big deal about adding ventilation if they're still getting postage fees?
I'm going to ask them next time I'm at the P.O. if day old chicks can be shipped in Priority boxes with ventilation holes. I always used chick boxes because they are made for shipping, and even when stacked there are spaces between the boxes for ventilation. I have some Flock-Lock boxes now. I'm not sure I like them as well. They like regular brown boxes, can be stacked thereby reducing ventilation, and you're not supposed to add the excelsior matt or shavings. Seems like a corrugated cardboard matt would be slick for them to stand on? I've used them twice. Nobody complained. I just don't know how well they perform.