Has anyone used cardboard pet carriers to ship chickens? They are so similar and cheaper.

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by peepblessed, Mar 23, 2012.

  1. peepblessed

    peepblessed Chillin' With My Peeps

    I don't have a local place to purchase chicken shipping boxes and shipping costs are high. Has anyone used a cardboard pet carrier? Around $7.00.
     
  2. peepblessed

    peepblessed Chillin' With My Peeps

    Does anyone think this is a good idea?
     
  3. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Overrun With Chickens

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    Is it reinforced enough so it won't get crushed? Post office can be pretty rough with boxes.

    Regulations are pretty specific from the post office. All their regulations are on-line, so you could look it up.

    I believe you must have filters over the air holes. There is probably a way to do that without buying them.
     
  4. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Overrun With Chickens

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    I was curious enough to go and look. The most obvious problem is that the pet carrier has straight sides. With straight sides, another straight sided box pushed up against it will block the air holes.
     
  5. Whittni

    Whittni Overrun With Chickens

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    I don't think its a good idea, the fecal matter would make the box soggy and could rip.
     
  6. peepblessed

    peepblessed Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oh! You're right! I hadn't thought of that....
     
  7. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    It's illegal to do it that way. They have to be in a bio-filter box.
     
  8. peepblessed

    peepblessed Chillin' With My Peeps

    I think good bedding would probably solve that...
     
  9. peepblessed

    peepblessed Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks so much!!!
     
  10. Whittni

    Whittni Overrun With Chickens

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