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How to ship live birds?

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I recently recieved a pair of Lavender Cochin Bantams from Maryland. They both arrived safe and sound. Okay, so now I would like to start shipping birds ( chickens...duh ). I want to ship only threw Express Mail and not Priority Mail. So do I just put fruits and things in there for them to eat and ship'em off or is there something else I need to do? Thanks

~Aspen smile

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Here are the shipping requirements for adult birds and chicks through the USPS. No, you do not need to put any food or water in as far as I am concerned; but your customer would need to get to it pretty quickly once they arrived. Adult birds are certainly more hardy. Most people ship express mail with live birds. BYCer "The Warden" has done it before, I think.

Adults...
http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=252070

Poultry 1 day old to 8 weeks old...
http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=252067


Edited by PepsNick - 5/10/11 at 5:18am
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Technically you aren't supposed to put any food in there, but I like to put some kind of fruit in there just in case. I once had some silkies take 3 days to get to me from MD, if they hadn't had any 'food' (tomatoes) they would have been DOA.

Here's a good thread on the specifics. http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=222358


Edited by shelleyd2008 - 5/10/11 at 5:25am
Have some Horizon single N.E.S.T. bird shippers available!  Send me a message if you're interested!
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Have some Horizon single N.E.S.T. bird shippers available!  Send me a message if you're interested!
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Thank you for the replys. smile

~Aspen

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